Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
After an injury, it is only natural to feel confused and uncertain about what should happen next. At The Law Offices of Bailey & Burke, our clients often have a lot of questions; here are some of the most common:
Why is it important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident?
Early medical attention can be crucial for your health. A prompt examination by a physician can prevent unexpected complications with obvious injuries and detect hidden injuries, including those to internal organs, which could turn deadly. Timely intervention also helps create a clear connection between the accident and your injuries, as well as proof of the severity of your condition, which is critical support for an insurance claim or subsequent lawsuit.
How long does the legal process take after filing a personal injury claim?
Every claim is different. Once negotiations have begun with the defendant or defendants in a case, it can take months or years for the parties involved to reach a settlement or for the case to go to trial. The length of time any individual claim will take to resolve largely depends on the severity of your injuries, the complexity of your case, the determination of the other party to avoid responsibility and the skill of your attorney. Our lawyers will never settle unless it is to your advantage.
How is negligence or recklessness proven?
Evidence plays a critical role in proving negligence or recklessness in a personal injury case. An experienced attorney will use such things as police reports, photographs of the scene and your injuries, camera footage, eyewitness statements and expert testimony, when needed, to support your claim.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Massachusetts, claims for personal injury claims must generally be brought within three years of the date of the accident. Otherwise, you forfeit your right to make a claim forever.