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Top 5 Questions About Hiring a Lawyer or Handling Insurance Companies
1. Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
An experienced personal injury attorney in your corner will manage how your case is processed and take much of the burden off your shoulders. It’s true, though, that there are sometimes that you might not really need a lawyer.
2. How do I know if I even have a claim?
Massachusetts personal injury law provides that in order to prevail against the person who caused your injury, your personal injury attorney must prove certain elements by a ‘preponderance of the evidence’ (or in other words, when all of the evidence is weighed that the matter is more probably true than not.) Confused? Call us at 978-740-9433.
3. Should I speak to the insurance company?
Giving a recorded statement to the defendant's insurer can harm your personal injury claim. The adjuster is on the lookout for information that he can use to impeach your credibility and pay you less money for your claim. When the adjuster takes your statement, he will be experienced, prepared, and have a plan after having reviewed any police reports, witness statements and photos. On the other hand, it is not likely you will be prepared and may be in pain or on medication.
4. How much will a Massachusetts personal injury attorney cost?
In personal injury claims, Massachusetts personal injury lawyers are required to sign contingent fee agreements with their client that provide, in part, that the attorney’s fee is contingent upon compensation to be paid for the recovery of damages and the client is not to be liable to pay compensation to the lawyer other than from amounts collected for him/her by the personal injury lawyer.
5. How will I know how much my claim is worth?
There is no special formula concerning the value of a personal injury claim. However, there are specific factors that are considered in determining the value of a personal injury claim. Your Massachusetts personal injury attorney will review these factors with you to ensure the integrity of your claim.