Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

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In Massachusetts, personal injury lawyers use their expertise to gain settlements for individuals who have been injured as a result of the negligent actions of another party. Since personal injury law is unique in that it exists primarily though court decisions and treatises instead of penal codes and statutes, these professionals can often prove to be invaluable assets to those individuals who have been seriously injured, and who may be seeking large sums of money as a result.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, as opposed to an injury to a piece of property. By extension, a personal injury lawsuit is one that involves a plaintiff who has been injured due to another person's negligence or carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including tripping accidents, assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not limited to physical accidents and injuries, but it can also include industrial disease cases. These include occupational stress, contact dermatitis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, and repetitive strain injuries.

All personal injury lawyers practicing in the state of Massachusetts must have a four-year university degree and must have passed the written Massachusetts State Bar Examination, the Multistate Bar Examination, the Multistate Essay Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. Once certified to practice, Massachusetts personal injury lawyers are required to participate in a number of continuing education courses. Their means of operation is regulated by the Massachusetts Bar Association. Should any lawyer in this state wish to become a certified specialist of personal injury, he or she must complete specialty certification accredited by the American Bar Association.

Massachusetts personal injury lawyers take cases that involve accidents which have caused bodily harm or emotional distress. This broad scope of law includes vehicle accidents, wrongful deaths and medical malpractice claims. However, since each area requires special skills and knowledge, it is customary for these lawyers to specialize in just one area.

In a recent personal injury case in Massachusetts, the plaintiff sued after a pit bull attacked him with no provocation, tearing off his nose and part of his upper lip and causing $60,000 in medical expenses and $7,000 in lost wages. He was rewarded $255,000.

The primary objective of the personal injury lawyer is to help injured persons obtain the largest monetary settlement possible for losses or expenses related to an accident, including medical bills, permanent scars, and psychological trauma. Since most personal injury claims involve obtaining settlements from insurance companies, the lawyer is employed to overcome hurdles presented by these companies, and to communicate with insurance claims adjusters on their clients' behalf. Furthermore, the personal injury lawyer seeks to reduce medical bills and liens, so that their clients may retain as much of their settlements as possible.

The Massachusetts personal injury attorney accomplishes his or her objectives by obtaining information from the client, focusing on individual aspects of the client's statement and researching accordingly so as to build a strong case, which may be either settled out of court or taken to trial.

It's important to be comfortable with and to trust the lawyer you choose, as they will be alleviating a lot of the stress that is associated with a personal injury and finances. While you focus on your recovery, then focus on getting you what is owed.


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