Serious / Catastrophic Injuries

Representing Massachusetts Clients with Serious or Catastrophic Injuries

The Fall River catastrophic injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have more than 146 years of combined experience serving clients who have suffered serious injuries throughout the region. Whether they have suffered paralysis or traumatic brain damage, we understand the serious consequences of these injuries, both for the person injured and his or her family. We also know the law as it relates to these accidents, and how to pursue each and every responsible party.

Types and Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Our seasoned personal injury lawyers represent clients who have suffered a wide range of serious injuries, including:

  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Vision loss
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Burn injuries

Among the various causes of catastrophic injuries, at the top of the list in many peoples’ minds are fairly commonplace incidents like car crashes, slip and falls, construction accidents, motorcycle collisions and instances of medical malpractice. What some people may not know, however, is that other everyday activities like playing sports or engaging in recreational activities can also lead to very serious injury.

Lawsuits for Serious Injuries

There isn’t enough money in the world to make a person whole after suffering a severe or catastrophic injury. That said, the law entitles injured persons to make sure that those responsible for the injuries – a negligent car driver, doctor, employer, property owner, etc. – are made monetarily accountable.

Most injury suits proceed under a theory of negligence, or one in which an injured victim seeks compensation for harm they have suffered as a result of another person’s careless conduct. A plaintiff’s financial recovery in these cases may be somewhat limited if his or her own negligent conduct contributed to their injuries. However, under the Massachusetts modified comparative negligence standard, as long as the plaintiff was less than 51 percent at fault, he or she can still seek damages from the responsible defendants.

Available Damages

Legal recovery for damages in these cases can help ease the financial burden and some of the stress that often comes with catastrophic injuries. That includes money for doctor and other medical bills, missed wages, and potentially for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Massachusetts law also permits the spouse of a person who suffers a catastrophic injury to sue for his or her own “loss of consortium,” a legal theory that recognizes the possible effect of serious injury on a marital relationship.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Recovery for serious injuries often includes working with at least one insurance company, whether it’s your own insurer or that of a responsible party. It is vital that you do not make any statements to or accept payments from an insurer without first consulting with an experienced, reputable personal injury attorney. These companies don’t always have your best interests in mind and they may even try to take advantage of this stressful situation to limit their own liability.

We Hold Negligent Defendants and Their Insurers Accountable

The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have extensive experience dealing with insurers in catastrophic injury and other cases. Founding partner John C. Manoog III began his legal career working for an insurance defense firm, giving him a unique insight into how they defend claims, and the strategies on which they often rely in attempting to limit payouts. For example, he previously secured a $390,000 jury award for a client injured in a car accident after the insurance company offered to settle the matter for just $7,000. Other previous victories include settlements of $1.25 million for a person who suffered a head injury in a motorcycle accident, and $1 million for a client who suffered facial injuries in a car crash.

Experienced Attorneys on Your Side

Our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers are ready to assist you. In many cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we are successful. We are conveniently located in Plymouth and Hyannis, and we are also happy to visit you if you’re unable to make it to our offices. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.

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