Your Injury Is Personal
Personalized Attention From Attorneys Who Deliver Results
Accidents caused by someone else's reckless or negligent behavior can be frustrating. Even knowing what your legal rights are after an accident can be confusing. That's why it's critical that you have a personal injury lawyer on your side who thoroughly understands the law and knows how to get results. That's why you need us working for you.
At The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone in Massachusetts and The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli in Connecticut, our experienced attorneys have dedicated their careers to successfully fighting for the rights of injury victims - and we have the case results to prove it. Both firms have recovered millions - and counting - in settlements, verdicts, awards and benefits for clients. Those results speak for themselves.
Don't underestimate the complexity of your case. Even if someone clearly caused your accident, that doesn't mean you automatically receive compensation for your injuries and expenses related to your accident. That's why we want to meet with you. We can help you figure out the best way to get you the money you deserve. We're prepared to take your case to trial and we know how to win.
We Know What You're Going Through. We Can Help
We understand the hardships that individuals and families face following an injury or injustice. That's because we have dedicated our resources and skills to aggressively asserting victims' rights. Contact us to discuss:
- If someone else is liable for your loss, intentionally or negligently
- What damages (financial compensation) you can expect for your case
- What to do when you're injured
What are common personal injury accidents?
Personal injury cases can cover a wide range in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Along with accidents involving cars and trucks, the most common personal injury claims we handle at our law firm include:
- Negligent Acts
- Types of Damages for Personal Injury
- What to Do When Injured
- Compensation for Personal Injury
- Personal Injury FAQ
Understand Your Rights
When someone has caused harm to you or your property, they are liable-or responsible-for compensating you for the damages.
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable harm to a person or property. Sometimes, a person can be found to be legally negligent without meaning to cause harm. The law recognizes both intentional and non-intentional negligence.
There are several defenses for negligence. These determine the amount of damages that you can be awarded if you are injured by someone else's negligence.
Both Massachusetts and Connecticut use a principle of modified comparative negligence with a 51 percent threshold. That means you can recover damages for your injuries even if you were partially at fault for the accident, as long as you were less than 51 percent at fault. However, the amount of damages you recover might be reduced by your proportion of fault.
Negligence laws involving personal injury accidents in Massachusetts and Connecticut can be very complicated. Don't try to navigate your way through the legal system on your own. Make sure you have an experienced attorney by your side who knows how the system works. This may be your only opportunity for justice. Seize it! Contact our law firm today.
Types of Damages for Personal Injury
Once a personal injury has occurred, the person or party who has caused the suffering (the defendant) has the responsibility to compensate you for your loss. There are a several types of damages, or compensation, that you can ask for. They include:
Compensatory damages are meant to make up for your injury. There are two common types of compensatory damages. They are:
- Actual damages reimburse you for funds that you paid out of pocket, such as lost wages, medical bills, substitute transportation, property replacement, rehabilitation or other things that you have paid money for because of your injury.
- General damages reimburse you for things that you have not paid money for, yet still suffer from. This includes harm to your marriage, future lost wages, emotional suffering, disfigurement, among other examples.
If a defendant is found to have acted intentionally or maliciously, courts may order the defendant to pay the plaintiff punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant for his or her actions.
In a case where the evidence of actual damages is slight, the courts may still choose to award the plaintiff a small sum of money to acknowledge that the defendant legally wronged him or her. Nominal damages may only be asked for in intentional harm cases where a physical injury to the plaintiff is not required for a defendant to be found guilty.
Court Costs and Attorney's Fees
If a personal injury case is settled in favor of the plaintiff, he or she may also be able to be entitled to many of the expenses associated with taking a case to court.
What to Do When Injured
If you are the victim of a personal injury, there are several things you can do to help obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your accident. These include:
- Seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, have a doctor examine you. Having a medical record of your injury might improve your ability to obtain compensation for your accident.
- Keep your doctor's appointments and follow your doctor's orders. If you don't do so, you might not get better - and you might jeopardize your ability to receive compensation from insurance companies.
- Follow up with the proper authorities. This includes filing a police report if necessary or filing a formal complaint with the appropriate state or federal agency. We can help you decide who to contact and what to do next.
- Contact your insurance company. However, keep your comments brief. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, your insurance company might be responsible for compensating you for your injuries. And if you say the wrong thing, your insurance company could twist your words around and use your statement to reduce or deny your claim.
- Cooperate with police, your own physician and your own insurance company.
- Contact us. Our law firms provide aggressive representation for people injured in Boston, Hartford and everywhere in between in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 for a free consultation. Pay nothing unless you win.