What do I need to know about hiring a personal injury attorney?

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I was involved in a car accident on a residential street in Northborough.   A truck blew through an stop light and crashed into my car in the intersection and I was pretty seriously injured.  I know I need to hire a personal injury attorney but I’m feeling confused.  What should I know before hiring a lawyer and what’s the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim?


The statute of limitations in Massachusetts for filing a personal injury lawsuit arising out of a motor vehicle accident generally is three years.  Some of the important factors you should look at when deciding upon an attorney to represent you are:  (1) If the attorney is willing to take your case on a contingent fee basis, has he or she presented you with a written fee agreement that explains clearly the legal services, the fee for those services, the manner of how the fee is calculated, and whether you are responsible for any fees or expenses if your claim is unsuccessful; (2) The attorney should be able to answer any questions you have concerning your no-fault or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits and the claims process;  (3) The attorney should be able to discuss the factors that will go into arriving at a settlement demand, but should not be making any guarantee at this early stage of your claim;  (4) The experience the attorney has concerning handling accident claims; and (5) Whether the attorney does his or her own litigation or typically refers cases to another attorney to litigate.  You have significant rights after an accident, and you should contact an attorney for help as soon after the accident as you are able to avoid any delay that could harm your case.  

Northborough Auto Accident Attorneys at Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, PC represents clients in car accidents and personal injury claims throughout Worcester County and Central Mass including the communities of Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, Leominster, Fitchburg, Clinton, Auburn, Oxford, Spencer, Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Ware, Worcester, Millbury, Grafton, Rutland, Sutton, Webster, Sterling, Lancaster, West Boylston, Leicester, Hudson, Charlton, Southbridge, Bolton, Barre, Hubbardston, Sturbridge, Brimfield, Princeton, Gardner, Milford, Uxbridge, Upton, Lunenberg, Ashburnham, Northbridge, Ashby, Harvard, Westminster, Winchendon, Dudley, Brookfield.

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