The Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Members of Parker Scheer’s Complex Personal Injury Group handle the following personal injury cases:
Do I Have a Personal Injury 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 Boston 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.
What Will I Have to Pay To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
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 a 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 Personal Injury 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 a 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’s personal injury 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 personal injury 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.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Avoid The Hassle
After an accident, you need to concentrate on getting better. However, you’ll also need to work on getting compensation. This means filling the necessary claims paperwork and following up with your insurance company or that of the party responsible for your injuries. When you bring in a lawyer to work on your case, you’ll have time to focus on your recovery and loved ones.
As the case progresses, you may want to file a lawsuit if the other party does not seem keen on offering fair compensation. Filing a lawsuit involves visiting different offices to fill out some paperwork. When you are injured, doing all the legwork of filing a lawsuit can be quite daunting. For this reason, you may want to hire a lawyer to help you.
YOUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY CAN DO THE LEGWORK OF GETTING THE PAPERWORK, MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEYS OF THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR INJURIES, AND FILING A LAWSUIT ON YOUR BEHALF.
Level The Playing Field
Personal injury cases can be quite complicated, and it is likely that the person responsible for your injuries will hire an attorney. Even if you are looking for compensation from your insurance provider, you should be ready to engage with appointed adjusters and lawyers.
When you hire an attorney to represent you, the insurance company will know that you are serious and stop playing games. Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance adjusters. Moreover, they are not afraid to pursue other options such as filing a lawsuit, especially when you have a strong case.
If you choose to engage the attorneys of the other party on your own, there is a high chance that you will be taken advantage of. Moreover, the insurance company will not take your claims seriously. However, the tables will turn when you have an attorney on your team.
Get Fair Compensation
In theory, filing a claim is supposed to be a straight-forward process. However, this is rarely the case. There are particular forms you have to fill to have a valid claim. Moreover, if you would want to take the case to court, you must follow particular processes and file your lawsuit in the correct court.
Unless you have gone to law school, you are likely to encounter various pitfalls that may deny you your right to be compensated. For example, if you file a case when the Boston statute of limitations has passed, you won’t get compensated.
A Boston personal injury lawyer understands all the legal procedures to be followed when filing a claim as well as a lawsuit. The attorney will move with speed to ensure that all the necessary papers are filled and that your rights are protected.
Experienced At Negotiations
Sometimes, the insurance company will accept liability for the accident and send an adjuster to give you an offer. At the time, you may think that the offer is fair given that your medical bills may be piling up. However, do not be quick to accept an offer, especially if you haven’t consulted an attorney.
Insurance companies know that most accident victims don’t know what they are entitled to under the law. For this reason, they try to take advantage of them, either by offering some lowball figures or outrightly refusing to honor the claims.
Most attorneys that practice personal injury law have successfully negotiated settlements for clients over the years. The attorneys know how to deal with claims adjusters and the lawyers of the insurance company. Moreover, since the lawyers understand what you are rightly entitled to, they will not settle for less. A good attorney will advise you when it’s time to take a settlement or whether you should press on and demand a higher payout.
Avoid Compensation Pitfalls
Finally, working with an attorney will help you to avoid potential pitfalls in your quest to get compensation from insurance companies.
There are many legalities that can arise when you file a claim. Moreover, if you don’t understand the law, the insurance company can use your mistakes to minimize the amount of damages to honor. For example, if you say a statement like “Well, I’m hurt but I’m feeling fine”, the company can use it to dispute that you were injured at all. This simple statement can be used to justify offering low compensation or no compensation at all.
On the same note, you can shoot yourself in the foot by failing to follow the correct procedures of filing a claim or lawsuit. For example, if you file a personal injury lawsuit in a bankruptcy court, it will be thrown out since the court has no jurisdiction over such cases. Also, skipping some filing procedures will waste time and you can end up getting caught with the deadlines of filing a claim provided for in the statutes of limitations.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED, Contact Us As Soon As Possible
If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person or business, contact us to obtain a free case evaluation. You can expect to receive a response from one of our highly experienced personal injury attorneys within hours. We can be reached seven days a week by telephone at (617) 886-0500 or by filling out the form here. There is never a fee charged to discuss your potential case and all information provided to us is maintained in strict confidence.