If you need to hire a personal injury attorney…

If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you will probably have the right to file a suit to collect damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other related expenses. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the stakes could be quite high, with large sums of money attached, so you will need to hire the best possible personal injury attorney to represent your interests.

There are several talented and experienced lawyers you can choose from, and so the task may be a bit daunting up front. To help you make that all-important decision, here are some things to look for as you start your attorney search.

Specialized skills. Personal injury law is vast and there are many attorneys who do nothing except work on very small niches, making them experts in their one small and specialized area of the law. Some attorneys may focus only on car and truck accidents. Others may specialize in boating or construction site accidents. Still, others may focus on premises liability. To give you the best possible advantage, try to find an attorney who has demonstrated specialization that closely matches the circumstances of your particular case.

Experience. You will want to find an attorney who has many years of experience and can draw upon his or her past successes and apply them to give you an edge in your case. You want to see a track record of success in winning cases, and you’ll also want to find an attorney who has experience in seeking levels of compensation similar to what your case might be worth.

An expert negotiator. The vast majority of personal injury cases never reach a judge and jury. Most are settled in advance, sparing all parties the costs and stress of going through a trial. Because that’s the case, you want an attorney who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency when it comes to negotiating the terms of a settlement in cases like yours. However, your attorney must also be ready to go the distance and take a case to trial if negotiations stall or the other side is being unreasonable.

Bowser Law serves clients in communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Understanding the basics of personal injury law

If you have been injured due to the recklessness or careless actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and other related expenses. Cases such as this fall under the broad umbrella known as personal injury law.

Your injury can come about as a result of a car accident, a slip and fall, poorly lit conditions, or any number of ways that can result in everything from scrapes and broken bones, to more serious injuries requiring long-term medical care.

To prove you are entitled to damages in a personal injury case, you and your attorney must show that the other party was negligent in their actions. There are four parts to proving negligence:

  1. It must be proven that the defendant had an obligation to provide a reasonable level of care. For example, if they are driving, they must obey the speed limit and not drive drunk.
  2. It must be proved that the defendant breached their duty of care. Driving drunk, or failing to keep a common area free from tripping hazards when they are known to exist are common examples of a breach of care.
  3. It must be proved that the defendant’s actions or failure to act, was a direct cause of the conditions that led to the injury. Speeding on a freeway that a plaintiff is also on, with witnesses that can attest to the illegal driving, provide such proof.
  4. It must be shown that the resulting injuries did cause some sort of damages to the plaintiff. This usually takes the form of medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.

Bowser Law serves clients in communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.