Personal injury law, though broad in the variety of cases it includes, has one goal – to protect and compensate victims who have been injured by another’s action or negligent inaction. Most personal injury lawsuits seek damages for victims who have been physically or mentally injured, or whose property has been damaged or lost. Usually, a plaintiff and his or her personal injury lawyer will file a lawsuit against the offending party, but in cases of minor or deceased victims, family members of the victim can file the lawsuit. Mr. Halström, a leading personal injury lawyer in Massachusetts, has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of these victims.
When determining the value of personal injury lawsuits, Massachusetts courts, attorneys, and juries often examine two key elements within the case. First, liability must be determined. This means that it is the responsibility of the plaintiff and his or her personal injury lawyer to prove that the defendant is legally responsible for any injuries or damages sustained by the plaintiff. Often, this requires the plaintiff and his or her attorney to prove that the defendant did indeed act negligently or with intent to cause damage. Additionally, damages must be assessed. This means that the attorney must assist the plaintiff in determining a monetary value for any damages or injuries sustained. These injuries can include physical damage to the body or to property and mental or emotional suffering.
In addition to medical malpractice, brain injuries, burn injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and wrongful death cases, personal injury lawsuits can involve the following circumstances: slip and fall cases, nursing home abuse, defective products and drugs, exposure to toxic materials, drug injuries, job injuries, and dog bites.