PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS WESTWOOD
Have you suffered a severe injury caused by someone’s negligence? We understand what you’re going through. Experiencing pain as a result of another person’s poor behavior can make you frustrated, disappointed, and angry. What’s more, you have to deal with the pain and stress of your injuries and financial losses.
If you have experienced an accident or injury in the Westwood area of Massachusetts, the Jason Stone Injury Lawyers are here to help you receive just and deserved compensation.
We want to know your story and to help you recover from your loss or personal injury. We can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (888) 621-1203 or fill out a free contact form. You will receive a response within 24 hours, guaranteed.
The Westwood Jason Stone Injury Lawyers are determined to hold those responsible for your injuries and losses accountable and to help you recover from your painful experience. Never trust the opposition’s lawyers and insurance adjusters. They are not on your side.
You deserve to have an experienced Westwood personal injury law firm on your side. We have helped clients recover from a variety of personal injuries and accidents.
Some of the most common accident types we handle include the following.
PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS
Car accidents happen every day and affect all types of people. At times, an accident is a mere fender-bender with slight property damage. However, this too can be a serious event with severe injuries.
Motorcycle accidents cause severe pain and trauma. Additionally, the cost of medical treatments and the financial drain from missing work during recovery can produce extreme stress. We want to help alleviate this anxiety by getting you the compensation you need and deserve.
Walking or running is good for your health, but even if a pedestrian follows all traffic laws, an accident can still occur. If you have been injured as a pedestrian when a driver was negligent or irresponsible, we want to give you the firm legal grounding you need to receive justice.
Outside of children’s cartoons, slip-and-fall accidents are usually painful. If the pain you are experiencing after slipping or falling is due to a property owner failing to care for his or her property, we would like to aid you in receiving the rewards that you deserve legally.
Traumatic brain injuries have been called the “invisible disability.” At times, they create symptoms that the victim feels and experiences, while others can’t see the effects. Such injuries are grievous and can turn your life upside down. If you have become the victim of a TBI due to negligence, we want to pursue the legal route to get you the compensation that can help.
When we consider their size and the speeds at which they travel, it is no surprise that trucks are involved in especially destructive and damaging accidents. Resulting injuries can have serious, long-term effects. In addition, the financial cost of recovery can be overwhelming. If you have been victimized by such an accident because of a negligent driver, please consult with us.
They seem fun, and no doubt they can be. Yet, hoverboards have the potential to harm users or anyone nearby. Some models have the reputation of catching fire or exploding. If you have been injured by a hoverboard, we would like to help you receive balanced and fair compensation.
When you make use of the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), by bus, train, or subway, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Should an accident or injury occur due to unsafe conditions, negligence, or recklessness on the part of the MBTA, we would like to help you win compensation.
DRUGS AND DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
When you purchase an item that is readily available in the marketplace, you have the right to expect that it has been tested and determined safe for use. If a product has proven to be dangerous and caused you harm, it is in your best interest to speak with a defective product lawyer with Jason Stone.
With drone usage increasing, the number of related accidents and injuries grows as well. Additionally, drones have encroached on people’s privacy or have damaged personal property. In any of these cases, if you have been negatively affected by a drone, we can assist you.
A drug that should have helped you could have been given incorrectly, produced incorrectly, contaminated, or defective in some way. If consumed, such a drug poses a great risk of dire consequences. If you are the victim of a drug injury, we would like to aid you in your recovery.
CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT
By their very nature, construction sites are dangerous. If you were hurt as a result of inadequate training, safety violations, lack of protective equipment, or defective or poorly maintained equipment, then you should know this counts as negligence. It is important to speak with an attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
When you work hard for your employer, you expect to be treated fairly when you suffer an injury at your place of employment. You deserve compensation for lost work, as well as for any medical costs incurred by your injury. If your rights are not being recognized, let us help you legally recover the needed assistance and restitution for which you qualify.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
If you haven’t worked in over a year as a result of an injury, accident, or developing a medical condition that prevents you from working, you may meet the requirements to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. We can help you access the resources necessary to overcome any barriers to your financial and medical stability.
If you have put the service of others ahead of your own well-being and self-interest by serving your country, you should be rewarded. Veterans are due benefits for their health and family and for education. Our lawyers will pursue your legal interest if your benefits have been denied by the VA.
When you visit the doctor, you hope to feel better. It is extremely distressing when medical professionals harm you when they fail to meet appropriate standards of care. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, we would like to assist you in recovering from such a terrible ordeal.
Victims’ damages can be catastrophic — or even fatal.
Undoubtedly, it is your desire and intent that your loved ones be kept safe and clean in the nursing home or long-term facility where they live. If your loved one is not experiencing the appropriate standard of care, we want to help ensure that he or she receives assistance and compensation.
OTHER COMMON CASES
The pain of losing a loved one can be even more excruciating when it is a case of wrongful death. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers want to make sure the law helps you if you have lost a loved one in a preventable accident or when someone was negligent.
Dog bite injuries can be severe. Limb injuries are common, and the tearing or puncturing of a bite can cause damage to the skin, muscles, ligaments, and joints. Especially traumatic are injuries to the face, neck, or head. The emotional scarring from such a terrifying experience can last a long time. We can help you win your deserved compensation for your pain and suffering.
After your injury, you may receive a call from the insurance company of the party responsible for the incident. The representative may seem friendly, but their company does not have your best interests in mind and may try to take advantage of you.
Here are eleven ways insurance companies may try to take advantage of you.
Never enter into negotiations with an insurance company unarmed – protect your rights by letting an experienced attorney work for you to recover the compensation to which you’re entitled.
01Requiring you to get an Independent Medical Examination (IME)
This means that the insurance company requires that a second physician confirm that your injuries are as bad as you claim. If your adjuster sets up an IME for you, it will almost certainly be with a doctor who works for the insurance company. This means that it is in this doctors interest to try to minimize your injuries and undermine your claim. There are ways to protect your rights during and after an IME. Never submit to one without first speaking to an attorney.
02Requiring you to take an Examination Under Oath (EUO)
During this process, you will be sworn under oath and the insurance company’s attorney may ask you any question at all that they feel is relevant to the case. The purpose of these questions may not be clear to you, but they are often designed to find holes in your claim. During an EUO, you may not plead the fifth, declining to respond, and your own attorney is not allowed to object to any of the questions. If you are asked by the insurance company to participate in an EUO, contact your attorney immediately.
03Limiting the amount of money offered for specialty prescription drugs you needed to take after your injury
While insurance frequently covers medical expenses, including prescription drugs, insurance companies are notorious for being stingy when it comes to covering specialty drugs. If you are prescribed a drug that has just hit the market, a biological drug (one made from living organisms like cells or tissue), or a drug that has no generic alternative, your insurance company may refuse to provide full coverage. The catch with most specialty prescription drugs is that they are prohibitively expensive–these drugs can costs thousands of dollars per month. Due to the high cost, insurance companies often try to limit coverage to protect their bottom line from being eaten away by the costs of these prescriptions. Because of this, it’s important to factor the costs of these drugs into your settlement offer.
04Limiting the amount awarded to you for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, which covers medical bills and lost wages
PIP insurance is a mandatory form of insurance coverage that generally comes into play when you have been injured in a no-fault state. This coverage is supposed to pay for medical bills and lost income following your car crash. If your insurance company offers you less than the full amount that you incurred in medical bills and lost wages, don’t sign anything before first consulting with your attorney. Once you sign a settlement agreement with your insurance company, there is no going back for more money to cover the difference.
05Failing to provide you with any compensation for lost wages in the settlement offer
If your car’s insurance policy covers lost wages, you are entitled to compensation for the income from time off work while you were recovering from your injuries. Insurance companies love to prey on victims who aren’t aware that they are entitled to these wages when extending an initial settlement offer. If you contribute substantially to your household income, or are the sole provider for your family, being compensated for your time out of work can be critical to your well-being.
06Not giving you access to MedPay, which covers medical costs resulting from a car crash
MedPay is an optional coverage that is offered by most auto-insurance carriers and acts to cover the medical expenses that you or your passengers incurred after your crash. This form of insurance does have a cap, which varies by insurance company. Oftentimes, people aren’t even aware that they have MedPay coverage in their auto insurance policy, and insurance companies rarely mention it as a way to keep from having to pay out for medical expenses. In the eyes of the insurance company, the less they have to pay, the better the deal.
07Trying to get you to settle before you realize the full extent of your injuries, which can surface days or even weeks after your incident
If you have a personal injury claim, you can all but guarantee that the insurance company will call you just days or even hours after the incident, offering to settle. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the insurance company has your best interests in mind and want to get you your money as quickly as possible. Part of the reason for pressuring you to settle early is to keep you from having the time to realize the full extent of your injuries. When it comes to car crashes, some of the most debilitating injuries can have a delayed onset. If you struck your head during the collision, you may develop a headache that won’t go away days or even weeks after the crash. Chronic back pain, stiffness, and numbness are also notorious for creeping up on you a good period of time after your crash. If you settle with your insurance company too early, you may be missing out on compensation to cover these persistent injuries.
08Conning you into signing documents you don’t understand
When you sign a settlement agreement with an insurance company, you don’t simply sign a one-page document and go on your way. You will sign a mountain of complicated paperwork with a boatload of fine print. Oftentimes, a person signs these documents without reading carefully into what the paperwork subjects him to. You can almost guarantee that if a clause appears in paperwork prepared by an insurance company, it is not in your favor. One such clause can even require you to use the insurance company’s expert witness instead of your own to prove your injuries. In the eyes of the insurance company’s expert witness, you’re almost never going to be as badly injured as you truly are.
09Demanding a confidential settlement, which can make any proceeds you receive taxable by the IRS
In a normal insurance settlement, the compensation that you receive is not considered income, and thus is not taxed by the federal or state government. If your insurance company demands a confidentiality clause in your settlement agreement, however, this should raise a red flag. The IRS has declared that money obtained in a confidential settlement is to be considered taxable income to the recipient. This tax can strip you of a hefty portion of your settlement.
10Demanding that you sign unlimited medical release authorizations, essentially giving them insight into every aspect of your well-being
As soon as the insurance company catches wind of the incident, you will be sent a stack of forms to sign. Nine times out of ten, this paperwork will include a medical authorization release. This document does nothing but hurt your claim; it gives the insurance company permission to dig through all of your medical records, including past medical history, doctors’ notes, and even how often you visit a physician. It’s always important to speak with your personal injury attorney before signing any document that an insurance company sends you.
11Recording or taking notes during the conversations you have with the insurance claims adjuster
When it comes to phone calls with your insurance adjuster, you can almost guarantee that every second of your conversation is being recorded. Insurance companies love to bait you into saying things that hurt your case in order to validate a low settlement offer. Even something as innocent as telling your adjuster that you’re “not doing too bad” after your injury can have a negative impact on your settlement offer. An insurance company is sure to use your words against you if it is in its financial interest.
Talk to a Westwood Accident Lawyer About Your Case Today
The path to legal justice does not have to be traveled alone. We at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Westwood, Massachusetts, travel it often and successfully. Our desire is to help you reach your goal of fair and just legal compensation.
Whether the injury has happened to you or a loved one, we want to help. Please call our personal injury team today at (888) 621-1203 to schedule your free consultation.