With lawsuits on the rise, you may wonder when you should call a lawyer and when you should let things be after becoming injured. The answer depends on how you received the injury and how severe it is.

You may believe it is not worth the trouble of seeking damages, but the financial consequences of a personal injury are serious and long-lasting. It is best to pursue compensation, and the process need not be contentious or stressful when you have the right attorney.

What is a personal injury?

A personal injury is debilitating physical or emotional harm as the result of another’s intentional or unintentional negligence. The most common causes of personal injuries are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips and falls (premises liability)
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective products (product liability)
  • Dog bites

Other sources are nursing home abuse, workplace accidents and health care errors (medical malpractice). Injuries may be temporary or permanent. In worst-case situations, the accident leads to wrongful death.

What legal options are available?

The statute of limitations in Massachusetts is three years. This means you must begin to take legal action within three years from the time of your accident. Find an attorney who handles your type of injury to discuss your claim. You may have the option to settle, and your lawyer will ensure the responsible party offers you a fair amount. You may have to go to court if the defendant refuses to settle or claim accountability.

The money you receive in a settlement will cover your medical bills, long-term care if applicable, pain and suffering, lost income and any other financial hardship you face as a result of the injury. Your lawyer can also interact with your insurance provider to prevent claim denials. 

Besides hiring legal representation, the most important thing you can do is seek immediate and thorough medical care. Doing so will increase your chances of both physical and monetary recovery.