Framingham is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts with a population of just over 68,000 people. In 2012, CNN Money Magazine ranked it #36 on ‘Best Places to Live in US.’ Framingham’s economy is driven primarily by its retail and office complexes - the three major business districts in the town are known as the ‘Golden Triangle.’ The town is home to many cultural attractions including the Framingham Community Theater, Framingham History Center, Danforth Museum and the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest. Personal injury accidents take place in every city in the United States and Framingham is no exception. If you or someone close to you was hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you should speak to a skilled Framingham injury attorney as soon as possible.Succeeding on a Massachusetts Personal Injury Claim
Most personal injury cases are rooted in the legal theory of negligence. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise reasonable care and ends up hurting another. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. To establish liability in a negligence case, the plaintiff must show that a reasonably prudent person in the defendant’s situation would have acted differently under the same circumstances, and by not acting in that way, the defendant directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The following examples highlight how negligence can take place in different contexts:
- Automobile accidents: When a car driver hits a pedestrian because he or she was texting while driving, that driver will likely be deemed negligent and will be liable for the pedestrian’s resulting harm.
- Product liability: Products must be free of hazards that can harm consumers. For this reason, everyone in the chain of distribution can be strictly liable for damages that result from faulty products.
- Slip and falls: If merchandise falls off a shelf and injures a customer, the storeowner would likely be deemed negligent and liable for the customer’s resulting harm. This is because property owners have an obligation to maintain the property in a manner free of obvious dangerous conditions or those that would be discovered upon reasonable inspection.
- Medical malpractice: A physician who administers a dangerous cocktail of medication to a patient and ends up worsening the patient’s condition would likely be deemed negligent. This is because medical professionals have a duty to follow a certain standard of care accepted in the medical community in the same situation.
When an injured victim establishes negligence, he or she can pursue damages such as medical expenses, lost income, lost benefits, rehabilitation costs, property damage and more. The exact amount of compensation a victim will recover will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. In Massachusetts, there is a cap on non-economic damages in the amount of $500,000 in medical malpractice cases.Contact a Skilled Framingham Accident Lawyer
At the Neumann Law Group, our hard-working Framingham accident attorneys will scrutinize the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim. Our goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can trust you are in good hands with Attorney Neumann who has been the recipient of many accolades such as the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers of 2014, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorney’s Inc. Top 10 Attorney Award of 2014, and Lawyers Weekly Rising Star Award of 2014. Please note that we handle areas of law beyond personal injury as well including criminal defense, real estate, estate planning, family law, collections and mediations. Please feel free to contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 525-6386.