Taunton Personal Injury Attorney
100+ Years of Combined Experience on Your Side
At Percy Law Group, PC, our respected and experienced attorneys understand the uncertainty that accompanies a serious injury, and we are driven to turning our clients' problems into solutions by seeking the best results, whether through aggressive negotiations or litigation. Our Taunton injury lawyers serve clients throughout eastern Massachusetts.
Why clients choose Percy Law Group, PC:
- More than 100+ years of combined legal experience
- Free consultations
- Award-Winning Representation
- Spanish and Portugese services available
The Taunton personal injury law team at Percy Law Group, PC can fight to get you the maximum compensation for all of your injuries. We will aggressively and vigorously pursue full, fair and complete compensation as soon as possible for your physical and emotional injuries. We offer compassion and support while aggressively pursuing justice.
What Is Personal Injury?
A personal injury claim involves an injured person (the plaintiff) seeking compensation from the person or entity that caused the injury (the defendant). This often involves negotiation with the defendant's insurance company. A personal injury claim involves evaluation of the injury and damages suffered as well as the conduct of the defendant. Many factors impact the manner in which a personal injury claim proceeds, including the severity of the injuries, the degree of fault of the defendant as well as the availability of insurance coverage or other sources of compensation.
A personal injury claim may arise under a variety of circumstances, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and falls on dangerous property. Many personal injury claims are resolved without the filing of a lawsuit. Materials including the medical records and bills, evidence of wages lost, comparable verdicts or settlements and expert reports if needed are typically sent to the defendant's insurer with a demand for payment. The settlement of a claim saves both sides from the risks and costs of litigation. If the plaintiff and defendant cannot agree on a settlement amount, litigation of the claim may be necessary.
Litigation involves the filing of a lawsuit against the defendant for the personal injuries suffered by the plaintiff. The lawsuit may seek compensation for the medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and the wages lost by the plaintiff. The litigation of a personal injury claim often involves answering written interrogatories, conducting depositions of the parties, witnesses and doctors, the involvement of experts and if necessary, a jury trial.
A personal injury claim may be resolved by way of settlement or through Alternative Dispute Resolution after a lawsuit has been filed. Alternative Dispute Resolution involves a mediator attempting to facilitate a settlement or in the case of arbitration, the hearing of evidence and ruling on the right to compensation. Alternative Dispute Resolution is typically less expensive than litigation and oftentimes resolves a claim more quickly. Given the intricacies involved in the handling of a serious personal injury claim, it is imperative that a victim of personal injury consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to assess their claim.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to the state’s deadlines, an injured party has only three years to file a personal injury lawsuit against a potentially liable party. If the claim is to be filed against a government-related agency, the statute of limitations is reduced to only two years to make a formal complaint. Once the statute of limitations passes, the court will throw out any claim filed, effectively making it impossible to seek damages or justice.
As a general rule to follow, filing a claim as soon as possible is typically for the best. Not only do you totally avoid the risk of the statute of limitations eliminating your chances but you also give the defendant party less time to try to spin a story in their advantage. You should always talk to a lawyer before filing, though, to ensure you are not overlooking an important rule or relevant law.
Discovery Dates for Subtle or Delayed Injuries
Not every injury suffered is one that is immediately apparent. Some of the worst injuries, such as a brain injury, might not manifest any symptoms until years later. What is the statute of limitations in these unique cases?
Massachusetts allows the three-year statute of limitations to begin on an injury’s “discovery date,” or on the day that the injured party should have reasonably been made aware of the injury or illness. For example, a person who gets into a car accident and suffers a broken leg has a discovery date the same as the car accident. There is no reasonable way to not notice such a severe and immediate injury.
However, as another example, a man who is prescribed heart medication suffers a kidney fail five years later. The kidney failure is found to be linked to the dangerous medication. The discovery date, in this case, is the day when his kidney failed, not when he was prescribed the medication. A claim could still be filed for three years after the kidney failure.
If you've been injured, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. You will not pay a fee unless you receive compensation for your injuries
What Damages Are Available in a Personal Injury Case?
There are two main damages available in a personal injury case, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are, also called special damages, compensate for quantifiable financial losses such as medical expenses, loss of earning, and loss of future earning.
Non-economic damages on the other hand compensate for more abstract damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish. While not awarded very often, in some cases punitive damages can be collected. Unlike other types of damages, the main purpose of punitive damages is to punish the negligent party.
Fighting to Hold the Responsible Party Fully Accountable
Our personal injury lawyers' team will stay focused on you, your case, your needs and your results in obtaining your maximum financial recovery as soon as possible. Our experienced lawyers will look for all liable parties and hold them responsible for all your damages, such as medical expenses, future care, loss of wages and lost earning potential, emotional suffering, and other applicable damages. Our Taunton injury attorneys assist people who have been injured, whose children have been injured, and who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents as a result of the negligence, recklessness and carelessness of others.
Some of our major areas of personal injury practice are:
- Motor vehicle accidents (including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, mass transit accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents)
- Slip-and-fall accidents (including supermarkets, shopping malls, parking lots)
- Defective products liability (dangerous consumer and industrial products)
- Construction accidents (including scaffolding and ladder falls, machine malfunctions)
- Medical malpractice (including birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, hospital errors)
- Nursing home neglect (including bedsores, falls, dehydration, malnutrition)
- Dog bites (including scarring, disfigurement, infection)
- Intentional injuries (including assault, child abuse, spousal abuse, libel, discrimination)
- Workers' compensation (including on-the-job injuries for construction workers, health care workers, government workers, union workers)
With You Every Step of the Way
Our team of knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will provide a comprehensive review of your options, advise you on the best course of action, and follow through on the chosen approach in a determined, results-focused manner. We will investigate the incident reviewing all appropriate police and law enforcement records, medical records, and other information. We utilize experts, as needed, to fully substantiate your case.
We act quickly to preserve evidence before it is tampered with or destroyed. We fight for you every step of the way. Our seasoned civil litigation attorneys are fully prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary, to help you get the maximum financial recovery you deserve.
Attorneys With a Track Record of Getting Results
The lawyers at our firm take an aggressive, hardworking approach to personal injury claims. While every case is unique, we believe that our record of positive case results is a clear demonstration of our ability to achieve full, fair and complete compensation for injured people as soon as possible.
Our attorneys are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, explain your options and pursue the outcome you deserve. Call us toll free at (508) 206-9900 to schedule an appointment at a time and location that is convenient for you.