After a severe accident, catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, it is expected that the family will be suffering great emotional distress and fear. Injuries brought about by dangerous drugs, defective products, medical malpractice and other similar cases, can also carry a sense of injustice, as you were the innocent victim that never expected a product to fail, or medical practitioner to breach their duty to you and your health. All personal injury cases have in common that it was another party's negligence or willful wrongdoing that brought the injuries about. Although the physical wounds and emotional scars start to heal, there is another serious harm that frequently accompanies a grave injury caused by negligence - actions that are taken by an insurance company to reduce the amount of a settlement.
Hospital bills plus the cost of medical procedures and care can quickly mount. In the case of some burns, spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, the cost can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars within a few months. At the same time you may have already lost wages and are not be able to earn a living for some time. Additionally, injuries from high speed car, truck or motorcycle accidents can make future medical care and attention a necessity. Yet, you may have no realistic way to pay these bills. In the case of a wrongful death of the main wage earner in a home, it can leave a family in an extremely difficult situation.
If you have not gone through a personal injury situation before, you may think, "Our insurance will cover it." Those who have worked for a long time in one of Pawtucket's industrial or manufacturing businesses may feel that workers' compensation will take care of their needs. Unfortunately, this is frequently not the case. Insurance companies routinely attempt to deny valid claims for compensation. Many insurers will rush to prepare and present a quick settlement offer to an injury victim. Commonly, this is done before the individual has retained an experienced Pawtucket personal injury lawyer to represent them. These offers are also given with the knowledge that you may be in a desperate financial situation and need to find a way out.
With over 25 years of practice, the attorneys at D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC have witnessed many of these initial offers from insurance companies. Almost without exception, the settlement that is presented falls well short of the full compensation that should be offered. In many instances, the compensation will not truly cover all of the expenses that you have and will incur as a result of your injuries. We know how to assess your case and present claims that accurately represent the financial compensation you deserve. Just as importantly, we have a history of success in obtaining settlements and awards of damages for our clients.
Our firm has been distinguished by receiving an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the premier attorney ranking service in the U.S. This is the highest possible rating that a lawyer can achieve and is based our demonstrated skills as well as our level of professional ethics. Additionally, we have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. For you, these accomplishments mean that you can be confident in choosing an attorney from our firm to represent your best interests.
Along with answering the question of "do I need an injury attorney," a question that we are asked is what the expected value of compensation in a particular case could be. There are too many variables from case to case to give an honest answer to that question. Based on favorable jury verdicts and settlements we have secured in the past, we could tell you what could be expected in your individual case. In personal injury settlements, it is normal for property damages that you have suffered to be compensated. In addition, ambulance fees, hospital costs and other medical bills will be recovered. If you have lost wages or are unable to make a living as a result of your injuries, these economic damages are regularly included as part of a settlements. An evaluation of financial losses both currently and predicted for the future is a critical aspect of the process of filing a claim to recover damages.
In general, the severity of your injuries and their duration will be determining factors in your case. In many situations, we are able to pursue compensation for your pain and suffering and how your injuries have affected your life. Personal injury legal actions may contain an additional element or type of damages that can be awarded, punitive damages. The purpose of these special damages is to punish the person who is responsible for the harm that has been done. Punitive damages are usually awarded in cases of serious injury, including those that are long-lasting or permanent and these damages are usually very high value.
The value of your case also depends upon the skill, experience and commitment of your attorney. Our strength is being able to persuasively show liability in a personal injury claim, and through this, show why maximum damages should be paid.
Contact a Pawtucket personal injury attorney from our firm when another has caused you injury and you want professional, proven legal representation.