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Injured in an accident? You have may have been injured because someone ran a stop sign or struck you from behind, or you might have suffered a spinal cord injury after falling down a flight of broken stairs. You may be on a construction site and sustain an injury because of a person’s or corporation’s negligence.
Rest assured that after an accident leaves you injured or disabled, there is an attorney for you at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. A Dover personal injury lawyer at our firm can fight for your rights after you’ve been injured by someone’s negligence.
Injury law protects people who’ve been harmed from someone else’s actions due to negligence by providing compensation for their losses. A loss may constitute a number of injuries, including physical or emotional trauma. Most state laws have a statute of limitations, meaning you must act quickly to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us now!
Reach out to us online to schedule a free case evaluation or call (603) 742-5222 — in some cases, one of our lawyers may be able to come to you if you can’t travel to our office.
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is an area of law that allows injured individuals and in some cases, surviving family members to file civil lawsuits in court to obtain compensation after accidents. However, not everyone who is injured can obtain compensation—to have a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that you suffered harm due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct.
Establishing negligence requires proving certain elements in your claim, including:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- The defendant violated this duty of care
- The plaintiff suffered injuries and damages
- The defendant’s breach directly caused the injuries
Types of Cases We Handle
Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A.’s practice encompasses a wide range of legal areas, including:
- Bicycle accidents: Bicyclists are often injured by negligent drivers. These injuries are often life-threatening and can cause severe disability because bicyclists don’t have seat belts or airbags protecting them, like occupants of vehicles do. Cyclists are especially vulnerable in these days of texting while driving and other dangerous distracted driving situations.
- Brain injuries: Concussions and brain injuries happen in accidents of all kinds and can be difficult to diagnose and difficult to cure. These kinds of injuries can result in substantial disability, which can cause thousands of dollars in lost wages.
- Broken bones: From broken bones to lacerations to torn ligaments and muscles, these injuries tend to be minor but can still cost a lot in medical bills and require rehabilitation and therapy to recover from.
- Car accidents: Tragic automobile accidents occur every day. Driver inattention is common these days with people illegally texting and otherwise being distracted, and drunk driving is a common form of negligence that leads to severe injuries and fatalities. Truck accidents are also particularly disastrous because of their size and weight.
- Dog bites: When a dog bites someone, people can experience some very traumatic injuries such as scars, disfigurement, and wound infections. People who are negligent in training and handling their pets cause many people injuries every year.
- Motorcycle accidents: People are very vulnerable when riding a motorcycle and are 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, according to information from the NHTSA. When other drivers are negligent, motorcyclists can sustain severe injuries and death.
- Slip and falls: People often slip and fall when property owners don’t take care of their property. Convenience stores may not properly clear away ice and snow, and supermarkets may fail to make sure their aisles are free of debris and moisture, which can cause people to slip and fall. A store may not make sure their mats are properly in place in the winter or on rainy days, which can cause people to slip and fall because of the store’s negligence and failure to use proper procedures to protect their customers.
- Whiplash: Whiplash, or cervical strain, is a common and painful type of injury sustained in many types of accidents, from those involving automobiles, motorcycles, or slip and falls on poorly maintained premises. This painful injury requires competent medical treatment and can disrupt your life, making it difficult to work, sleep, or take care of loved ones.
- Wrongful death: All types of accidents can cause the death of you or someone you love. Surviving family members may be eligible to file a claim on behalf of their loved ones to recover compensation for damages such as funeral bills and lost income.
- Pedestrian accidents
- Skiing accidents
- Spine injuries
- Premises liability
How Much is My Claim Worth?
It’s impossible to guess how much your claim may be worth simply by referring to the outcomes of similar cases because no two accidents are alike. There are many factors that must be considered when calculating the value of your claim. Some of these include how severe your injuries are, whether you’re permanently disabled and may incur future costs of care, and how much insurance the at-fault party has.
Other factors that can help determine how much your claim is worth include:
Any property damage that occurred, such as totaling your car
Whether you missed wages from healing from your injuries
Whether you lost your job because you can no longer perform your daily responsibilities
Whether you can prove your quality of life decreased as a result of your injuries
Personal Injury FAQ
What Damages Are Available in a Personal Injury Case?
In the average personal injury case, the damages available to the claimant will include medical treatment costs, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering. All of these damage types can include both past and future harm, too.
For example, if you need years of medical rehabilitation to recover from a life-changing injury, then the defendant should pay for it. Pain and suffering damages are called non-economic because they don’t directly correlate to tangible, on-paper costs like a hospital bill. Non-economic damages can be calculated in several ways to fairly reflect what the claimant has endured.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Case?
You do not need a lawyer to work on a personal injury case. But any legal professional, including judges and court administrators, will all tell you that you should look into hiring a personal injury attorney if you aren’t one yourself. Liability law is nuanced and complicated.
Without the detailed knowledge of the law that a licensed attorney holds, you will be guessing at best as to what to do next. Such guesswork could jeopardize your case from the ground up, weakening your chances of getting any compensation for your injuries. Do you need a lawyer? No. Should you hire one? Yes.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
All personal injury cases are unique in the details that comprise them. As such, it is difficult to know if you have a legally sound case just from a quick glance. If you get hit by a drunk driver, you never know what they’ll be able to do in their defense, for example.
To know if you have a case worth pursuing, you should speak with our attorneys. We can discuss the key details of your claim during an initial consultation. By the end of it, we should be able to confidently tell you if your case is worth pursuing and what to do next if it is.
You deserve justice after being wrongfully harmed. Allow us to fight for your rights by calling an experienced personal injury lawyer in Dover today at (603) 742-5222. Same-day appointments available!
Personal Injury FAQ
How long do I have to file my personal injury claim?
It’s important for victims to know that they don’t have all the time in the world to file a personal injury lawsuit. The amount of time you have to file a claim depends on the state where the accident and injuries occurred. For example, New Hampshire’s statute of limitations is three years, meaning victims have three years from the date of injury to file a claim successfully. Hiring a personal injury attorney can be beneficial because they understand their state’s various laws, including those governing filing deadlines.
What should I say if an insurance adjuster calls me?
Shortly after an accident, you may receive a phone call from an insurance adjuster. While they may sound nice and say they simply want to understand what happened, insurance adjusters often try to coax certain statements from you so they can limit the amount of liability that falls on their insured. It’s important to get legal representation as soon as possible so your lawyer can handle these calls and you don’t have to risk saying something that may harm your case.
How is a wrongful death claim different from a personal injury claim?
Victims of accidents who survive can file personal injury claims, but when they die in their accidents or later pass away from their injuries, their surviving family members or those who were financially dependent on them can file wrongful death claims. Wrongful death claims can recover most of the damages that personal injury claims recover, including medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, but they can also recover some of the damages the family members incurred, including funeral and burial bills and loss of companionship.
What do I do after an accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, whether it’s a car crash or after slipping on a wet surface, your priority should be getting medical attention for your injuries—even if your injuries are minor or you’re not feeling any immediate pain. From there, we recommend documenting as much of your accident as possible, from taking photos of the property damage to gathering witness contact information, and then call our firm to get started on your case. We can begin investigating your accident quickly to ensure important evidence doesn’t disappear over time.
Do I have to pay to meet with an attorney first before I commit?
No. Our law firm offers free case evaluations to everyone in Dover and throughout New England—it costs you nothing to meet with us to learn more about how lawyers and so we can learn more about you and your case.