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One of the first questions I ask a potential personal injury client is whether he has made any claims in the past.  Whether it be a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or some other claim, it is important for me to know this information.  The reason is that the claims adjuster and the defense attorney (if the claim goes into suit) has access to a claims index.  If you have made claims in the past, they will appear in the claims index and will come up on a search.

Therefore, before meeting with your attorney for the first time, think back to any claims you have made in the past and write them down on a piece of paper.  Write down the approximate date of the accident, the type of accident it was, and any injuries you suffered as a result.

It is better that your attorney learn of these accidents at the beginning of the case, rather than during your deposition when the defense attorney will be sure to bring them up to weaken your case.

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ere is an article from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about how the vast majority of personal injury plaintiffs are losing at trial in Massachusetts.  Keep in mind the old adage, "the good cases settle, and the bad cases go to trial" while you read the article.  Here is the article:

Odds against tort plaintiffs in Massachusetts

Success at trial poor, especially in suburbs

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With the recent changes to Massachusetts snow and ice law, those who have the bad fortune of injuring themselves on snow and ice will have a easier time proving negligence.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Boston, or anywhere in Massachusetts, our office may be able to help. Give us a call or send us an email and tell us about your case.

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– Get the names, telephone numbers and addresses of all parties;

– Get the names, telephone and addresses of all witnesses;

– Call an ambulance and the police, if necessary;

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As a Boston work injury lawyer, I get asked this question very often. The answer is, it depends.  If you fell at work in Massachusetts, you cannot sue your employer.  But, you can make a claim for Massachusetts workers compensation benefits with your employer’s insurance company.  A claim is not of course the same thing as a lawsuit.

However, if your slip and fall accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, than you may be able to sue that third-party for your injuries.  In example would be a delivery driver injured on the steps of a home he is delivering a product to, or a cook who slips and falls on a wet and slippery floor that was caused by an outside cleaning company.  You get the picture.

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That generally depends on one thing: Notice.  If it can be shown that the store had notice of the substance you fell on, then you may have a claim.  Notice can be established in one of three ways.  One, that the store created the substance you fell on, and failed to correct it in a timely manner.  Two, that the store knew about the substance, and failed to correct it in a timely manner. Third, that the store should have known about the substance through reasonable inspection and maintenance, but failed to do that.

Therefore, the success of your slip and fall case against a Massachusetts supermarket will depend largely on the element of notice, and whether, and how strong, that element can be established.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a supermarket or store outside of Massachusetts, the element of notice will largely control the outcome of the case.

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When you have been involved in a Massachusetts accident, and you hire an attorney, it can take months, or even years, for the case to come to a conclusion.

First, your case cannot even be attempted to be resolved until you have completed your medical treatment.  Once you do reach a medical end result with your treatment, your attorney can fully appreciate the extent of your injuries, and your medical bills.  At that point in time, your attorney can then effectively try to persuade the insurance company to pay you a fair and reasonable sum for your losses from the accident.

Second, at times, and before litigation, it can take months, even after you concluded your treatment, for the negotiation process to finally come to an end.

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