The injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have been representing individuals from Harwich and elsewhere in Massachusetts in a wide range of legal matters since 1994. Whether it’s a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, a slip and fall at a grocery store, or an incident of pharmacy negligence, we have the resources, skills, and experience to help you seek the full legal remedies that you deserve. We understand that each case is different, and we work personally with every individual client to ensure that his or her rights and interests are protected.
Beaches, historic buildings, and pristine harbor areas await visitors to Harwich, a community over 300 years old. It consists of seven villages and is home to about 13,000 residents, although its population expands to about 40,000 people during the summer months. Its local government uses the traditional New England model of an open town meeting, overseen by a town administrator and an elected board of selectmen. Harwich offers a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities, including diverse restaurants and carefully maintained hiking trails.Seeking Damages from Negligent Parties
If you have been hurt in an accident, you have the right to seek legal damages from those responsible. That often includes money to cover expenses incurred as a result of the injuries, like doctor’s bills, property damage, and lost wages due to time missed from work. It may also include money for pain and suffering as well as emotional distress.
Among the many legal issues that a person considering filing an injury lawsuit should consider is the state-imposed deadline for bringing the claim. Massachusetts operates under a three-year statute of limitations for these cases, meaning that you generally have three years from the date of the accident to take legal action. A person who sues after this time limit has passed is likely to have his or her case dismissed.
An important preliminary step is deciding who to sue. Sometimes liability is fairly straightforward. A person hurt in a car crash can seek damages from a driver who caused the accident by running a red light, for example. In other cases, however, the responsible party may be less clear, or there may be more than one person or entity that is potentially liable. Someone who is hurt after getting a faulty hip replacement, for instance, may have a claim against both the surgeon who performed the operation and the company that designed and manufactured the artificial device.
Massachusetts injury cases often center on claims for negligence. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant breached a “duty of care” owed to the plaintiff and that this breach directly caused the plaintiff to be harmed. Common duties of care include motorists’ responsibility to operate their cars in a reasonably safe manner and a doctor’s obligation to meet certain professional standards in treating patients. In cases where an accident leads to a tragic loss of life, certain surviving family members of the deceased person often can file a wrongful death claim.Protect Your Rights After an Accident by Consulting a Harwich Attorney
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our accident lawyers have more than 146 years of combined experience and a hard-earned reputation in Harwich and beyond for providing comprehensive representation services. Our previous successes for clients include a number of six-and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for the people that we represent.
We are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. Our lawyers are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.