A personal injury is commonly referred to as any injury caused by someone else’s misconduct. Personal injuries can result from many different events, including Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Dog Bite Injuries/Scars, and Slip and Fall Injuries.
Every personal injury case is different. Every client is different. The impact that each client’s injuries have upon his or her life is different. I do more than explain the law. I listen to you. I learn about and address your concerns. You can then focus on recovering from your injuries while I focus on the legal aspects of your claims.
Anyone can afford to be represented by Kristi A. Bodin, Esq. Initial consultations are free. I don’t charge hourly fees. I do not require retainers. Every single case that I accept is on a contingent fee basis – which means that I only earn a fee when I successfully obtain a settlement or award for a client. Any client can call and ask questions or come into my office for meetings without worrying about incurring a fee for my time. My fees are based upon the results I achieve. If you want to learn more about what I might be able to do for you, contact me.
I secure compensation for people who have been injured. I stand up to insurance companies and large corporations. Because I also have experience representing people who hve caused personal injuries (defendants), I understand the arguments used by the insurance companies and their lawyers. This experience helps me in analyzing cases and negotiating settlements for my clients.
The law provides for monetary compensation for a number of different cases, including, but not limited to, the following claims:
- Automobile Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Dog Bite Injuries/Scars
- Slip and Fall Injuries
FAQs regarding Personal Injury:
Q. What financial compensation is available for damages resulting from a personal injury claim?
A. You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation losses and expenses incurred as the result of an accident. Many different factors determine the amount of money that can be collected, including the severity of the injury, the cost of medical bills, lost wages, disability, and disfigurement.
Q. Is there a way to establish the value of a case?
A. It is almost impossible to tell right away how much money, if any, one will receive from a case. Each case is different. When a serious injury occurs, the recovery of funds is normally related to the amount of insurance coverage, as well as the extent and degree to which you were injured, along with an assessment of liability from the injury.
Q. If I am partly to blame for the accident, can a claim still be filed?
A. Even if an accident or injury was partially your fault, you may still be able to file a claim. Cases like this are evaluated using a standard called “Comparative Negligence.” In Massachusetts, if you are 50% or more at fault, you get nothing. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault, your damage award is reduced by the percentage of your fault. To use a very simple example, if your damages were $100, and you were 10% at fault, then you would only get $90.
Q. How long after an injury occurs does someone have to file a claim?
A. For all cases, a “statute of limitations” requires a party to file suit within a specific period so as not to be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for the injuries. Some types of cases also have administrative demand requirements which must be met before a lawsuit can br filed. An example of this is a case against a town or other government body. Filing a claim as soon as possible is always best, so that there is no chance for the claim or amount of recovery to expire.
Q. Do all personal injury claims result in going to court?
A. No. Insurance companies and their attorneys settle the vast majority of personal injury cases out of the court system. In the chance however that a case does go to trial, you will need to attend in order to tell your story. There are also cases for which hiring an attorney is unnecessary, small cases for instance. Small claims courts in Massachusetts handle claims up to $7,000. If any injury or property loss does not result in incapacity or major medical care, then filing in small claims court and settling oneself is often the best option.
Q. How long does it take to resolve a claim?
A. Much like with the settlement amount, the time in which a case is settled varies. It depends on the circumstances of the case, the injuries and the actions of the other party.
Q. What happens if I am the party being sued?
A. The first step is always to consult your insurance agent and a lawyer as soon as possible. When an insurance company is involved, they will often assign a lawyer to handle the case. However, if you are sued for more money than is covered in your policy, hiring an outside attorney is necessary. I have defended many people in such lawsuits.
Q. How much will an attorney cost?
A. Many attorneys take on a plaintiff’s case without payment up front. They take the case on a contingency basis, meaning that they receive a percentage of their client’s settlement only if an award is recovered. Please note that out of pocket fees are other expenses that may not be included in the attorney’s fee and should be discussed since these costs sometimes add up to a substantial amount.
If you are a defendant in a personal injury case, usually your insurance company will pay your attorney fees. In cases where your are being sued for more money than your insurance covers, and you have to hire your own lawyer, you will need to make an agreement to pay the lawyer from your own funds. There are several options in that case, and I am available to talk to you about the best way to handle your particular matter.