If you’ve suffered a personal injury in New Bedford, MA, there’s help in the form of the personal injury attorneys at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP. Our team can help you start the process of obtaining the most compensation possible for your personal injury case.
Injuries, big and small, happen every day. Injuries occur so often that those who suffer them have mistakenly attributed these mishaps as accidents — no one particular person’s fault.
The fact of the matter is an injury is often, if not always, the result of someone’s negligence. No matter where the negligence comes from, there is almost always fault in an “accident.”
Accidents of greater severity will often lead to doctor’s visits, time missed from work, and mounting medical bills. There are laws in Massachusetts to help an injured person to collect the proper amount of compensation to pay for these extra expenses.
Why hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is a specific kind of attorney who has experience litigating trials and settlements surrounding severe accidents which leave the victims with debilitating injuries.
The Kinds of Accidents Associated with Personal Injuries Often Arise From:
- Car Accidents
- Slip & Fall injuries
- Trip & Fall injuries
- Premises Liability claims
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Dog Bites
- Work related injuries
- Motorcycle Claims
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Truck Accidents
- Negligent security claims
The recovery associated with these injuries often requires extensive medical treatment, hospitalization, and consequently, time out of work. These costs can pile up quickly and often run a tab the average person has no chance of paying.
A personal injury attorney’s job is to act as a liaison between you and the insurance company who’s handling your claim. The is especially true of car accident & motorcycle claims, truck accidents, dog bite cases, premises liability claims and slip, trip & fall claims. When it comes to medical malpractice or nursing home abuse, your personal injury lawyer will typically deal with the hospital or facility charged with negligence.
Insurance Companies Are NOT Incentivized To Pay The Proper Amount
Ultimately, a personal injury attorney is going to fight against the insurance company to make sure the injured client is paid the proper amount for the cost of their injuries. These costs can be classified as:
- Lost wages
- Medical Bills
- Payment for Pain and Suffering
- Future medical expenses
- Future lost wages
A competent personal injury lawyer will keep track of the accrued bills and lost wages over the recovery period. A great personal injury lawyer will go to bat for their client and argue that an insurance company, hospital, or nursing home be held responsible for subjective pain and suffering its’ clients have during recovery and in the future.
How to choose a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys put a substantial amount of time, money, and effort into marketing their services to the public. This puts the onus on the injured person to make a prudent decision when hiring who will fight a giant insurance company on their behalf.
First and foremost is to conduct a thorough google search. Start by searching the kind of claim you’re looking to file like “car accident” or “medical malpractice.” If you want to find a personal injury lawyer close by, modify your search with the city you live in like “New Bedford.”
From there you should check all the results for their Google Reviews. The more five-star reviews, the better. Attorneys cannot remove Google reviews. Therefore these cannot be tainted by any lawyer looking to manipulate their online presence.
The Massachusetts Bar Is A Great Place To Cross Check
Always cross-check the attorney you’re interested in with the Massachusetts State Bar Association. This is the bare minimum for making sure the personal injury office you’ll call meets the requirement of the state’s governing law body.
Always Ask Questions When You Call
There are a few questions you can ask a personal injury attorney that will quickly expose how seasoned the lawyer is with accident cases:
- Are Consultations Free? An immediate red flag is when a personal injury attorney charges for consultations. This page will discuss personal injury payment for the attorney later.
- How Long Have You Done Personal Injury? Properly litigating personal injury cases takes years of learning the nuances of the laws and catching on to the methods different insurance companies use to wiggle out of paying injured people. An attorney with only a couple of years in the personal injury law business won’t have the insight an attorney with 25 years, or more, of solid personal injury experience does.
- What Investigators Do You Work With?: Any experienced personal injury attorney has an in-house investigator or a contracted investigator who specializes in finding facts and interviewing witnesses involved with the accident. This is a vital resource when creating a rock-solid personal injury claim.
How to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
An experienced, competent personal injury attorney will generally offer a free consultation. The consultation is a conversation where the details of your accident and injuries are discussed confidentially.
Depending on what the details of your accident entail, the attorney will make a decision on whether the case presented is an effort worth pursuing. If the attorney believes the case has too many holes or doesn’t feel the negligence is apparent, the injured person may be turned away.
However, a great personal injury attorney will always look hard to find the loophole or angle to make to turn an injured person’s case into maximum compensation. So if you’ve been turned away from one personal injury office, don’t give up! There’s a better lawyer out there who can take your case can win the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. You can always call the Law Offices of Goldberg & Weigand LLP to have your case reviewed for free! You can count on an experienced, honest lawyer at Goldberg & Weigand LLP!
How do Personal Injury Lawyers get paid?
Successful personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means the lawyers you hire gets paid a percentage of your settlement. The rate is negotiated following a consultation with the attorney, which generally runs around 33.3%-40%. At Goldberg & Weigand LLP, we have been charging the exact same contingency fee since 1986! Our fee is 33.3% of the gross settlement. There is NEVER any extra fee for filing suit or going to mediation or arbitration We get nothing until we win your case!
This is contrary to criminal defense or family law attorneys, who charge flat fees or hourly rates for their line of work. Any personal injury attorneys who work on a flat fee or hourly rate are not working in the best interest of the client.
When Do I Call A Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one have been injured through negligence, you should call the offices of Goldberg & Weigand, LLP as soon as possible after getting treated for your injuries!
Our office handles personal injury claims all over New Bedford and Bristol County with locations in Hyannis and Boston too. Peter M. Goldberg and Blair Weigand have a combined 50 years litigating personal injury cases in Massachusetts. We offer free, confidential consultations to all prospective clients. Never a fee until we win your case!
Let the lawyers at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP be your advocates against the insurance companies. Call (508) 203-6600 today for a free, no obligation consultation by an experienced, honest attorney!