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If you have been injured anywhere in the State of Rhode Island, the first thing you should do is contact an established Smithfield personal injury lawyer to schedule a consultation regarding your potential claim. There is no up-front charge to meet with me, and I only get paid if you get paid. The bottom line: No win, no fee.
Here is the reality: If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, it is highly unlikely that you will be paid fairly for any lost wages, medical costs, or your pain and suffering. Even if they do offer you something for your injury, signing paperwork without legal advice from a Smithfield personal injury attorney will leave you left with a settlement that is far lower than what is fair or what you are truly entitled to in a court of law (if it would even need to go that far).
A Rhode Island personal injury lawyer works on your behalf to ensure that the other party or insurance company provides you with the compensation that you are entitled to.
I aggressively negotiate on behalf of each one of my clients so that they can have peace of mind throughout the healing process. Let me fight for what is rightfully yours.
Whether or not you have a viable personal injury case due to someone else’s negligence can only be reached after a careful analysis of the facts and applicable insurance coverage. The devil is in the details, so I want to work with you to examine every avenue of recovery. It is best to speak to one another directly to ensure that nothing is lost in translation.
Unfortunately there is no direct answer to this common question — every case has its own unique set of facts. Some cases may be settled faster while others may take longer. One thing you can count on is that I will make sure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to and that you are treated fairly throughout the process, no matter how long it may take. For a more thorough answer, please call me to discuss further.
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases differs from state to state. The Statute of limitations in Rhode Island is three years. It is important for me to gather evidence, speak to witnesses, and take a recorded statement before the insurance company sends out their investigator. The time to act is now. Don’t let the insurance carrier get the upper hand. Time is of the essence.
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency, which means the attorney will only be paid if the case is won. If I do not recover money for you, then it will not cost you anything.
Top-Rated Smithfield Personal Injury Lawyer
Do you need a Smithfield personal injury lawyer? If you have been injured as the result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation or a cash settlement. There is no cost to determine if you are eligible and it costs you nothing to file your personal injury lawsuit. Contact me today to learn how.
Smithfield, Rhode Island
Notably the home of Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island functions as an idyllic college town for the private school attendees. Historically, Smithfield was settled by British colonists who named their new farming community after Smithfield, London. For many years, Smithfield was part of Providence, but it was split off from the larger city in 1731. In the early 18th century, the area was home to a large Quaker community who were active in the abolition movement.
What Does a Smithfield
Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
- Negotiates on your behalf to maximize the amount of your settlement and ensures that the other party doesn’t trick you into accepting a settlement that is lower than what you are entitled to.
- Is ready to file suit and go to trial should the other side not want to play ball, and acts as the great equalizer to show the other side that you mean business and are prepared to fight.
- A personal injury lawyer ensures that at every step the rules of the court are followed, evidence is submitted correctly and on time, and your rights are being vigorously advanced.
Personal Injury Cases
Personal Injury Lawyer
Negligence is a legal concept that determines who is at fault in a personal injury lawsuit. Fault can be assigned either by the actions — or inaction — of the party responsible for the injuries.
“Duty of care” is another legal concept that is important to understand. In a nutshell, it is the responsibility one person has to maintain certain standards in order to avoid injuring another person.
So, when someone is said to have “breached their duty of care”, it simply means that under the circumstances surrounding the injury, the at-fault party had a reasonable expectation to adhere to a certain standard, and because that standard was not adhered to, another person was injured.
Gross negligence is like negligence on steroids. Rather than simply neglecting to maintain certain standards, someone who is guilty of gross negligence acted in a way that any reasonable person would know, or should have known, would be dangerous or unsafe.
Reckless conduct and intentional misconduct
Reckless conduct and intentional misconduct fall into this bucket and the short answer is that if you can prove your injuries were a result of the gross negligence of the other party, you are likely entitled to punitive damages — meaning your claim will be higher.
How do you prove negligence?
There are four main elements that you need to prove in order to move forward with a valid claim.
- Duty of care — The other party had a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner or to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to another person.
- Breach — The other party breached their duty of care because of their actions or inaction and this resulted in another person being injured.
- Causation — The injury occurred as a direct result of the other party and the injury could not, and would have not, occurred in any other way.
- Damages — The plaintiff was harmed physically, financially, and/or emotionally because of the actions of the defendant.
The two main ways that negligence is proven is through evidence and through testimony. Testimony is the recounting of facts from the defendant or witnesses, which can be obtained through witness affidavits and depositions of the defendant(s). Evidence can be obtained through medical and police reports, and any other items that aid in proving up your case. Obtaining all of the evidence you can is a critical first step in filing a personal injury claim.
If you are unsure of what steps to take, please give me a call now or schedule a free case evaluation.
Types of Injuries
Personal injury mainly focuses on injury of the body. Emotional or psychological injury can
be elements or the focus of a personal injury case, but overwhelmingly most cases are
brought for physical injury. If you have been injured, Louis W. Grande can help.
Personal Injury Lawyer Near You
If you typed “personal injury lawyer near me” into Google and are busy sifting through information site to site, there is no need to waste any more time. If you want an immediate answer and help with your claim, contact me today for a free strategy session.
The consultation is free, and if you have a valid personal injury claim I can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. I only get paid if I am successful.
And I don’t take on cases to lose.
If you want to win your personal injury claim, contact me today.
Louis is an amazing attorney! He fights hard to get you what you deserve and he doesn’t give in. You couldn’t ask for a better lawyer to represent your interests and I can’t recommend him enough!
AWARD WINNING INJURY LAWYER
Louis W. Grande is a top-rated, award-winning Smithfield personal injury lawyer that has helped clients throughout the state of Rhode Island for the last 30+ years recover millions in compensation for personal injury claims. Call today for a free case evaluation.
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