Negligence is the failure to exercise due care. In law school the tort professors drill into the minds of every first year student the three required elements of a tort – duty, breach and causation. This simply means that there must be a duty to exercise due care, a breach of that duty and the breach must be the direct (and proximate) cause of the injury.
- Economic loss
- Property damage
- Personal Injury
- Mental Anguish
Individuals and families struggle following the mistakes of others and often don’t know how or whether to take action to recoup their losses, or what their rights are and what to do to preserve those rights. That’s not the way it should be. Our job is to hold liable parties accountable for their actions. We want to ensure you can go forward with your life in the best possible way.
TYPES OF CASES INVOLVING CLAIMS OF NEGLIGENCE.
Bonsignore Trial Lawyers handle most types of negligence claims, including the following areas:
- Aviation Disasters
- Automobile Wrecks
- Bad Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Bad Medical Devices
- Boating and all Water Sports Injuries
- Catastrophic Injury
- Construction Defects
- Construction Site Practices.
- Cruise Ship Injuries
- Design Sale or Manufacture of a Defective product
- Failure of a Specially Skilled or Educated Person to Meet Professional Standards
- Faulty Construction
- Home Repair
- Maintenance of Property
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Wrecks
- Nursing Home Injuries
- Over Serving of Liquor
- Property Damage
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall
- Trucking Wrecks
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death Claims
These examples are just a few areas where a claim based in negligence may work to make you whole. If you believe you’ve been a victim of any type of negligence, it is in your best interest to discuss your case with us at length. Even if you are unsure if you have a case, let our team discuss it with you.
HOW A NEGLIGENCE CASE IS HANDLED
If you have a case worth prosecuting we will offer to represent you at no cost. Bonsignore Trial Lawyers accept negligence cases on a contingency fee basis.
INITIAL CONSULTATION AND SCREENING
During the initial consultation Bonsignore Trial Lawyers will screen your case and provide immediate advice as to whether the facts support further investigation. Bonsignore Trial Lawyers advance all negligence claims on a contingency basis. Our initial opinion is carefully reached and based upon our training, education and experience. If we do not believe you have a meritorious claim will let you know. If we believe you have a meritorious claim but the cost and strain on you does not exceed the anticipated return we will let you know. If we believe you have a meritorious claim that is worth pursuing we will let you know
RETENTION AGREEMENT IS IN WRITING
When we formally agree to represent you we will provide you with a Retention Agreement that sets forth in plain language the scope of our representation and how we are compensated. We are only paid for our time and your case expenses if and when you receive a recovery of money.
INVESTIGATION OF CLAIMS
After the execution of a written retention agreement Bonsignore Trial Lawyers will fully investigate the facts and determine who caused your injuries. If we determine that another did something negligent or careless and caused your injury we will fight on your behalf and ensure you are made whole. We often hire experts and consultants. We will work with the individuals, medical providers and anyone else that is assisting you in the ordinary course of your own efforts to minimize the related harm and return to normal.
INFORMAL ATTEMPTS AT A FAIR RESOLUTION
After completing our investigation and gathering all the documentation and expert opinions reasonably necessary to prove liability and damages we will contact the other side and attempt to reach a settlement. This is often an insurance company. Bonsignore Trial Lawyers have earned a reputation for not suffering fools. If a reasonable offer is not made we file suit.
FILING OF A LAWSUIT
Starting a suit simply involves the filing of a civil action, or “complaint”. A complaint is a formal document filed in court that sets forth the facts and law supporting a plaintiff’s claims. The complaint is served on the defendant with a summons. The Defendant files what is called an “answer.” After that, what is known as “discovery” begins. Discovery is the formal exchange of information. We will rough draft answers to discovery with you, taking the bulk off the effort off your shoulders. We will work with you to get your answers to discovery served on the opposing side as quickly as possible.
Settlement efforts are not absolutely abandoned during discovery. Bonsignore Trial Lawyers have learned through experience, however, that the best way to obtain a fair result is to prepare each case for trial. During discovery, we do just that. Keep in mind it takes two sides to settle.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHILE THE CASE IS PENDING.
While we are handling the claim, please do not speak to anyone concerning your claim or injuries. Do not sign anything unless we okay it.
Please forward all of your medical bills or property damage bills to our office so that we can keep a copy of them. If you have health or property insurance coverage, we will coordinate the payment of the bills with them. If for any reason your case should be lost, we work in advance to make sure your medical bills are covered.
Please try to get all of your prescriptions from the same place. Get a receipt for everything that you pay cash for (including cab fare) and forward all receipts to our office.
All records and receipts of your actual expenses incurred are very important evidence. They will be included in your SETTLEMENT BROCHURE at a later date. The bottom line is that we need “every little thing” to document and evidence your claim.
We highly recommend that you set aside an oversized envelope clearly marked “expenses incurred.” Place all records and/or receipts and/or hand written notes (example: “drove to and from the pharmacy today, May 21”) in the envelope as you perform/receive them.
Following this tip will save you the inconvenience of trying at a later date to remember what bills were incurred, when and also pulling them all together when they are no longer readily available.
It is necessary for a lawyer and a client to have an open and trusting relationship. That is why we always enter into a formal written agreement outlining the scope of our legal representation and the terms of our payment if any.
Other important expenses for personal injury claims include but are not limited to: prescriptions, crutches, neck collars, ice packs, medication, taxi fare, car rental, photo film, photo developing, clothing required due to weight gain, mileage of round trips to hospitals, doctors’ offices for visits and reports, etc. Other expenses you incur pertaining to your own personal needs should be given to us.
Other important expenses for property damage claims include but are not limited to: documents related to the value of the property, the damage to the property, the costs of repair and lost use.
Give us more rather than less. We will do the screening work.
Once again, feel free periodically to forward these receipts to us. Please remember accurate and complete medical bills and records will help to maximize the value of your claim. Contact Us Today!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
It is necessary for you to follow your doctor’s instructions. Continue treatment as your doctor thinks it is necessary. Be careful not to miss even one appointment. If your doctor recommends physical or occupational therapy, be certain to go. Your primary concern is always to do what is necessary to get better. Go to whatever doctor you feel will provide you with the very best medical care possible.
You should not ever over treat. If your doctor indicates you do not need more treatment, do not go back, even if that means you will not have a case.
The bottom line is that your primary concern should be your return to good health. Let us worry about your case. If you have a family doctor, you may wish to start your treatment with him or her. If you would like a list of orthopedic doctors or neurologists in the area, we will supply one. You are free to go to any doctor. We encourage you to go to a physician who will provide you with the very best care possible.
It is important that you tell every doctor, hospital and therapist who treats you, even when the treatment is unrelated to the accident, that you were in an accident, when and how the accident happened and how you were injured.
AUTO LAW (Massachusetts Only)
A Brief Summary of Massachusetts No Fault Automobile Collision Insurance Law
In order to bring a claim for pain and suffering for injuries received in auto collisions occurring in Massachusetts after January 1, 1989, you must have any one of the following:
Reasonable and necessary medical bills over $2,000.00 or;
A permanent scar from the accident.
If you do not have one of these things, no matter how much we show the other person was at fault we still cannot bring a claim on your behalf. If we do show one of these two things, we must still show the other person was at fault in order to bring a case.
Your own automobile insurance will pay for the first $2,000.00 in medical bills. Bills over $2,000.00 must be submitted to your private health carrier unless you purchased additional insurance for medical payments on your own vehicle. We will investigate this for you. If your health carrier will not pay the bills, your auto carrier may be responsible for paying up to an additional $6,000.00 in medical bills. Your private health care insurer has a right to be reimbursed for money they expended to pay related medical bills.