Boston Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
After being injured in a car accident, your head is probably spinning as you try to determine exactly what happened and how you should deal with it. Answered below are some of the Boston car accident frequently asked questions we hear the most often.
What kind of compensation can I get?
Car crashes often have expensive repercussions. Current and future medical bills, lost wages and income, property damage, loss of consortium, disfigurement, short- or long-term disability, and pain and suffering are some of the possible damages your lawyer can help you seek through a personal injury lawsuit.
What is the statute of limitations in Massachusetts for personal injury claims?
The statute of limitations for personal injury in Massachusetts is three years. If you file your lawsuit after this time limit has been exceeded, your case could be thrown out of court without ever being heard.
What if I think I was partially at fault for my car crash?
Comparative negligence is used by Massachusetts to determine fault and compensation in an accident. For example, if it is determined that the amount of damage equates to $1,000 but you were found to be 40 percent responsible for the accident, you would then be responsible for $400 in damages, while the other driver would be responsible for $600.
Your Boston car accident lawyer can help you place the blame more squarely on the other driver by collecting evidence and finding witnesses to make the strongest case for your benefit.
The other driver wants to settle the car crash without the insurance companies; should I?
Sometimes crash victims agree to get an estimate and have the other driver pay out-of-pocket. This presents many hazards, such as the other driver’s check bouncing or you accepting an offer worth less than your full damages. You may initially believe you only sustained property damage but end up realizing you have a delayed injury that doesn’t manifest until several days or weeks after the crash.
If you choose to settle “under the table,” you are taking a risk with your financial safety and wellbeing. A better course of action is to contact a Boston car accident lawyer who can maximize your insurance settlement by pushing the insurers to give you the most compensation possible and ensuring that all of your expenses and damages are accounted for.
Can I deal with the insurance companies myself after my car accident?
While insurance adjusters may offer you what seems like a fair settlement, crash victims who work with a personal injury attorney almost always receive more compensation. Also, insurance companies will be looking to place blame on you, so you must be careful of what you say to them. Never accept fault right away as the events of the accident may become clearer to you after the shock wears off. It’s usually best to allow us to handle the communications and negotiations on your behalf.
A few weeks after my car accident, I started having panic attacks and suffering from depression. Could this be related?
Yes. It is not uncommon for the full psychological impact of a terrifying car crash to hit you well after the incident has passed. It is possible to seek damages for emotional trauma if the crash was caused by someone else.
You may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and could benefit from psychological counseling. These visits can be expensive and are not always covered by insurance, but it is possible to get compensation in some cases for mental suffering.
Work with a Boston Car Wreck Attorney
The Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz are here to answer any further questions you may have. Our attorneys have extensive experience in car accident and personal injury cases and have a proven history of fighting for our clients’ rights. Call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation by dialing 1-800-660-2270. You can also schedule an appointment by submitting the contact form below.