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Injury Attorneys Serving Worcester Massachusetts and Surrounding Communities

Often, after a serious injury occurs, insurance companies get right to work, with a goal of limiting any money they pay the victim. Companies may look to get admissions of fault from injured people, blame the victim, and build a defense that may save the company millions down the road. If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. The personal injury attorneys at Mirick O’Connell provide an unparalleled level of client service to seriously injured people. Our injury attorneys are regularly honored for their service to injured people, and have been consistently named New England Super Lawyers, a rare honor given to only a small percentage of lawyers.

Car Accidents and Motor Vehicle Collisions

The personal injury lawyers at Mirick O’Connell are highly skilled at spotting the legal issues in any car accident involving serious injuries. A frequent problem in car accident cases is that a person may be seriously injured, but the driver may only have a limited amount of insurance available. Our lawyers know where to look to make sure they find every dollar in insurance coverage. We will look to whether the driver was distracted, consumed alcohol at a bar or home, or was speeding. If you are in an accident and fault seems clear, we will still examine fully the way an accident happened and make every effort to find additional insurance coverage.

A person in a motor vehicle accident may be entitled to money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Personal injury attorneys like the ones at Mirick O’Connell put our decades of experience to use in ensuring that our clients recover for each of these things. Even if a victim has some fault for a car accident, that person may still be entitled to compensation. Massachusetts uses a system known as “modified comparative negligence” in determining how much a case is worth. For example, if an injured person is 40% at fault for an accident, that person may still recover money. The amount a victim may recover is simply reduced by 40% in that situation. A victim will not be able to recover if their fault exceeds 50%.

Truck Accidents

Often, people think of car and truck accidents as being the same type of legal case. Sure, both types of accidents happen on the roads while the victim is in a car, but that is where the similarities end. Truck accident cases can be very complex, and it is critical to contact an experienced truck accident attorney if you are injured in a truck accident. Attorney Ted Bassett has made truck accidents a major part of his practice for over 30 years, is frequently asked to lecture around the country on truck accident safety and litigation, and has accumulated record-setting settlements in trucking cases.

After you contact the truck accident lawyers at Mirick O’Connell, we will immediately look into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that regulate commercial trucking operation. We then aggressively pursue evidence that trucking companies often try to hide, including black boxes, onboard computer logs, inspection records, and compliance audits. In addition to the evidence we collect, experienced trucking attorneys are also keenly aware of the driving requirements that are specific to truck drivers, including speed, following distance, and safe lane change regulations.

Wrongful Death

Tragically, some accidents are so serious that they involve a loss of life. In those situations, a family member of the deceased may be appointed Person Representative, Administrator, or Executor of the estate, and bring a wrongful death lawsuit on that person’s behalf. Often, district attorneys will charge the wrongdoer criminally, but regardless of whether that person is convicted, there may be a separate civil case. A criminal conviction will be helpful on the civil case, but we may still be able to bring a wrongful death civil case even if a person is acquitted in the criminal case.

Wrongful death cases can be very complicated, and wrongful death attorneys need to be intricately familiar with the Massachusetts Wrongful Death Statute. That law provides that a victim may be entitled to payment of medical bills, funeral expenses, and conscious pain and suffering. If the Defendant acted recklessly, a victim may be entitled to punitive damages, which are in place to deter future reckless conduct.

Construction Site Accidents

While we all support the construction that allows our communities to grow, a construction site can be a highly dangerous place if contractors do not take proper safety precautions. If a person is injured on a construction site, there are a number of questions that need to be answered right away. Who employed the injured person? Who was the general contractor? Are there subcontractors on the job? Are there equipment suppliers that may be at fault? An experienced construction lawyer must answer these- and many more- questions to determine the best way forward on a construction site accident. Massachusetts law rightly imposes strict regulations on general contractors who run construction sites, and injured workers will often have a claim against the General.

Product Liability

We use a countless number of products every day, and often we take for granted that these products will be safe. Whether it is the cars we drive, the food we eat, or the machines we use, we simply assume that products will work as intended. All too often, however, products fail, and when they do, the results can be catastrophic. When you come see the product liability attorneys at Mirick O’Connell, we will first consult with an expert to determine whether we can prove that the product that caused your injury was defective. This investigation will be the key to moving forward, and building the strongest case possible. Our decades of experience in product liability cases has given us access to the best experts in their fields, which we have found is the key to achieving the best results.

Client Reviews
Several things stand out to me about Tom, but the most important thing to me was how quickly and professionally he responded to all my needs and his kindness and empathy to my situation. D. B.
Just want to express my personal thanks to Tom Flaws for his professional handling of my difficult case when I fell six years ago. He never gave up the fight to prove that it wasn't my fault. He helped me settle my case out of court fairly. Many, many thanks. A. D.
When I was in a car accident, I wanted an attorney who understood what my injuries meant to my health, my career, and my family. I called Mirick O'Connell because they are reputable and knowledgeable. Attorney Bassett listened to my concerns and guided me through the process. I was able to re-coup my losses due to my injuries. I would highly recommend Mirick O'Connell to anyone involved in a law suit. K. B.