Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a lawyer?

When you are injured either, in an accident or the job, your physical and emotional status may hinder your thought process thereby affecting any legal rights you may have. By seeking the assistance of a qualified attorney, you are protecting yourself and your family and preserving the legal rights you may have. You need a lawyer who will fight for you and take the burden off you in order that you may focus on your recovery and not on dealing with insurance companies who may not always have your best interests at heart.

Will I have to pay attorneys fees?

In workers' compensation matters, attorneys fees are generally paid by the insurance company, as required under Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Law. In personal injury cases, the attorneys fees are generally paid based upon a contingent fee agreement. In other words, there is no fee unless we successfully settle and/or try your case to a conclusion. The lawyer receives a percentage of the recovery when the case is settled.

Will I have to go to trial?

The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled without the necessity of a trial. Most cases are resolved either informally or through a mediation process. If the case cannot be settled, a lawsuit and trial may occur. In workers' compensation matters, there are procedures required by statute to guide cases through the system. When a claim is filed, the case is assigned to the conciliation unit at the Department of Industrial Accidents and the parties appear for a conciliation. If the case cannot be resolved at the conciliation phase, then the case is sent on to the dispute resolution phase for hearings before a judge. There are no jury trials in the workers' compensation system, and all matters are heard before an Administrative Judge.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Each case is unique and therefore it is difficult to say how long it will take to resolve any particular case. Simple cases with minor injury and where liability is not being contested can be resolved in a matter of months. However if the other side is contesting the case, then litigation may become necessary which will prolong the case. In either event, you can be assured that our firm will aggressively pursue your case and fight to resolve it as soon as we are able obtain the result we feel you deserve.