Eric J. Parker serves as Director of the firm’s Complex Personal Injury Group and brings more than 23 years of active experience as one of Boston’s leading personal injury trial lawyers. Attorney Parker is an elected member and former President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and received the highest rating awarded to any attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for professional skill and ethics. Beginning in 2004 when the distinction was first created, and every year since then, Mr. Parker has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by the publishers of Boston Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. Attorney Parker is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and holds the highest rating 10/10 (“Superb”) from AVVO. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Parker is an FAA Certified Private Airplane Pilot and a member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association and the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association. Read attorney Parker’s article:Selecting a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer.
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Categories of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Together with a highly respected team of leading trial lawyers and litigation paralegals focusing exclusively on personal injury cases, Eric J. Parker has recovered millions of dollars, year after year, on behalf of persons seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, dental malpractice, defective products, dangerous premises, car accidents, motorcycle accidents,negligent security, negligent service of alcohol by restaurants, bars and hotels, dog bites and animal attacks, sexual assault and harassment, nursing home abuse, and other personal injury-related claims. Attorney Parker has appeared in State and Federal Courts located throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has successfully resolved hundreds upon hundreds of personal injury cases by way of settlement and jury trials, as well as through alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) forums including” binding arbitration” and “mediation”.
Do I Have A Case?
The only way to know whether you have a case is to review the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. There is never a charge to review your personal injury case, and all information provided will be kept strictly confidential. For your free confidential case review by one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, click here and receive a response from one of our attorneys within hours. If you prefer, you can also telephone our offices in Boston, Rhode Island, Las Vegas, or New Hampshire seven days a week, 24 hours a day, toll free at: .
What Will I Have To Pay?
We handle every personal injury case on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay us nothing until we recover for you. The legal fee typically charged by most firms in connection with personal injury cases is equal to one third (1/3) of the gross amount we recover for you.
What If I Don’t Recover Anything?
In the rare event that we do not obtain any financial recovery, you pay us absolutely nothing. No exceptions.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
While we prepare every case we accept as though it were going to trial, the great majority of cases handled by Parker Scheer ultimately result in settlement before trial. In the event the defendant or its insurance company refuses to pay fair value for the injuries and losses sustained by our client, we are fully prepared to proceed to trial. Parker Scheer’s personal injury trial attorneys have extensive experience trying cases to a successful conclusion in both State and Federal courts located throughout Massachusetts.
Are There Other Ways To Resolve My Case Other Than By Going to Court?
In recent years, the use of private forums, commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services has grown dramatically. Cases submitted to ADR can be resolved by way of non-binding mediation, where a disinterested “neutral”(often a retired judge or experienced former trial lawyer) listens to each party, and works to achieve a mutually acceptable settlement of the plaintiff’s case. In the event the case can not be resolved by mutual agreement, the case proceeds to trial without consequence to any participant. If a settlement is reached following mediation, payment is usually received by our client within thirty (30) days. In addition to mediation, the parties may also elect to have a private party determine the outcome of a case. This process, known as “binding arbitration”, is similar to a trial before a judge, but is conducted outside of the courthouse, in a more informal and relaxed setting, and the decision rendered by the arbitrator as enforceable as decision issued by a judge or jury. Because ADR typically involves less formality than court administered trials, and because the costs involved in resolving disputes are often significantly lower than those incurred in preparation for a full jury trial, ADR has become an increasingly attractive forum for resolving civil disputes. Parker Scheer attorneys have participated in hundreds of mediation and arbitration hearings, which have resulted in successful outcomes more than 85% of the time.
How Long Will My Case Take To Complete?
Because every case is different, it is difficult to accurately predict just how long a case will take to resolve. Certain case categories typically take longer than others. These include medical malpractice cases, product liability cases, and other complex negligence cases. Other categories of cases, such as car accidents, injuries caused by dog bites and defective premises, can often be resolved in a matter of months. Your personal injury attorney is in the best position to estimate the anticipated length of your case. Based on our experience, cases that are rushed to a conclusion often result in lower recoveries than cases given more time to complete thoroughly.
Massachusetts Personal Injury Law
Eric J. Parker is a recognized authority on personal injury law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He writes frequently on topics related to personal injury case law and strategy. The following is a sample of his recent blog posts on Massachusetts law:
It’s Time Massachusetts Was Accountable for the Injuries and Deaths it Causes.
Under current Massachusetts law, when someone is injured or killed as a result of the negligence of an employee of a Massachusetts Town, City, or the State, the maximum the victim or the victim’s family can recover as compensation for the injury or death is just $100,000. That’s before deductions for attorney’s fees and costs (usually amounting to about $33,000). This leaves the victim with roughly $66,000, whether the victim is left quadriplegic, blind, paralyzed, or dead.
What is a P.I.P. Offset?
Under Massachusetts law (G.L. Chapter 90 Section 34M) when a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident, the first $2,000 in medical bills incurred by an injured person are paid under the Personal Injury Protection; (P.I.P) portion of the automobile policy covering the car occupied by the injured person. Pedestrians are covered by the P.I.P. coverage of the driver that injures them. Motorcyclists are exempt from P.I.P. coverage. If the injured person did not have health insurance at the time of the accident, then P.I.P. will reimburse up to $8,000 in medical expenses resulting from the accident. P.I.P. also reimburses a portion of any actual lost wages resulting from the accident. Your lawyer can provide you with more detailed information on how the reimbursement process works.
Free Confidential Personal Injury Case Review
For a free confidential case review click here and receive a response from one of our experienced personal injury trial attorneys within hours, or call us toll free at . Read Eric J. Parker’s article on Selecting a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer.