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Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident? You may be surprised to know that regardless of whether you are at fault, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. We can help.
Under Massachusetts Law, when you sustain a bodily injury as a result of another individual's negligence, you are entitled to recover monetary damages for your pain and suffering.
Steps to take following an accident:
Seek treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.
Preserve all accident photographs. (Vehicle damage, bodily injuries - cuts, scrapes, scars, bruising, burn marks etc.)
Obtain a copy of the police report, if applicable.
Refrain from speaking with the insurance companies.
It must not be understated that the single most important step in your recovery is to seek treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Not only will treating help you feel better, but it documents your injuries from the date of the initial accident all the way through to your ultimate discharge. Preserving all medical bills and records is essential to the outcome of your bodily claim. An attorney at our law firm will use this evidence to argue on your behalf in order to obtain the highest possible reward. Put simply, although you suffered an injury due to the accident, we need to prove it with medical treatment. Without proof that you were injured as a direct result of the accident, the case will have little to no value. More treatment. More value.
Equally as important as treatment, is limiting communication with the insurance companies. In a motor vehicle accident, this includes both your own car insurance company and the insurance company of the at-fault party. Insurance companies are in the business of making money. It is in their best interest to try and obtain information from you that will ultimately limit the amount of money that they will offer to pay. Insurance companies will often attempt to try and downplay your injures and categorize medical treatment as "unnecessary" or "unrelated". Do not let them trick you into thinking that they know your body better than you do. You were injured in the accident. The insurance company was not. GET THE TREATMENT YOU NEED.
When you are injured, call us. We aggressively push back against the insurance companies. We will not accept low-ball offers to settle your claim. The Sloan Firm will take all the necessary steps to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
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"My accident was over 2 years ago, do I still have a claim?"
"I only treated several times after the accident, can I make a personal injury claim?"
"The individual who crashed into me fled the scene of the accident before I could get a license plate number. Is is possible to still recover for my pain and suffering?"
"The driver who hit me did not have auto insurance. Can I still pursue a personal injury claim?"
"I sustained a severe injury due to another individual's negligence. They have the minimum bodily injury coverage available on their auto insurance policy. Do I have any other recourse? Is there more money available?"
"I was a passenger in a vehicle that was at fault for an accident. May I still present a bodily injury claim?"
"I stopped treating for my accident several months ago, but now I am having pain again. Will my new treatment be factored into my current bodily injury claim?"
You may be surprised to know that the answer to all these questions is YES. Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 260 §4 states that the statute of limitations for bringing a bodily injury claim is three years. In other words, if you were injured as a result of someone else's negligence, you are entitled to recover for your pain and suffering as long as the injury you sustained occurred within the last three years. After this date, you may be barred from ever recovering. Due to this time limitation, it is essential to set up a claim as quickly as possible.
In addition to a time limitation on which your claim must be brought, Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 231, §6D establishes a “threshold” of $2,000.00, which must be met by the injured party to recover compensation for pain and suffering. This applies to any accident that occurs with the state of Massachusetts. If an injured party is unable to meet the $2,000.00 threshold, other elements must be satisfied to be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.
Under Massachusetts Law, for an injured party to qualify for pain and suffering compensation, that individual must meet at least one the following criteria:
(1) The medical expenses to treat the injured party must exceed $2,000.00, and be both “reasonable and necessary".; or
(2) The injured party must have suffered permanent and serious disfigurement; or
(3) A fracture of one or more of his/her bones; or
(4) A loss “in whole or part of a body member;” or
(5) Loss of sight or hearing; or
If you where involved in an accident, or know someone that was involved in an accident who meets ANY of the above criteria, call The Sloan Firm today.
Another common question is how to proceed when involved in a "hit-and-run" accident in which there is no third party to pursue a claim against. Many drivers are unaware that they are protected by a clause within their own auto insurance policy called "Uninsured Motorist" coverage (UM). Under M.G.L. Ch. 175, Section 113L, all drivers must purchase uninsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage is triggered in "hit-and run" accidents, when the at-fault party is unable to be identified, and in scenarios when the at-fault party is found to be without insurance.
Unfortunately, another common scenario, and what is often the case, is many drivers within the state of Massachusetts drive with minimum bodily injury coverage. Massachusetts General Law c.90, s.34A-34R requires all drivers within the state to carry at least $20,000.00 per person bodily injury coverage and a total of $40,000.00 bodily injury liability coverage per incident.
Due to this fact, when you are injured in an accident, there is a high probability that the at-fault party will not have adequate insurance coverage to fully compensate you for your injuries. For this reason, many auto insurance policies carry "Underinsured Motorist" coverage (UIM). An underinsured motorist policy allows a motorist to present a bodily injury claim with their own auto insurance company once the full policy limits of the at-fault party have been exhausted. In Massachusetts, an underinsured motorist policy is not required, however many elect to purchase it as an add-on for extra protection. It is therefore extremely important to have an experienced attorney review your auto insurance policy for excess coverage.
Being injured as a passenger in a vehicle also presents significant questions. If you or a loved one was injured in as a passenger in an automobile accident, the bodily injury claim will be valued at 100%. This remains true whether the individual driving the vehicle you were in was found completely at fault, partially at fault, or not at fault at all. Put simply, if you are a passenger injured in an automobile accident you are eligible for financial compensation if you meet the tort threshold of $2,000.00 in medical expenses due to your injuries.
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What separates us from other personal injury law firms is our availability. We are here for you 24/7. The single biggest reason clients switch lawyers is due to a lack of client-attorney communication. Our team of experienced attorneys takes the time to personally connect with each client we represent. At The Sloan Firm, you will never be just a number.
We realize that being injured in an accident can often be an overwhelming experience. Initially, one of the most difficult challenges individuals face after they have been injured in an accident is who to call. It is extremely important to hire a personal injury law firm that cares about each and every client that walks through the door.
Many unexpected questions present themselves after being injured in an accident. Many times the situation can even seem hopeless. What are my legal rights? How are my medical bills being paid? Can I be compensated for missed time at work? At The Sloan Firm, we know the answers. We care about YOU.
The Sloan Firm takes pride in guiding you through every step of the process. From initial intake until conclusion, you will never be left in the dark. Rest assured, you are not alone in this fight. We are in this TOGETHER.
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NOLAN SLOAN, ESQ.
Admitted in Massachusetts
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY
Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.
Attorney Nolan Sloan founded The Sloan Firm with one goal in mind. Put clients first.
A native of Rochester, New York, Nolan attended The State University of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, earning a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies with a concentration in Political Science.
Upon graduation, Nolan set his sights on Boston, Massachusetts, a pioneer in the legal industry. While living in Massachusetts, Nolan earned his Juris Doctorate at Suffolk University Law School, located in the heart of Boston.
Upon passing the Massachusetts Bar Examination, Nolan quickly and effectively gained vast experience representing hundreds of clients in complex legal matters at several high volume social security disability and personal injury law firms in Downtown Boston.
The experience Nolan gained throughout his career set the stage for him to open his own firm.
Nolan prides himself on having a personal connection with each individual The Sloan Firm represents. He often finds that he retains a close relationship with clients long after their case has been resolved.
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