Massachusetts products liability law focuses on the analysis of defective products, machinery or substances and the injuries that these products cause. A products liability claim can arise from an injury which results from a product as common as a household appliance or one as complex as a multi-million-dollar printing machine. Our lawyers are involved in the complete preparation of claims, from evaluation of Massachusetts law and the facts of the claim, to the hiring of experts, to settlement, or, if necessary, trial. The attorneys of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley handle cases in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
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First and foremost, you should call the police immediately. Obviously, if you or a passenger have sustained personal injury, obtain emergency medical assistance. You must report a hit and run accident to your own insurance company within 24 hours in order to preserve your right to coverage.
A lien is the legal right to repayment. Liens are established in motor vehicle cases in a few different ways. First, some medical providers establish liens to protect their right to the payment of outstanding medical bills from the settlement of a personal injury case. Second, personal health insurance companies establish liens to allow them to be reimbursed for any payments made for medical treatment in a motor vehicle accident case. Third, certain public benefits paid to motor vehicle accident victims may be recovered through liens. In all cases, Massachusetts law establishes procedures and rights of lien holders. If applicable, a lien reduces the amount of damages an accident victim receives.
In this set of circumstances, your work related injuries are compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. At the same time, you may have a right against a negligent motor vehicle operator as well. The interrelationship between a workers' compensation case and a personal injury claim is always complicated. You must be careful, as you will be dealing with at least two different insurance companies and their claims personnel. As has been said, you shouldn't go it alone.