Car Accident Attorneys of Melrose Helping Auto Accident Victims Recover Fair Compensation for Their Injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident, you most likely are facing a mountain of medical bills and other medical expenses related to your injury. In Massachusetts, you have the legal right to sue another driver for personal injuries and property damage if you believe they were at fault in the accident.
After you have been injured in a car accident, you presume that the other driver’s insurance company will treat you fairly, pay your claim, and you will receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and pain and suffering. Regrettably, many accident claims do not work out in the injury victim’s favor.
Insurance companies are driven by profit and feel that they are only accountable to their shareholders. Consequently, injury victims who file a claim are often caught off guard when they are offered settlements that are significantly less than the damages they have suffered. In some instances, their claim is denied outright.
The Martino Law Group, LLC has a vast amount of experience in handling auto accident cases and is committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve after being injured.
Can I Still Recover Damages if I am Partially to Blame for the Auto Accident?
Under Massachusetts law, even if you are partially at fault for an auto accident, you may still be able to recover damages. This is due to the fact that Massachusetts follows what is known as a “comparative negligence” law. Under this law, the jury has the legal authority to evaluate the facts that surround the case and allocate a “fault percentage” to the plaintiff if appropriate.
The law stipulates that if the plaintiff’s fault in the accident is less than 51%, they have the right to recover damages. The plaintiff loses the same percentage in their award settlement. In order for the plaintiff to actually recover a settlement, their percentage of fault must be less than the defendants. For example, if the plaintiff is determined to be 25% at fault for a case worth $100,000, they will only receive $75,000 in financial compensation.
Is There a Time Limit on How Long I Have to File a Claim for an Auto Accident?
The Massachusetts statute of limitations allows an individual up to three years from the date of the car accident to file a lawsuit. It should be noted that the amount of time may also depend on some of the specifics involved in the accident itself.
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is highly recommended that you speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Even if you feel that you are partially at fault for the accident, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who can inform you of your rights and legal options.
Who Pays For My Medical Bills After I Have Been Involved in an Auto Accident?
Massachusetts is a no-fault state for car accidents. Regardless of who caused the accident, each driver’s insurance company will pay for medical bills incurred by their insured driver. In addition, some medical bills and other medical expenses are often supplemented by your own personal health insurance.
Massachusetts requires that drivers carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which covers medical bills, lost wages, and other applicable expenses up to $8,000. However, it should be understood that if you have your own private health insurance and your medical bills are in excess of $2,000, then they should be submitted to your health insurance provider. If your provider denies coverage, then PIP covers the remaining balance up to a total of $8,000.
How Do I Know What My Auto Accident Claim is Worth?
Under Massachusetts law, you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to obtain compensation for both economic and non-economic damages that you have incurred due to your auto accident.
Economic damages are meant to compensate victims for the out-of-pocket expenses that they have had to pay as a result of their accident. Some of these types of damages include the following:
- Property damage
- Medical bills and other related medical expenses
- Lost wages (past & future)
Non-economic damages are more subjective in nature and are often determined based on the individual facts and circumstances that surround each case. Some of these types of damages include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In order to collect the maximum amount of compensation that may be available to you, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced car accident attorney. The lawyers of the Martino Law Group, LLC are qualified to assist accident victims recover compensation from the other driver’s insurance company or perhaps their own insurer if there is a dispute involving a claim.
The attorneys of the Martino Law Group, LLC are highly committed to assisting our clients in all aspects of their cases. We can assure you that your claim will be filed in a timely manner. Additionally, we can assist with collecting all evidence that relates to your case while fighting aggressively to obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Martino Law Group, LLC of Melrose, MA, has a proven track record of obtaining quality results for our clients. If you have been injured or have sustained property damage as the result of a car accident, you need to speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. Often insurance companies will attempt to settle with you soon after the accident with an offer that is significantly less than your claim may be worth. Lawyers are familiar with the insurance companies’ deceitful tactics and will fight aggressively on your behalf.
It is with great pleasure that recommend John Martino and his team. John and team represented me in a serious car crash I was in. They fought hard against a very stubborn insurance company. The case timeline went into the pandemic and when others may have given up John and team not only held strong but pushed forward.
They were compassionate, understanding, great about explaining what was going on every step of the way and I never felt like I was "in it alone"! Everyone at Martino Law Group made me feel like they had my back and I was the most import person to them.
Thank you John and team for making an incredibly difficult time easier. Nancy