Articles Posted in Massachusetts Slip and Fall Accidents

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Una lesión en el cuerpo, efectos negativos mentales o emocionales por causa de un acidente puede ser perjudicial para la salud. Al presentar una demanda por lesiones personales, es esencial obtener una compensación justa; recibir reparación no solo por las pérdidas económicas, sino también por su dolor y sufrimiento. El dolor y el sufrimiento es el dolor físico y emocional asociado con su lesión, que puede ser transmitido de persona a persona ya que le afecta a todos asociados.

Sí algunos daños relacionados con su lesión son fáciles de cuantificar, otros no lo son. Los daños que se pueden estimar con una calculadora, es decir como ejemplo, facturas médicas o salarios perdidos, se denominan como daños económicos. Sin embargo, los daños que no se pueden cuantificar se clasifican como daños no económicos tal como los emocionales y físicos. El dolor y el sufrimiento entran en esta categoría, sin embargo, hay un par de formas en las que se puede determinar un valor; El método del multiplicador y el método “Per Diem”.

El método del multiplicador es una ecuación que se utiliza con frecuencia, especialmente por las compañías de seguros para calcular las lesiones dolorosas y el sufrimiento. A través de esta ecuación, se suma todos los daños y se multiplica ese número entre 0.5-5. Sin embargo, en algunos reclamos, si los factores son abrumadores para el demandante lesionado, el multiplicador puede aumentarse a seis, siete o incluso diez. Los factores que pueden justificar con un multiplicador alto incluyen una recuperación prolongada (seis meses o más), el médico indica que sus lesiones serán recurrentes o degenerativas, o sufrirá alguna consecuencia permanente (por ejemplo, inmovilidad). Con consideración, este no es el único enfoque para cuantificar su reclamo de valor.

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An injury to the mind, body, or emotion can be detrimental to one’s health. When pursuing a personal injury claim it is essential to recover fair compensation; where you receive reparation for not only economic losses, but also for your pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is the physical and emotional pain associated with your injury- which can transform you into a different person as it takes a toll on you. 

While some damages regarding your injury are easy to quantify, others are not. Damages that can be estimated using a calculator (i.e., medical bills, lost wages) are called economic damages. However, damages that cannot be quantified are categorized as non-economic damages. Pain and Suffering falls under this category, however there are a couple of standard ways in which a value can be determined; The Multiplier Method and The “Per Diem” Method. Continue reading →

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How Insurance Companies Value Personal Injury Cases

How insurance companies value personal injury casesAlthough no two insurance companies have the same approach, there are some common elements on how insurance companies value personal injury cases.  Here are some, but not all of them:

1) Is liability on the part of the insured person(s) or company clear, and if not, is there any liability at all? An example would be a a slip and fall accident claim.  The insurance adjuster will closely analyze and evaluate whether or not the insured could be considered negligent in causing, or contributing to the accident.

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Massachusetts Slips And Falls In Stores

Massachusetts slips and falls in stores happen all the time.  Many of my Massachusetts slip and fall clients have the misfortune of falling while shopping.  Whether it be at the local coffee shop, or while shopping for groceries, or shopping for clothes, people are injured much too often at stores.  It is shocking how common these accidents occur. Oftentimes, store owners fail to make sure their stores are reasonably safe for customers.  That is what typically causes these accidents.  This branch of law is called premises liability.

It is important to keep in mind however that not ever fall (and resulting injuries) are the legal fault of the respective store.  Rather, before the store can be held liable for your injuries, it must be shown the store had notice of the condition you claim caused your injuries.

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What Is Negligence?

Negligence in Massachusetts, and in all states, means failing to act reasonably in a situation and causing injury to a person(s) as a direct result.  As a Boston accident lawyer, negligence is the lynchpin of each case my office handles. Whether it be a Massachusetts car accident, slip and fall, or any other type of personal injury case, the injury victim must prove the following elements in order to win a negligence case against a defendant:

1) The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.  This means that the one who caused the injuries had a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner toward the victim.  An example of a duty of care is that we all have a duty while driving not to drive into the rear of the car in front of us.

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What To Do Following A Slip And Fall Accident

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents happen much too frequently.  Doing the right things after a slip and fall or trip and fall are very important in order to protect your legal rights.  Should you have the misfortune of being involved in such an accident, keep the following in mind after a slip and fall accident:

1) If possible, photograph the scene of the accident (or have someone else do it as soon as possible if you are unable to do it yourself);

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Massachusetts Personal Injury Cases and Settlement Funding

This is a topic I deal with quite frequently when representing personal injury victims. Often, my clients will call me and tell me the accident they were involved in has financially harmed them so much, they are willing to take a loan out.  For example, suppose the client was riding a bicycle and was hit by a car.  The person may be really injured, racking up medical bills, and maybe lost wages, too.  Sometimes the client will see an ad on television from companies that provide funding to people injured in an accident and that have an open case pending with an insurance company.

The loan is typically financed by a pre-settlement funding company. When my clients ask me about this option, I try very hard to persuade them not to take out such a loan, because the interest rates can be very daunting.  Basically, the way it works is this: the pre-settlement funding company will closely analyze the client’s case, and loan application, and then decide whether or not the case is strong enough to guarantee the company will recoup their money, once the case settles.

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Massachusetts Personal Injury Deposition Tips for Plaintiffs

Massachusetts personal injury deposition tips for plaintiffsIf you were injured due to negligence, you may find yourself involved in a lawsuit.  If it is you (or your attorney) that filed the lawsuit then you are referred to as the plaintiff and the party you sued is the defendant.

A deposition is a part of the lawsuit process which you may be required to undergo.  Whether it be a car accident case or other type of injury claim, most depositions work the same way.  Note if your case is a workers’ compensation case you will not be expected to go to a deposition.

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Oftentimes slip and falls are caused by inebriation. Does that mean the injury victim does not have a case? No.
Generally, if the injury victim is deemed less negligent than the company or person responsible for the accident, then she or she can pursue a claim. So who determines who is at fault, and whether the injury victim or property owner is more to blame for the accident? A jury does.
Intoxication therefore is not a bar to recovery. But, intoxication will bar any recovery when the injury victim is greater than 50% responsible for the accident.

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