Legal Question in Personal Injury in Massachusetts

I was struck by a vehicle in a cross walk on February 3rd. At the time even though I was knocked to the ground, nothing broke and I felt that I was fine, just sore and I refused to be taken to the Emergency Room. Since that date both hips and both knees have been giving me agonizing pain and I have had an xray at my doctors office 4 days after the accident of my knee and hip on the side that was struck by the vehicle. I am now waiting on an MRI but feel that the hospital is taking their time due to my insurance not wanting to pay. I just received the police report three days ago and have the drivers information and read that she was cited with 2 citations for not stopping before she struck me in the cross walk. There is film to prove that I was walking in the cross walk and almost completely throught the cross walk when she hit me. She stated in the report that I dashed out in front of her. Where should I go to be compensated for my injuries? I may not be able to walk normally again with my legs/hips the way they are now.

Asked on 2/19/12, 11:16 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Roger Turgeon Turgeon & Associates

Assuming that this happened in Mass., and that the driver was insured in Mass, the insurance on that car has a type of coverage called "Personal Injury Protection", or "No-Fault", which is there to pay your accident-related medical bills (and lost wages) up to $8,000. If you have private health insurance, there a requirements for "coordinating" the two coverages. There also seems to be a pretty clear case of liability on the part of the driver, so you are probably also eligible to pursue a claim for "tort" damages beyond just getting your bills paid. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate that issue properly, so I recommend that you consult with one sooner rather than later. I can't tell you how many times the steps my clients took (or failed to take) before contacting me really limited what I could do for them.

Good Luck

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Answered on 2/19/12, 1:24 pm

This is not too difficult. You either handle it yourself, although you don't know what you are doing and trolling the internet for information, or you hire a competent attorney who does this for a living. If you hire a lawyer on a contingent fee basis, then the lawyer has an interest in doing all that he can to get you fair compensation. Best luck, JBS

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Answered on 2/19/12, 6:23 pm
Craig J. Tiedemann Kajko, Weisman, Colasanti & Stein, LLP

So sorry to hear about your accident. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your potential options.

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Answered on 2/20/12, 11:27 am


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