While some injuries are minor, perhaps not even requiring medical care, there are many accidents that result in serious injuries. These injuries may cause pain and disability, the accrual of medical expenses, may prevent a party from being able to return to work (temporarily or permanently), and may affect mental health, relationships, and more.
When a serious injury is caused in a preventable accident type for which the victim of the accident is not to blame, filing a personal injury claim in Worcester may be the best–and perhaps the only–way to recover damages for losses. At the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC, our Worcester personal injury lawyers are ready to represent you.
When Can I Bring Forth a Personal Injury Claim?
You can bring forth a personal injury claim when another party breaches the duty of care owed to you, and this breach results in an accident that causes you injuries and other damages. For example, you may file a personal injury claim if:
- A business manager fails to repair a dangerous condition on business property, and you suffer a slip and fall as a result;
- You are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver;
- You use a product that causes you harm (i.e. a defective home appliance, medication, etc.); or
- You are hit by a car whose driver is failing to yield as you cross the street on foot.
These are just a handful of examples – when negligence leads to the harm of another party, the injured party has the right to seek damages. Motor vehicle accidents, medical mistakes, accidents caused by dangerous premises, and more may all warrant a claim.
Special Rules Regarding Personal Injuries from Certain Accident Types
It is important to note that there are some special rules regarding injuries incurred from certain accident types in Worcester. For example, a person may not bring forth a car accident personal injury claim (and must instead seek compensation through the no-fault system) unless they suffer more than $2,000 in medical expenses, or suffer serious injuries.
Further, in some cases, defendants are held strictly liable by statute, and a negligence-based action need not be brought. For example, the victim of a dog bite may hold the dog’s owner strictly liable for damages.
Time Limits for Filing a Worcester Personal Injury Claim
Another important personal injury law to know is that a plaintiff cannot bring forth a personal injury claim unless they do so within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the amount of time that a plaintiff has to bring forth a claim, which is three years from the date of injury in Massachusetts.
Start Your Worcester Personal Injury Claim Today
If you have been injured and believe you may have a claim, contact our experienced Worcester personal injury law attorneys at the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC for a free consultation. We are passionate about helping injury victims in our state recover the damages they need to fully compensate them for the losses they have suffered. Reach us today at (617) 933-3858, or send us a message online.