Ethical Requirements for Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
All Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, as well as all practicing Massachusetts lawyers in general, have certain ethical requirements they must meet when representing injury victims. Whether your lawyer represents you in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, dog bite case, products liablity, medical malpractice, or any other type of personal injury case, your lawyer has to do certain things. Some of these things are the following:
1. All personal injury contingent fee agreements must be in writing;
2. Your lawyer must give you a copy of the written contingent fee agreement;
3. Your lawyer must keep you reasonably informed about the status of your case;
4. Your lawyer must convey to you all reasonable offers of settlement in connection with your case;
5. Your lawyer cannot settle your case without your permission;
6. Your lawyer must deposit any settlement checks in a private trust account.
There are a host of other ethical requirements incumbent upon all Massachusetts attorneys, and the above-mentioned rules are only just a few of them.