The knowledgeable injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III represent people in Norwell and other Massachusetts communities who have been hurt in a broad range of accidents. From a slip and fall in a grocery store to an incident of pharmacy negligence or a multi-vehicle collision, our firm has more than 146 years of combined experience investigating these cases and asserting related claims. We have a strong reputation in the local and legal communities for providing comprehensive and personalized legal services for the people whom we represent. We also have an extensive track record of success in the courtroom and at the negotiating table to back it up.Asserting Your Legal Right to Compensation
In Massachusetts, most personal injury cases revolve around claims for negligence. In order to prove negligence, the accident victim (plaintiff) has to show that the person or entity being sued (defendant) breached what the courts call a “duty of care.” A property owner, for example, owes visitors a duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn them of any hazards, such as wet floors, icy sidewalks, or rickety railings, of which the owner knows or should be aware. A doctor owes patients a duty to provide a certain level of skill in treatment and diagnoses that is based on training and experience as well as the area where the doctor practices.
In a car accident case, by contrast, a driver owes others on the road a duty to operate his or her car with reasonable care and to refrain from speeding and other types of dangerous behavior behind the wheel. The driver’s actions will be compared to what an ordinary driver would have been expected to do under the circumstances. Would a reasonable person have noticed that traffic was slowing quickly and stepped on the brakes in time to avoid a crash? Would a reasonable person have given a cyclist more room on the shoulder of the road? These are the types of questions that a judge or jury often must consider in accident cases.
To prove negligence, the plaintiff also has to show that the defendant’s breach of care directly caused the accident and resulted in the victim suffering certain damages. This often requires significant medical evidence detailing the cause of the injury and its impact on the plaintiff, as well as proof of precisely how the accident happened in the first place.
A plaintiff who establishes negligence may be entitled to damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In certain cases, additional punitive damages may be available as a way to punish a defendant for particularly callous behavior. In situations where the defendant was acting in the course of his or her job at the time of an accident, the plaintiff may also be able to seek damages from the defendant’s employer under a vicarious liability theory.Consult a Norwell Attorney after an Accident
Just 18 miles southeast of Boston, Norwell provides an antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life with its serene, leafy surroundings and small-town charm. Once a major shipbuilding hub, it was long the home of most of the vessels traveling the North River. Today, it is best known as a charming residential community with good schools and easy access to the city.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III are proud to serve individuals in the Norwell area who have been involved in car accidents and other preventable events. Our lawyers are members of the local community who have dedicated our careers to helping others get back on their feet after serious injuries. We fight aggressively for the people whom we represent and take the time to understand a client’s wants and needs in developing a strategy for each case we handle. We offer free consultations from our offices, which 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.