Personal injury is described as an injury to your body, mind, or emotions and can cover all types of injuries involving head injuries, slip and fall accidents, car or construction accidents, as well as medical malpractice. In Massachusetts, if you have suffered an injury that you believe was due to someone else’s negligence, then you can seek compensation, even if you were partly responsible for the accident. Before deciding to file a lawsuit, or pursue compensation, it is important to know your rights within the law. Therefore, it is highly recommended that anyone suffering due to any mishap, accident or medical injury contact a personal injury & medical malpractice attorney for advice and guidance through complicated personal injury laws. Consider the following:
Statute of Limitations
Massachusetts sets a time limit for an individual to file a personal injury lawsuit which usually begins from the date of injury. There are a few rare cases where this date could shift, but none-the-less, the injured individual must keep the three-year limit in mind and seek legal advice as soon as possible.
If an individual has an accident and is found partly responsible, that person may be entitled to partial compensation and reduced damages. For instance, if someone slips on a wet floor in a grocery store while staring at their cell phone, they could still be partially compensated for any injuries.
In Massachusetts, caps set for medical malpractice are only for non-economic damages. This cap is $500,000. These types of damages include pain and suffering, anxiety, and disfigurement, among others. Exceptions to this cap are if the individual suffered permanent loss or impairment of a bodily function or substantial disfigurement.
Even though Massachusetts is a no-fault state, which means that if involved in an accident an individual is expected to seek compensation with their insurance company, there are exceptions here too. If an individual has more than $2,000 in medical expenses or has suffered a loss of vision or hearing, a broken bone or serious disfigurement there may be some room to negotiate outside the no-fault system.
What remains clear is that even within the personal injury system, there are many not so clear areas which are best handled by a professional. Do not wade through all this on your own. A professional in this field will do the investigative work for you, obtain needed records, file claims, and work with you and the current laws to obtain the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, please contact our office to discuss your rights and potential compensation.