Boston Personal Injury Lawyers
Dealing with any severe injury can prove incredibly draining. You may have a long road to recovery ahead of you, from an extended stay in Massachusetts General Hospital or Boston Medical Center to time spent in rehabilitation and recovery long after your accident.
When someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, it may bring an additional complication: the need to pursue compensation for your injuries through an injury claim. Seeking compensation alone can prove frustrating and may ultimately limit how much compensation you can recover. On the other hand, working with the Boston personal injury lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners can help you streamline the claim process and provide you with vital information about how to maximize your claim results.
Contact Finkelstein & Partners today at (617) 580-3144 for your free consultation to help learn more about the compensation we can pursue for your injuries.
Finkelstein & Partners: Help for Boston Injury Victims
After suffering severe injuries in an accident, you need a lawyer to help you navigate the claim process and get a better feel for the compensation you deserve.
At Finkelstein & Partners, our Boston personal injury attorneys understand how frustrating it can feel to deal with an insurance company that seems set on minimizing the compensation you can recover or an entity that refuses to accept liability for the damages caused by its negligence. We aim to help our clients recover compensation for the injuries they may have sustained.
Take a look at some of our past claim results.
- $28.3 million after a workplace accident
- $16.5 million in a product liability incident
- $13.5 million after a rear-end collision
- $13.5 million after a motor vehicle accident
- $12.7 million settlement after an accident caused by unsafe working conditions
Our past results cannot guarantee the outcome of your future claim, even if you suffered similar injuries under similar circumstances.
However, at the personal injury law firm of Finkelstein & Partners, we aim to provide comprehensive legal support our clients can count on. Contact us today to see how we can fight for the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We Prioritize Transparency
You have a deep personal investment in your claim and all the details that go along with it, and you deserve access to all the latest information about it.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we make that easy. We provide our clients with access to a secure online portal, where they can check out all the latest details related to their claims and get essential information that can help them decide what to do next, both in their claims and in their personal lives.
Get Compassionate Legal Support and Advice
Dealing with the aftermath of a severe injury can feel incredibly draining. When you add your injury claim on top of that, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we understand how overwhelming that process can feel, and we aim to provide our clients with compassionate legal advice and support. We provide information about what comes next, what you can expect, and access to resources to help you deal with the challenges associated with your recovery.
Pay When We Win
The legal services associated with your injury claim may seem dauntingly expensive.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we make those legal services affordable. We start with a free consultation to review your rights and look closely at what you might expect from the claim process. If we take your case, you do not pay attorney’s fees until we recover damages from the insurance company or liable party. For many of our clients, that approach makes legal support more affordable.
If you or a loved one suffered serious or catastrophic injuries in Boston due to another party’s negligence, do not try to handle your claim alone. Instead, contact Finkelstein & Partners today to learn more about your next steps.
Types of Boston Personal Injury Claims We Handle
At Finkelstein & Partners, we handle a variety of personal injury cases throughout Boston and across Massachusetts:
Personal injury law covers various types of accidents, primarily resulting from negligence. If you suffered any type of serious or catastrophic injury in Boston because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, contact us for a free review of your claim and advice regarding your options.
More Information About Boston Personal Injury Claims
People can suffer injuries in a variety of ways in Boston. Here are some common causes of injuries we help clients with:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Too many people die or get hurt in preventable traffic accidents. Human error or risky behavior often causes traffic accidents.
Some behaviors that can cause a devastating traffic crash include:
- Alcohol Impairment
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way
- Fatigued Driving
- Failure to Maintain the Vehicle
Around Boston, some intersections are more dangerous than others.
Some of the most treacherous crossroads around Boston include:
- North Washington Street and Boston’s Central Artery (Interstate 93)
- Storrow Drive and Charles Street
- Route 1A South and the ramp to Sumner Tunnel
- Central Artery and Columbia Road, both North- and South-bound ramps
If a negligent driver in Boston wrecked your car, crashed into you while you rode your bike, or hit you in a crosswalk, reach out to our experienced car accident lawyers for help.
Construction Accidents and Other Workplace Injuries
Boston’s construction market is booming, with large projects popping up downtown and throughout the city.
Construction accidents account for the largest share of workplace injuries in the U.S., with the industry’s fatal four causing most accidents:
- Electrical exposure
- Struck-by accidents
- Caught in or caught between accidents
To receive compensation for most workplace injuries, including construction accidents, injured workers file a claim with Massachusetts’s workers’ compensation program. In Massachusetts, nearly all private employers must obtain workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This insurance covers medical treatment and wage loss associated with a workplace accident, usually regardless of fault.
Sometimes, a third party’s negligence injures someone at work. For example, another driver might rear-end a delivery driver. In these cases, the injured person may also need to file a claim with the third party’s insurance company. Our team can help you figure out where to file your claim and ensure that you have all the correct documents, so your case does not get bogged down in red tape instead of moving forward.
Nursing Home Abuse
More than 88,000 senior citizens live in Boston, and the metropolitan area has dozens of certified nursing home beds available for elderly or vulnerable residents. These facilities must provide certain services to preserve or improve their residents’ quality of life. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed. This raises the risk of nursing home negligence and abuse and endangers residents’ lives.
Some of the issues created by nursing home understaffing include:
- Failure to provide adequate fall protection for residents who are at high risk of falling
- More bed sores due to a lack of staff members to regularly reposition immobile residents
- Medication errors, including giving the wrong medicine to a resident or giving a resident more medication than prescribed
- Lack of supervision of residents prone to wander, resulting in a resident wandering away from the facility or into a dangerous place
- Failure to properly vet and train new employees to ensure that they have the experience, disposition, and training required to respect the dignity of the residents they work with
If a Boston nursing home’s negligence injured you or your loved one, you do not have to face the establishment alone. Our legal team has experience helping Boston seniors get compensation for the long-term care and treatment they deserve.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
The manufacturers of products like medications, medical devices, food and supplements, vehicle parts, appliances, and children’s clothing or toys must ensure that their product is reasonably safe when used according to instructions. However, manufacturers often put their bottom line ahead of safety.
Doing so can lead to one of three manufacturing defects, including:
- Design defects: These defects occur when a company poorly engineers its product or knows a better, safer design is available but chooses to sell its product anyway.
- Manufacturing defects: A mishap during the manufacturing process, like foreign material contaminating manufactured food or errors that weaken or change a product, causes manufacturing defects.
- Inadequate warning or instruction defects: Manufacturers must provide instructions on how to use a product so that consumers can take precautions. They must identify non-obvious risks and ensure that consumers can use the product safely. They can be liable for injuries if they fail to provide proper warnings or instructions.
A mass tort is a type of personal injury case in which many people have factually similar claims against the same company. These claims are combined into one case, at least for the discovery phase, to relieve the burden on the court system and ensure fairness.
Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling product liability and mass tort cases. We are currently investigating claims regarding Juul use and vaping, Elmiron, and Zantac. Contact us immediately if these or other products have hurt you or a loved one.
When a person dies in an accident that would have likely resulted in a personal injury lawsuit, an executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate can file a claim on behalf of the deceased’s family and estate to obtain compensation for:
- The loss of income the deceased would have been reasonably expected to earn throughout their lifetime
- The loss of services, protection, and assistance provided to their family members
- Loss of care, comfort, companionship, society, guidance, and counsel
- The cost of a funeral service and burial or cremation
In Boston, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is the same as for personal injury claims: three years. The executor or administrator must file a wrongful death lawsuit in court within three years of the date of the deceased’s death.
Losing a loved one in a preventable accident causes unimaginable pain. Receiving compensation for their death does not eliminate the pain, but it can help relieve the financial burden so survivors can process their grief.
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Boston Traffic Accident Statistics
Before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the number of injuries and fatalities in Massachusetts car and truck accidents plateaued after reaching highs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, that changed during the pandemic, when our state began having record numbers of fatal traffic accidents. The numbers have climbed even higher recently, reaching more than 400 traffic deaths statewide a year, the most recorded since 2007.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) publishes reports of traffic accidents that occur throughout the state. In 2022, MassDOT reported the following accident statistics for Boston:
- 3,758 total vehicle crashes
- 527 minor injury accidents and 30 serious injury crashes
- 24 fatal injury accidents
The John F. Fitzgerald Expressway saw the largest number of serious accidents over a four-year period, followed closely by Morton Street. Other dangerous roads for accidents include Brookline Avenue and the Truman Parkway.
What Types of Injuries Do People Suffer in Personal Injury Accidents in Boston?
The types of personal injuries you can sustain in Boston depend largely on the type of accident you were involved in. Also, the severity of your injuries depends on the nature of the accident and your overall health and age. The attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners help clients obtain compensation for all types of serious injuries. Call us today if you suffered any of the following injuries because of someone else’s negligence:
Of course, here’s a simplified list of common injuries:
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Severe nerve damage
- Crush injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Deep cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Sprains and strains caused by overexertion at work
- Degloving injuries and avulsions
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Emotional and psychological harm, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD
We can also assist with helping you get compensation for other catastrophic injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.
After a Boston Injury: What to Do Next
After a Boston accident, whether you suffered a weather-related injury due to the 48 inches or more of snow that Boston sees every year, an auto accident injury, or an injury on a construction site, protect yourself from the implications of that accident.
Make sure that you:
- Get a copy of any accident report related to your accident. An accident report can more clearly establish the terms of your accident and who likely caused it.
- Contact Finkelstein & Partners as soon as possible. At Finkelstein & Partners, we can help you navigate the challenges that may accompany your injury claim, from collecting evidence to establishing the compensation you deserve.
- Keep track of your medical expenses, including any deductibles or co-pays you may already have paid.
- Document your recovery, including the limitations you may face along the way.
- Follow any instructions issued by your medical care provider to maximize your odds of making a full recovery. If you do not, it could ultimately limit the compensation you can recover for your injuries.
Any time you sustain injuries in an accident, working with a lawyer can make it much easier to fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
Can I Still File an Injury Claim in Boston If I Did Not Seek Medical Attention Right After the Accident?
After an accident, you may not immediately realize the severity of your injuries. Adrenaline may kick in, preventing you from feeling the pain of your injuries. You may try to walk it off to avoid a trip to the hospital and the associated medical expenses.
Always seek medical attention after any serious accident, even if you do not think you sustained any serious injuries. However, if you chose not to pursue immediate medical attention at the time of the accident, you may still have the right to seek compensation. Talk to our attorneys as soon as you discover your injuries to learn more about whether you may still move forward with a claim.
Boston Personal Injury FAQs
How Do I Know If I Have Grounds for a Boston Personal Injury Claim?
At Finkelstein & Partners, our personal injury lawyers will ask several key questions to establish that you have grounds for a Boston personal injury claim:
- Did someone else’s negligence cause you to have an accident? Personal injury claims can range from construction accident claims to auto accident claims, dog bites, or medical malpractice claims, depending on what act of negligence the other party performed and how your injuries occurred.
- Did that other party bear a duty of care to you? A duty of care means that the other party had some reasonable duty to help prevent you from suffering injuries.
- Did you suffer injuries in the accident? To file a personal injury claim, you must establish that you suffered injuries or damages because of the other party’s negligent actions.
If you have questions about whether you may have the right to file an injury claim in Boston, contact the law office of Finkelstein & Partners as soon as possible for a free consultation that will help you assess your rights and your next steps.
Claiming Compensation After Injuries in Boston: How Much Can You Get?
Our personal injury lawyers cannot guarantee the damages you will ultimately recover for your injuries. Too many factors can influence your claim.
- Who caused your injuries? Does your injury claim involve a claim for compensation against more than one party? Some entities may carry higher-value insurance policies, increasing the compensation you can ultimately recover.
- What injuries did you sustain in the accident? What expenses did you have as a result of your injuries?
- Do you have an attorney on your side? Working with an experienced Boston personal injury attorney on your claim may ultimately increase the compensation you can recover and help your claim go more smoothly.
As we help you put together your Boston personal injury claim, we will help you calculate the full extent of the damages you sustained in the accident. This can help provide you with a more comprehensive look at what damages you can expect to pursue.
Your Medical Bills
In most Boston injury claims, your medical costs will serve as the foundation of your injury claim. Your medical expenses will generally reflect the severity of your injuries: if you suffered severe burns, you might have higher medical bills than someone who suffered one or two broken bones in an accident.
We encourage our clients to carefully keep track of all the medical bills associated with their accidents, including co-pays and deductibles. Ensuring you keep copies of those vital medical records makes it easier to lay out the compensation you deserve for your claim.
Your Income Losses
The inability to work after a severe injury can lead to a long-term drop in income. You may find it incredibly difficult to work with the limitations caused by your injuries. As a result, you may have substantial income losses, especially if you add time off for additional procedures, follow-up appointments, or therapy needs.
Pain and Suffering
Dealing with severe injuries can mean great suffering on top of your ongoing expenses. At Finkelstein & Partners, we aim to help our clients recover compensation for the non-financial damages that may have gone along with their accidents.
Any time you suffer injuries due to the negligence of another party, working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help provide you with the legal support and advice you may need to navigate your claim successfully. Our attorneys can offer several essential services, from collecting evidence to establish who caused your accident to estimating the compensation you should seek.
Ultimately, many of our clients find that working with us helps increase the compensation they can recover for their injuries substantially, even after they take care of their legal fees.
What is the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations on Boston Personal Injury Cases?
How Much Does a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Boston Personal Injury Case?
How long it will take to resolve a personal injury case in Boston can vary widely and depends on several factors. Some key considerations that can affect the timeline include:
- Severity of Injury: The complexity of your injuries plays a significant role. More severe injuries might require extensive medical treatment, surgeries, and longer recovery periods, which can extend the overall timeline.
- Medical Treatment: The duration of your medical treatment and rehabilitation can impact the length of the case. It’s often recommended to wait until your medical condition stabilizes before pursuing a settlement, to ensure accurate assessment of your medical expenses and future needs.
- Liability and Evidence: The clarity of liability and the availability of evidence can affect the speed of the case. If fault is clear and evidence is readily available, the process might move more quickly.
- Negotiations: Negotiations with insurance companies or the responsible parties can take time. The complexity of negotiations, including the need to assess medical records, gather evidence, and calculate damages, can influence the duration.
- Settlement vs. Trial: Many personal injury cases are settled out of court, which can lead to faster resolution. If a trial is necessary, it can significantly extend the timeline due to court scheduling and preparation.
- Legal Process: The legal process, including filing paperwork, gathering evidence, and conducting depositions, can take time. Legal proceedings might be subject to court schedules and availability.
- Defendant’s Response: If the defendant disputes liability or the extent of your injuries, it can lead to a longer legal process. In some cases, such as hit and run accidents, the defendant may not be located right away, which can cause delays.
- Statute of Limitations: In Massachusetts, there’s a statute of limitations that sets a time limit within which you must file a lawsuit for a personal injury case. This can impact how long you have to initiate legal action.
- Attorney’s Strategy and Approach: The approach your attorney takes can affect the timeline. Some cases might benefit from quick settlements, while others might require more time for thorough preparation.
Given the complexity and variability of personal injury cases, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Boston. They can assess the specifics of your situation and provide a more accurate estimate of how long your case might take to resolve based on the factors at play.
Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Boston Personal Injuries If I Was Partially At Fault?
Yes, you may still be able to recover compensation for your personal injuries in Boston even if you were partially at fault. Massachusetts follows a legal principle known as modified comparative negligence. This means that your ability to recover compensation is not necessarily barred if you were partially responsible for the accident that led to your injuries. However, the compensation you can recover may be reduced based on your level of fault.
In Massachusetts, here’s how the modified comparative negligence rule works:
- 51% Bar Rule: You can recover compensation as long as you are found to be 50% or less at fault for the accident. If you are 51% or more at fault, you are barred from recovering any compensation.
- Reduced Compensation: If you are found partially at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. For example, if you are awarded $10,000 in damages but found to be 20% at fault, your compensation will be reduced by 20%, resulting in a total award of $8,000.
It’s important to note that insurance companies and legal parties may dispute the percentage of fault, and negotiations may be necessary to reach a fair settlement.
What's the Personal Injury Claims Process in Boston?
The personal injury claims process in Boston generally involves several stages, from the initial incident through to resolution. Here’s an overview of the typical steps involved:
- Getting Medical Attention: Your health and safety are paramount. Seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible after the accident. Document your injuries and treatment, as this information will be important for your claim.
- Consulting an Attorney: Contact a personal injury attorney in Boston who specializes in handling cases similar to yours. An attorney can provide legal advice, guide you through the process, and protect your rights.
- Investigating the Accident: Your attorney will investigate the accident, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and assess the extent of your damages. This may involve reviewing medical records, accident reports, and other relevant documentation.
- Determining Liability: Your attorney will determine who is at fault for the accident. Establishing liability is a crucial step in building a strong case for compensation.
- Negotiating a Settlement with the Insurance Company: The insurance company will review your claim and may offer a settlement. Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf to reach a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
- Filing a Lawsuit and Going to Court: If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, your attorney may file a lawsuit on your behalf. This step initiates formal legal proceedings and involves the following processes:
- Discovery: Both sides gather evidence and information through a process called discovery. This may include depositions, interrogatories, and requests for documents.
- Mediation: Before going to trial, the parties may engage in mediation, where a neutral third party helps facilitate settlement discussions.
- Trial: If mediation is unsuccessful, your case will proceed to trial. Both sides present their evidence and arguments, and a judge or jury decides the outcome.
- Verdict or Settlement: If your case goes to trial, a verdict will be reached. If you win, you will be awarded compensation. However, many cases are settled before reaching trial, and if a settlement is reached, your case will be resolved without a trial.
- Appeal (if applicable): Either party may request an appeal of the court’s decision if they can show judicial or procedural errors affected the outcome. An appellate court will review the request and determine if sufficient grounds exist to hear the appeal.
It’s important to note that every personal injury case is unique, and the process can vary based on the specifics of your situation. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Fighting the Insurance Company After an Accident in Boston
Dealing with the aftermath of a devastating accident in Boston often means interacting with an insurance company that may seem determined to deny you the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. You may get a low initial settlement offer that fails to reflect the actual damages you deserve and feel pressured to accept it, or the insurance company that covers the liable party may refuse to accept liability for the accident. Often, that can mean a long fight for reasonable compensation for your injuries.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we have extensive experience fighting various insurance companies. We have dealt with many devastating accident claims and aim to help our clients recover the compensation they deserve for those devastating injuries. If you find yourself fighting with the insurance company for the compensation you deserve, contact Finkelstein & Partners as soon as possible to discuss how you can maximize your compensation.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Boston? Call Us Now!
When you suffer injuries in an accident, you need compassionate, experienced legal support to help guide you through the claim process. At Finkelstein & Partners, you will find a team of attorneys with more than 60 years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. Contact Finkelstein & Partners today at (617) 580-3144 for your free consultation and learn more about what to do next.
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Boston Emergency Rooms
Be sure to get immediate medical attention at any of Boston’s emergency rooms or urgent care centers if you suffered serious injuries someone else caused:
- Boston Medical Center Emergency Room: 725 Albany St, Boston, MA 02118
- Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Room: 55 Fruit St #2622, Boston, MA 02114
- Tufts Medical Center Emergency Room: 860 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Room: 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Emergency Room: 10 Gove St, East Boston, MA 02128
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Room: 1 Deaconess Rd, Boston, MA 02215
- Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Emergency: 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115
- West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center Emergency Department: 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132
*Disclaimer – Finkelstein & Partners does not endorse these healthcare providers, nor do we profit from having them listed on our website.
- Boston Municipal Court Department: 24 New Chardon St, Boston, MA 02114
- John Adams Courthouse: 1 Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108
- Suffolk County Superior Court: 3 Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108
- Edward W. Brooke Courthouse: 24 New Chardon St, Boston, MA 02114
- John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse: 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts: 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210
- East Boston District Court: 37 Meridian St, East Boston, MA 02128
Neighborhoods We Serve in Boston
Beacon Hill (02108), South Boston (02127), East Boston (02128), Dorchester (02121, 02122, 02124, 02125), Allston (02134, 02163, 02135, 02215), Roslindale (02131), Hyde Park (02136, 02199, 02137, 02131, 02132, 02110), Roxbury (02120, 02119, 02132, 02121, 02125, 02124, 02118, 02130), West Roxbury (02132), Mattapan (02126), Mission Hill (02120), Brighton (02135, 02163, 02134), Downtown (02203, 02199, 02110, 02163, 02109, 02116), Eagle Hill (02128), Upham’s Corner (02125), Chinatown (02111), Readville (02136), South Boston Waterfront (02127), Newton Upper Falls (02464), East Cambridge (02141), Chestnut Hill (02459, 02467), Newton Corner (02458)