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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Rhode Island is three years from the date of your accident. This means you have up to three years to file a claim or lawsuit for your personal injury case. While this may seem like plenty of time, it's best to get started on your claim as soon as possible. Legal proceedings can take time, so don't wait until the last minute to file a claim.
Each accident is different, so it's difficult to determine a common settlement amount for a personal injury case. Several factors determine your compensation, such as the severity of your injuries, lost wages, and the emotional suffering you endured. Generally, large settlement amounts mean that the claimant suffered devastating injuries or is now disabled due to the accident.
Even if you're the victim in your case, you must work with a lawyer. Insurance companies like to pay claimants as little as possible for their cases. It's likely that they will either deny your claim or try to pin the blame on you so they don't have to pay. Working with a Wakefield personal injury attorney gives you a better chance of winning the compensation you deserve.
Top-Rated Wakefield Personal Injury Lawyer
Have you been injured in an accident near Wakefield, RI? Was the accident caused by another person's negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation or a cash settlement. Going through the personal injury claims process can be complicated and time-consuming. That's why you need an experienced and reliable RI personal injury attorney to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Don't let the insurance company pressure you into accepting a low settlement amount. Instead, contact a Wakefield personal injury lawyer. 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.
Wakefield, Rhode Island
As a village within South Kingstown, Wakefield serves as the commercial center for the region. This current-day tie to commerce hints at its historical significance as well. Located on the Saugatucket River and along the well-traveled Post Road, Wakefield historically had an advantage regarding trade. By the late 18th century, the town boasted a mill, tavern, and stagecoach stop. The textile mill would define much of Wakefield's growth over the years, and today the village is a site driven by seasonal tourism.
What Does a Wakefield
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.
- Represents you in court and goes 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.
- Ensures that at every step of the way, the court's rules are followed, evidence is submitted correctly and on time, and your rights are 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 that one person has to maintain certain standards 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. Because that standard was not adhered to, another person was injured.
Gross negligence is like negligence, only way worse. Rather than simply neglecting to maintain certain standards, someone guilty of gross negligence acted in a way that any reasonable person would know, or should have known, would be dangerous or unsafe.
An example of this is driving while under the influence.
Reckless Conduct and Intentional Misconduct
Reckless conduct and intentional misconduct fall into the bucket of negligence. The short answer is that if you can prove your injuries were a result of the other party's gross negligence, 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 obligation 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, resulting in another person being injured.
- Causation — The injury occurred directly from the other party, and it could not, and would not have, occurred in any other way.
- Damages — The plaintiff was harmed physically, financially, and/or emotionally because of the defendant's actions.
The two main ways that negligence is proven are through evidence and 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 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 or schedule a free case evaluation.
Types of Injuries
Personal injury mainly focuses on the 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.
- Whiplash & neck injuries
- Organ failure
- Dog bite
- Back injury
- Herniated discs
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Slip & fall
- Visual impairment
- Severed limbs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe lacerations
- Abdominal injuries
- Skull fractures
Wakefield Personal Injury Lawyers Near You
If you've found this page, you're likely in need of a RI personal injury lawyer who can help you earn fair compensation for your case. The good news is that your search can end now. I will look at your case and help you with your next steps. If you want to start your claim, call me today for a free consultation. I can tell you whether you qualify for a claim, and we can devise a strategy to move forward with your case.
You deserve compensation to cover the damages sustained from your accident. I can help you achieve a favorable case outcome so you can recover in peace. You can rely on me.
Remember: the consultation is free. If you have a valid personal injury claim, you won't pay unless you win, and my fee is a percentage of your settlement amount. So you won't have to pay any out-of-pocket costs to work with me.
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!
– Steve H.
AWARD WINNING INJURY LAWYER
Louis W. Grande is a top-rated, award-winning Wakefield 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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