At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our injury attorneys represent residents of Martha’s Vineyard who have been involved in car accidents truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, incidents of medical malpractice, accidents caused by defective products, and more. We have the skill and experience to help protect your rights. We have been representing our neighbors in these and other injury matters since 1994, and we have established a strong reputation in the local legal community that is reflected in our solid record in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
A charming island hamlet just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard epitomizes Massachusetts coastal living for many people. The 100-square mile island was originally occupied by Native Americans of the Wampanoag tribe, and it was later named by an English explorer who landed on the island in the early 17th century. The island’s population balloons from about 16,000 year-round to roughly 100,000 in the busy summer months, when visitors flock to the Vineyard for their own little slice of New England seaside allure. Notable current and former residents include singer-songwriter James Taylor, author Shel Silverstein, and actress Patricia Neal.Seeking Compensation through a Negligence Claim
A person who is injured in an accident caused by the carelessness of another individual or entity has the legal right to seek damages from those responsible. That generally means suing for negligence. In order to prove negligence, the person suing (plaintiff) must show that the person or entity being sued (defendant) breached some “duty of care” owed to the plaintiff. The plaintiff also has to prove that the breach caused the accident or otherwise contributed to his or her injury. That often requires detailed evidence depicting how the accident happened and documenting the injuries sustained as a direct result.
Because of the work that goes into establishing negligence, a person who is considering pursuing a personal injury case should be aware of the legal deadline for filing suit. Massachusetts’ statute of limitations gives potential plaintiffs three years from the date of the accident – or from the time the plaintiff became aware of the injury, in some circumstances – to bring a claim. If you sue after this time limit has passed, you are likely to have your case dismissed.
Many personal injury cases involve dealing with large insurance companies that may be reluctant or unwilling to pay out claims. The good news is that the law provides at least some protections for accident victims. Insurers are obligated to act with “candor and fairness” when they review and handle claims, for example. This requirement is often viewed as a standard of “good faith” and typically includes making attempts to settle claims when possible, in order to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation.
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our lawyers are qualified to take on insurance companies. The firm is led by former insurance defense attorney John C. Manoog III, who is also a recognized authority in car accident litigation. Mr. Manoog is so well respected among his peers that he often works with the state bar association to help train other lawyers in these types of cases. We understand the strategies that insurers often employ to reduce payouts, and we know the elements that must be proved to assert your right to compensation.Consult an Experienced Attorney after a Martha’s Vineyard Accident
If you have been hurt in an accident on Martha’s Vineyard, the dedicated injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III can help. We are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth, and our lawyers are 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.