Because Massachusetts is a no-fault state for car insurance, most accident claims are handled through a driver’s own insurance company. However, a bodily injury claim can be filed against another driver if he's found to be negligent in causing the crash, and your medical expenses exceed $2,000.
In this situation, you can recover damages from the other driver’s insurance company for a variety of losses, and a car accident attorney can ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Injury Damages
Damages that can be awarded in car accident claims fall under two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are those that come with a clear cost attached. These damages are proven with hospital statements, doctors’ bills, tax returns or pay stubs, and testimony from medical and financial experts.
Economic damages include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost or diminished future earnings
- Cost of rehabilitation, medical equipment, and home modifications
Non-economic damages include losses that cannot be easily quantified. Generally referred to as pain and suffering, a qualified car accident attorney can help you place a financial value on the following:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Physical pain
- Lowered quality of life
The point of injury compensation is to make the victim whole again—as much as that is possible. While money can never make up for everything a seriously-injured person has lost, it's the best our justice system has to offer.
However, an insurance company—whether it's your own or the other driver’s—will never voluntarily offer the full value of your injury claim. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney comes in. Your attorney will stand up to the insurance company to secure the compensation you deserve.
Mahaney & Pappas LLP Will Fight for What You Deserve
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, you and your family should schedule a free consultation with our personal injury legal team. If you're eligible under Massachusetts no-fault law to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident, we'll explain how we can help get the full value of your claim and how long it will take to resolve. Call or fill out the form on this page to connect with us today.