Boston Car Accident Attorney
The Law Office of Joseph R. Linnehan, Jr. can help you if you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Boston. For minor injuries, your no-fault insurance coverage might be enough to cover your expenses. But if you were seriously hurt, chances are you’ll need to file a claim against the other driver to get an adequate amount of compensation, and you’ll probably need a lawyer’s help to get it. We handle these kinds of claims every day at our law office, and we have 30 years of legal experience behind us. We can help you get compensation for your present and future medical expenses, lost wages or income, pain and suffering, and other legal damages recognized by Massachusetts personal injury law. Call our office for a free consultation from a Boston car accident attorney, and we’ll let you know how we can help.
- Bicycle Accident
- Distracted Driving Accident
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Front-End Collision
- Intersection Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Rear-End Collision
- Rollover Accident
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- T-Bone Accident
- Tractor-Trailer Jackknife Accident
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Truck Accident
- Uber or Lyft Accident
- Uninsured Motorist Accident
No-Fault Insurance Claims in Boston
If you are in compliance with Massachusetts auto insurance laws, then your vehicle is covered with Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This policy provides up to $8,000 per person, per accident. You can access this coverage to pay your medical bills if you get in a crash, regardless of whether you were at fault or another driver was at fault. All you have to do to get this coverage is follow the policy requirements of filing a timely claim and providing proof of your injury/expenses as required.
Fault-Based Auto Accident Claims
If you suffered a serious injury in the crash, PIP might not be enough to meet your medical bills. Plus, you could face significant time off of work or be disabled from working in the future. If your injury meets the definition of a serious injury under Massachusetts law, then you don’t have to settle for limited PIP coverage. Instead, you can sue the at-fault driver and recover from them for all of our medical bills, plus other legal damages like lost income, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of life enjoyment, and more.
For these purposes, Massachusetts defines a serious injury as including one of the following:
- Medical expenses in excess of $2,000
- Loss of a body member
- Permanent and serious disfigurement
- Loss of sight or hearing
In these situations, you can sue the at-fault driver for all your damages, including physical pain and suffering and mental suffering. Drivers are required by law to carry liability insurance in case they injure another person in an auto accident. The minimum amounts required by law are $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident, along with $5,000 in property damage liability insurance.
If they aren’t insured by law as they are supposed to be, you can file a claim under your Uninsured Motorist insurance, which also has minimum requirements of $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident.
How Our Boston Auto Accident Attorney Can Help
With a PIP claim, you don’t have to prove the other driver was at fault, and you can get benefits for your medical expenses even if you were the one who caused the accident. Outside of these no-fault claims, however, you do have to prove the other driver was at fault, and it matters a lot if you were partially to blame.
Whether filing a claim against the other driver and their liability insurance or filing a UM claim under your own policy, you’ll need to be able to prove the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident and your injuries. Expect the insurance company to push back, denying that the other driver was at fault or disputing that your injuries were caused by the auto accident. You can also expect them to say you were partly or completely to blame for causing the crash. Even if you were only partly to blame, this reduces the amount of compensation you can recover, and if you are considered to be more at fault than the other driver (51% to blame), then you can’t get them to pay anything, even if the accident wouldn’t have happened had they been driving more carefully.
How do you prove the other driver was at fault and you weren’t? How do you prove that your injuries were caused by the accident, and how do you show how the accident will affect your future health? Boston auto accident attorney Joseph R. Linnehan, Jr. has been handling personal injury cases like these for 30 years. He knows the law, and he knows what it takes to build your case and work with the insurance company to get the right amount of compensation through a negotiated settlement or a litigated jury verdict. Accident victims who negotiate with insurance companies on their own get far less than people represented by an attorney. We can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Dedicated Legal Help With Boston Auto Accident Injury Claims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Boston auto accident, call the Law Office of Joseph R. Linnehan, Jr. at 617-275-4200 for a free consultation. There’s no fee if we can’t recover for you, but you can count on us to provide you with the best representation we can, based on our 30 years of legal experience helping accident and injury victims in Boston.