Travel by motor vehicles is the primary means of transportation in the United States. With its unprecedented degree of mobility and countless advantages, there is always a risk involved in operating or being a passenger in a motor vehicle. Traffic fatalities account for over 90 percent of transportation-related fatalities. Accidents include rear-end collisions, side-swipes or intersection crashes, to name a few. Accidents can result in totaled vehicles, injuries and even the death of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Additional damages can include property loss, and depending on the extent of your injury, crippling medical costs and lost wages. Victims of an automobile accident may have the right to compensation for their injuries.
The attorneys at Sheff Law have over 100 years of combined experience in handling automobile accident cases, both in Massachusetts and across the country. Our lawyers understand the tremendous toll accidents can take on victims and their families. Besides the emotional strain, automobile accidents can place a huge financial burden on victims as well as their families. Victims may be overwhelmed with hospital visits, therapy programs and medical bills. If someone hurt in a crash needs to take time off work for health care they can also face lost wages. Sheff Law’s attorneys are dedicated to getting the maximum possible compensation for the disruptions and hardships automobile accidents cause. The attorneys are knowledgeable in the most common automobile accidents causes, ranging from speeding or dangerous driving to driving under the influence, automobile defects, faulty construction on roadways, and more.
In 2012, there were almost 26 thousand fatalities as a result of car crashes in the United States. Of that number, most of the accidents most were caused by drugs or alcohol, speeding, distraction, or hazardous weather conditions.
An automobile accident has the potential of causing both minor and serious injuries. The injuries considered to be more minor include, but are not limited to, bruises and lacerations. A crash can also cause spine, neck, or back injuries, internal injuries, or traumatic brain injury. These serious injuries can result in very large medical bills, diminished quality of life, and loss of wages due to an inability to work temporarily or permanently.
It is very possible that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not be recognized immediately following a motor vehicle accident. People who have been involved in automobile accidents often suffer from a “shearing” injury, where brain tissue is torn against the sharp edges of the skull. There is one new TBI in the United States per 500 people, every year. Of those, around 10 percent are considered severe. The others are normally considered “mild TBI,” may still have a significant impact on the accident victim. A victim suffering from a “mild” brain injury can experience disrupted memory, mood, or basic cognitive functioning. The general feeling is that a traumatic brain injury victim is a “different person” than before the injury occurred. The team of lawyers at Sheff Law is dedicated to proving to insurance companies and juries that their clients have real brain injuries with significant impacts on their lives.
In Massachusetts, auto accident victims who have suffered from personal injuries may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, permanent disfigurement, dismemberment, wrongful death, scarring, loss of opportunity to enjoy life, interference with marital and/or parental relationships, and other types of general damage.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an “auto accident” and sustained a personal injury, please fill out the form. An attorney will personally review the information you provide and may contact you to discuss your legal options.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog