March 8, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm At the Massachusetts personal injury law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP clients regularly express similar concerns. The following questions and answers can help you understand more about how personal injury law works: What are the types of personal injury cases? How does a personal injury attorney prove cases in Massachusetts? How long do I have to file a lawsuit? I do not like the idea of suing someone. Do I have other options? What is my claim worth? What are the types of personal injury cases? Whenever individuals suffer injury as a result of negligent or willful acts of other parties, they have the right to pursue compensation for the losses associated with their injuries. Each personal injury lawyer at our Boston firm handles a variety of cases. Some examples include injuries sustained from asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, construction accidents, workers compensation injuries, and dangerous products such as harmful prescription drugs. Back to top How does a personal injury attorney prove cases in Massachusetts? Injury attorneys must provide compelling evidence identifying all parties at fault, the percentage of liability for each party, and the full extent of all damages. They begin by documenting the facts of the case, researching evidence, interviewing witnesses, and generally conducting a thorough investigation. Documents are compiled. Medical, financial and technical professionals of all kinds may be called upon to provide expert testimony. There are many tools in the arsenal of a successful personal injury law firm in Massachusetts such as Thornton Law Firm LLP. Back to top How long do I have to file a lawsuit? The Massachusetts statute of limitations for most personal injuries is three years. If your personal injury attorney cannot resolve your claim with insurance companies or opposing lawyers within this period, he or she must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitation expires. Back to top I do not like the idea of suing someone. Do I have other options? Most Massachusetts personal injury cases do not go to court. In most cases, our Boston personal injury attorneys can achieve successful resolution through an insurance claim or by negotiating an out-of-court settlement with opposing counsel. Back to top What is my claim worth? Your personal injury lawyer pursues compensation for all losses related to your injuries. Under Massachusetts law, this can include—but is not limited to—the following: Past, current, and future anticipated costs of medical treatment and therapy The costs of hiring someone to care for your home and family during your recovery Lost wages from work or the inability to continue working Property damage Other losses such as pain and suffering In certain cases, individuals can pursue punitive damages, such as when they sustain injuries from criminal acts against them. When victims suffer permanent disability, settlements or awards typically represent expenses and lost income expected over a lifetime. Back to top Trust our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys to help Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation. You have nothing to risk. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.