Injured In A Car Crash?
Our Lawyers Fight For Injury Victims in MA, CT
Injured in a car accident in Massachusetts or Connecticut? Insurance companies uncooperative? Don't let them push you around. Take back control. Contact us. Our experienced car accident attorneys know what to do after a crash - and how to get results.
The financial impact of a serious auto accident injury can be staggering. Emergency medical expenses, unpaid bills and loss of income due to your injury can quickly add up, especially if you cannot work for weeks or months or perhaps ever again. That's why we want to meet with you.
If someone else caused your crash, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You shouldn't have to pay for their mistakes. Simply contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation. We can meet with you in one of our 18 office locations, your hospital room or wherever's convenient for you.
Common car accident injuries?
Injuries involving motor vehicle accidents fall into three major categories:
We can help you with your specific auto accident injury. Many of the most common car accident injuries we deal with include:
- Neck or Whiplash Injury
- Back Injury
- Broken Bones
- Head Injury or Concussion
- Internal Injuries
- Knee Injury
- Aggravation of Pre-Existing Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Shoulder Injury
- Wrist Injury
Whatever type of injury you or your family is dealing with, take strong legal action now. A delay could affect your ability to obtain compensation you rightfully deserve for your injury. Evidence from accidents disappears over time. And without the facts on your side, your case can become nearly impossible to win.
"Why do I need a car accident lawyer?"
After an accident, many different legal issues can come up for injury victims and their families. The person who caused your crash might deny wrongdoing. And the other driver's insurance company may pressure you to accept an offer that doesn't even come close to covering the cost of your accident.
Don't let insurance companies dictate what happens to you. We can work with you and make sure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. As your lawyer, we can aggressively investigate your accident, including:
- Reviewing accident reports
- Consulting with experts in their field
- Dealing directly with insurance companies
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf if necessary
- Taking other legal action if necessary on your behalf
We can also help you fill out insurance claim forms and push insurance companies to let you to see the doctor of your choice. We're on your side and focused on your personal needs. And the sooner you contact our law firm, the quicker we can get to work on your case. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 right now!
If you were driving a car at the time of your accident, you need to make sure your injury receives the attention it rightfully deserves. It's also critical that you make sure the facts about your accident are accurately reflected in the official police accident report for your crash. We can make sure all these details are right. That way, you can focus on what really matters - your recovery.
After an accident, it's critical you receive the proper medical care - not only for your health and well-being, but also to strengthen your accident claim. When you seek compensation for the trauma and distress you suffered in an accident, your case becomes significantly stronger if you seek medical treatment right away, follow doctor's orders and keep your medical appointments. Otherwise, an insurance company could argue that your injuries are partially a result of your own failure to seek treatment.
Unless a passenger committed an overt act that distracted the driver, or in any other way contributed to the accident, passengers in an auto accident are considered free of liability for the collision.
As a passenger, you may have a claim against all negligent parties, which can include the driver of the car you were riding in when the accident occurred, as well as the drivers of other vehicles involved. However, if you get into a vehicle knowing that the driver is intoxicated, you may be considered comparatively negligent, which may reduce or eliminate your right to compensation.
We understand you may be reluctant to take legal action against a friend or loved one if they were driving the car at the time of your accident. Remember, though, that you're not trying to take your friend's money - you're taking legal action to get their insurance to pay the benefits they owe We can act on your behalf and deal directly with insurance companies. You shouldn't have to choose between your relationships and your health or financial well-being. That's why we are here to help.
Pedestrian deaths are second only to occupant deaths in auto accidents. As a pedestrian, if you are hurt in an accident caused by a motor vehicle, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.
Make sure you or someone you trust gets all the information you can about the accident, including:
- Names and insurance information of the driver involved
- Names and contact information of witnesses
In general, pedestrians have the right of way. However, the driver involved in the accident might try to prove that you did something to cause your crash. That's why we want to help. We know the questions insurance companies ask to try to trick people into saying things that could jeopardize their claim. We know how to take on insurance companies and win.
Neck injuries caused by car accidents can cover a wide range. But one of the most common types of injuries is "Whiplash," a term for a neck injury caused by the violent forward and backward motion of the neck and head. The sudden sharp movement can cause damage to the joints of the neck, as well as the nerves, muscles, and discs.
If you believe you're suffering from the effects of whiplash, you likely were traveling in a vehicle struck from behind. In these rear-end accidents, your neck is thrust forward, stretching the muscles beyond the normal range of motion.
How do you know if you have whiplash? Common symptoms include:
- Stiffness of the neck
- Pain that spreads from the neck into the shoulder and arms
The recovery from a whiplash injury can take weeks or months. Whiplash can result in general fatigue, pain and discomfort. As a result, you may need to take time off from work. You might also be unable to do household chores and other routine tasks.
Sadly, many insurance adjusters dismiss whiplash as a "fake" injury. That's why whiplash injuries can be so frustrating. The insurance company may try to claim that your injury is nonexistent or minor and offer at best a low-ball number to settle the case.
We know the truth. We know that whiplash and other neck injuries are real. We know that such injuries can have a long-term impact. That's why we take such cases so seriously. You're already dealing with the pain and suffering caused by your accident. We can help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
A back injury from a car accident can change everything. You may be dealing with severe pain and suffering. You might not be able to work and earn a living. You may be unable to perform routine chores at home such as cleaning the house or doing yard work. A back injury may include:
- Herniated disc
- Compression fracture
- Crushed vertebrae
- Lower back injury
- Fractured spine
- Ruptured disc
- Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body)
- Hemiplegia (total paralysis of arm, leg or trunk on the same side of the body)
Back injuries can be complicated. The insurance adjuster might argue that your back injury is minor to keep your payments to a minimum. The reality is that such injuries can be extremely serious. Victims who suffer lower back injuries typically experience radiating pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks, legs and feet. This condition is sometimes referred to as sciatica.
In extreme cases, someone with a back injury might have spinal cord damage. A spinal cord injury may lead to paralysis.
Back injuries demand serious attention. As your attorney, we can consult with medical professionals and other experts in their field to support a claim. We know how the legal system works in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and we want to help you deal with your injury immediately and effectively.
Car accidents often involve extreme forces that result in broken bones and fractures. The following are many of the common types of injuries:
- Pelvic fractures
- Hip fractures
- Broken or fractured ribs
- Skull fractures or facial fractures
- Fractures to clavicle (collarbone)
- Femur (thighbone) fractures
- Tibia and fibula fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Herniated disks or back fractures
- Humerus fracture (the forearm)
Depending on which bones were fractured, you may need medical rehabilitation. Orthopedic surgeons know that broken bones may result in more serious injuries-they can also indicate connective tissue injuries, affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many broken bone accident injuries are life-threatening, particularly when they involve spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Such injuries can mean months or years of lost wages while you recover. Traction, a back brace, even crutches or being confined to a wheelchair can result from broken bones.
The consequences of an auto accident bone fracture can be significant. So can the medical costs and lost wages. If you broke a bone in a car crash, your injury may mean:
- Major surgery, long-term physical therapy or implantation of metal plates and screws
- Inadequate healing, requiring additional medical procedures
- Being unable to work for months or years, or a permanent disability
- Impaired growth or development in a child accident injury victim
- Lost wages due to prolonged healing process
- Brain damage due to skull fracture or concussion
- Impaired mobility of neck, back, arms, hands, legs and feet
- Infection at site of fracture
Your injury can quickly turn into a complicated legal case. Insurance companies representing the driver who caused your crash might contact you soon afterward, offering to settle your case. Don't fall for their tricks. What might seem like a reasonable offer often turns out to be much less than the true cost of your accident. Don't shortchange yourself. Contact our law firm.
In an instant, everything can change with a head injury or brain injury. If you or a loved one suffered a serious head injury in a car accident, you might be dealing with the effects for the rest of your lives. People with head injuries, or traumatic brain injuries, may become permanently disabled. They may have to cope with a lifetime of medical bills. They may be unable to ever work again.
Unlike injuries such as broken bones, cuts or burn injuries, a head injury after a car accident might not be apparent right away to the victim. That's why it's critical that anyone exhibiting symptoms of a head injury receive immediate medical care. Such symptoms include:
Car accidents are among the leading causes of head injuries, or brain trauma. In a collision, a driver or passenger's head may hit an object such as a steering wheel or windshield. Even minor accidents in which vehicles are traveling at slow speeds can result in head injury from whiplash. Many of the most common head injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Bruising or bleeding in a head injury
- Tearing of the brain in a head injury
- Swelling of the brain from a head injury
- Open head injury (when something goes through your head)
- Closed head injury
If you or a loved sustained a head injury in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention, then contact us. Our attorneys can help you receive the medical care you need and the financial compensation you deserve for your injury.
Internal injuries caused by car accidents can be extremely serious and potentially fatal. A severe blow to someone's midsection might result in damage to internal organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach. A broken rib may puncture a lung or another internal organ.
What makes these types of injuries so serious is that the victim might not realize how badly he's been hurt. That's why it's critical to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. If you wait too long, you may go into shock, start bleeding internally or experience other, potentially-life threatening health problems.
Common symptoms of an internal injury or bleeding after an accident include:
- Abdominal pain and/or swelling, which may be a result of a liver or spleen injury
- Light-headiness or dizziness
- Ecchymosis (a large area of discoloration of the skin due to blood collecting under the skin and in soft tissues)
- Clammy skin
- Shallow breathing
- Weak or rapid pulse
- General weakness
Internal injuries occur for two reasons:
- Blunt trauma (when a part of the body strikes another object at high speeds and blood vessels in the body are wounded by the object or force of the impact)
- Penetrating trauma (when an object punctures the body).
In a car accident, the most common types of internal damage include:
- Internal bleeding, which typically happens due to blunt trauma
- Broken ribs or torso injuries
- Pneumothorax (when a broken rib punctures the lung, cause the lung to collapse)
- Organ damage
- Ruptured spleen
Knee injuries in car accidents typically occur due to a quick, violent impact. Often, a driver or passenger might injure their knee as a result of hitting the dashboard, steering column or the door. In rollover accidents, a victim may strike his or her knee on the roof or window.
The following are common symptoms of a knee injury:
- A popping sound or snapping feeling at the time of the injury
- Swelling of the knee
- Pain in the knee
- Tenderness around the knee when the area is touched
- Limited mobility in the knee
- Unstable feeling when standing
- Bruising around the knee
Your knees provide flexibility and stability to the legs. The largest joints in the body, the knees contain bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Common knee injuries include:
A knee injury may require surgery as well as long-term physical therapy. In many cases, a victim may need a knee replacement. This type of injury is difficult to live with and may lead to significant medical expenses, lost time from work, and pain and suffering, in addition to other losses. You may not be able to work in the same capacity for weeks, months or even longer. You may be unable to take care of your home and family the way you did before the accident.
Aggravation of Pre-Existing Injuries
Any car accident can lead to a complex injury claim. But what happens if your car accident aggravates pre-existing injuries? An insurance company might say your pre-existing condition makes it impossible to prove your car accident claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do everything they can to keep payments to a minimum. They may pore over your medical records to explain away your car accident injuries.
Many people involved in accidents have previous conditions. They may have been managing their neck or back pain or another injury for years. Most people can live productive lives with their pre-existing injuries. However, a car accident can turn a pre-existing condition that was manageable into a devastating injury.
While insurance companies might try to use your pre-existing condition as an excuse not to pay you, we know how the legal system really works. Even if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you are entitled to compensation for your new injuries.
Our law firm has access to medical experts who can help support your claim that your pre-existing condition was aggravated by a car accident. We work closely with experts in their field if necessary to strengthen your claim. We're prepared to put our resources and experience to work to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
A car accident can cause all types of catastrophic injuries, including scarring and disfigurement. If you or a loved one was scarred or disfigured in an accident, you may require any of the following procedures:
- Reconstructive surgery<
- Skin grafts
- Surgical removal of scar tissue build-up
Scarring and disfigurement from car accidents can lead to profound psychological trauma and social challenges. Our accident attorneys know that these aspects of the injury are often harder to overcome than the physical element.
A car accident might result in burn injuries that leave scars on the hands, neck or face. A gas tank explosion might lead to a complex disfigurement case. Accident victims sometimes receive disfiguring injuries from airbags. Lacerations from accidents can leave deep scars.
We know how disfiguring and scarring injuries can have an impact on your self-image and your quality of life. Each scar serves as a reminder of the traumatic event. The impact of the injury can affect your ability to get a job and enjoy sports and recreational activities. Even running simple errands or taking care of things around the house can become much more difficult.
We're ready to stand by your side. We want to meet with you and fully evaluate your claim. A scarring and disfigurement injury can affect your life in so many ways, creating numerous hardships. That's why it's important to contact us as soon as possible. We can begin working on your case and determining the value of your claim.
Shoulder injuries often occur in car accidents. Millions of people each year seek medical attention for shoulder problems, which can be painful and debilitating. A typical task you performed before the accident - even combing your hair or getting dressed - can become a painful ordeal. Many chores you did around the house, like cutting the grass or painting, might become all but impossible.
While a shoulder injury such as a rotator cuff tear might result from any type of car accident, these types of injuries often occur in rear-end crashes. You may have noticed a car coming at you from behind and braced for the impact. While tensing up, your shoulder may have absorbed the brunt of the impact. Common car accident-related shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Muscle tears
- Dislocated shoulders
- Injuries requiring arthroscopy surgery
How do you know if you have a shoulder injury? Common symptoms include:
- Loss of range of motion in the shoulder
- Shoulder pain or pain in the upper extremity
- Weakness in the shoulder
- Bruising around the shoulder
A shoulder injury typically involves damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons. These are known as soft-tissue injuries. But fractures or broken bones involving the collar bone (clavicle), top of the upper arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula) can also be sustained in car accidents. People with shoulder injuries also may suffer shoulder impingement, which occurs when the front edge of the shoulder blade "impinges" on the rotator cuff when they try to raise the arm.
If you or a loved one suffered a painful shoulder injury in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention. Then contact us. A lawyer can help you evaluate the full impact of the injury. Such injuries often result in limited mobility and require surgery and extensive physical therapy. The rehabilitation process may last for months. Victims sometimes never fully regain the full use of their shoulder. You may not only be unable to work in the same capacity as you did before the accident, but you may need assistance around the home. Our attorneys can fully evaluate your claim and pursue maximum compensation for all of your losses.
Wrist injuries in car accidents are common. An injured wrist might mean that you are unable to go to work to earn a living. You may also be unable to complete simple household chores you took for granted before the accident. Common symptoms of a wrist injury caused by a car accident include:
- Extreme pain that intensifies when gripping or squeezing
- Swelling of the wrist
- Bruising of the wrist
- Stiffness or inability to move the fingers or thumb
- Numbness in the hand
A car accident victim may sustain a broken wrist (known as a scaphoid fracture). Victims typically experience pain as well as swelling and bruising of the wrist. These types of wrist injuries often occur after serious head-on accidents or high-speed collisions.
Whatever type of accident you were in, if you believe you sustained a serious wrist injury, seek immediate medical attention. Victims of wrist fractures typically receive X-rays, CT scans or MRI to diagnose the injury. Doctors sometimes must manipulate the pieces of the bones back into the proper positions. This is a procedure known as "fracture reduction." After the bones are aligned, victims might not be able to move their wrists to ensure proper healing. Often, surgery is required, which may include placement of devices, rods and pins.
If you wait have your wrist injury diagnosed, your bones may not heal properly. You may experience limited mobility for the rest of your life. That's why it's important to be aware of the symptoms of a wrist fracture and to seek medical attention right away. That's why we want to meet with you and discuss all the legal rights available to you.