Representing the Victims of Catastrophic Injury Throughout Rhode Island
A serious injury can have many short-term and long-term impacts on your life. You may be facing significant medical expenses, you may be unable to work, and your quality of life may be affected for years to come.
During such a trying time, it is natural to be afraid and anxious about what the future holds for you and your family. At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, the goal of our personal injury lawyers is to relieve the burdens of injured people and pursue the compensation you need to move on with your life.
No law firm goes as far as our team to understand the scope of damages in your case and determine who is responsible. No other law firm has the winning track record of million-dollar and multi-million-dollar results that we do, either.
For a free case evaluation, please call Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd at (401) 273-8330 today. Our personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout Rhode Island.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is the area of law dedicated to the rights of injured people. Specifically, personal injury attorneys act on behalf of injured clients to pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible for their injuries.
In most cases, personal injury claims seek recompense for acts of negligence. That is, a person, company, or other party failed to exercise the necessary care, resulting in injury to the claimant or plaintiff. However, in some cases personal injury lawsuits seek compensation for intentional acts, such as fraud and misconduct.
Personal injury is part of civil law. Therefore, if the case is decided in your favor, the defendant will not face criminal penalties such as jail time. Rather, they will be ordered to pay you a certain amount in damages. That said, someone who causes an injury can be both civilly and criminally liable depending on the circumstances.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
As personal injury lawyers, we represent clients in a wide variety of claims. Unlike other law firms, however, we won’t take on just any case. We concentrate our efforts on the areas where we know we can make the biggest difference for our clients.
The biggest portion of our work involves assisting clients who require the knowledge of specialized medical experts in order to successfully prove their case and recover damages for things like medical expenses that they will need in order to move on with their lives.
Some of the practice areas we handle through our Providence law office include:
Medical malpractice is a highly specialized area of law. To prevail in a claim against a doctor or other healthcare provider, you need a lawyer who has immense knowledge of the medicine behind your injuries, as well as experience with complex litigation in these cases.
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd handles medical malpractice claims involving:
- Birth Injury
- Pediatric Negligence
- Emergency Room Negligence
- Cancer Misdiagnosis & Inadequate Treatment
- Delays in Diagnosing Cancer
- Podiatrist Malpractice
- Cardiac Care & Cardiologist Malpractice
- Neurological & Neurosurgical Negligence
- Orthopedic Malpractice
- Surgical Errors
- Obstetrical Negligence
- Pharmacy & Pharmacist Negligence
Our law firm is the most experienced in Rhode Island at handling claims of medical negligence. We have earned significant recoveries on behalf of patients who were seriously injured or lost their lives due to malpractice.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of serious injury in Rhode Island and throughout the country. The more serious your accident injuries are, the more likely the insurance company is to dispute your claim or offer less than it is worth.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to work with an attorney who will delve into the nature of your injuries and present evidence of their severity.
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd has experience with personal injury claims resulting from crashes such as:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Airplane Crashes
After being in a motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may have suffered catastrophic injuries that require immediate treatment. Our personal injury lawyers will pursue compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
The overserving of alcohol in a commercial establishment can have serious and even deadly consequences. Under the dram shop law in Rhode Island, the vendor (a bar, restaurant, etc.) can be held liable for injuries caused by an intoxicated person in the event of a drunk driving accident, assault, or other incident.
Crime Victims Compensation
To most people, the principal penalty for criminal acts is being sentenced to prison. However, many crime victims are discovering that they can pursue personal injury claims against the perpetrator for compensation of their injuries.
Crime victims compensation cases may involve recovering damages sustained as a result of:
- Sexual Assaults Against Children
- Child Abuse
- Sexual Assault / Rape
- Lack of Security at Public Places
- Financial Crimes
- Cases Against Stalkers
Being the victim of a crime can turn your life upside down. It is important to understand that you have rights beyond pressing charges against the person responsible.
Product Liability Claims
Product defects are an increasingly common part of our lives. Recalls are regularly announced on a wide range of consumer products for a variety of hazards. Sometimes, however, manufacturers fail to issue a recall in time, resulting in serious injuries for the consumers who use their products.
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd represents injured consumers in product liability claims involving:
- Defective Motor Vehicles & Parts
- Pharmaceuticals, Pills, Medications, & Drugs
- Household Products
- Defective Sporting Equipment
- Industrial Machinery
- And More
Defective product claims often require extensive investigation in order to prove that negligence on the part of the manufacturer or another party resulted in your injuries. It is also important to have extensive records of your medical care connected to the injury or illness you have sustained.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Many law firms aggressively pursue all types of personal injury claims. At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, however, we choose to limit our practice to the cases where clients can fully benefit from our experience, knowledge, and results the most.
The focus of our personal injury practice is catastrophic injury.
A catastrophic injury typically results in long-term or permanent disability. Examples include:
- Traumatic brain injuries: A head injury may be open or closed. Damage to the brain may result in physical impairments as well as “executive dysfunction” affecting the emotions and cognitive abilities.
- Spinal cord injury: Trauma to the spinal cord can result in paralysis of the lower body (paraplegia) or paralysis of the upper and lower body (quadriplegia). Spinal injury often has lifelong impacts on mobility and bodily function.
- Severe burns: Third- and fourth-degree burns carry a high risk of infection. Even after the burns are treated and begin to heal, damage to the skin and tissue can result in lifelong pain and loss of mobility.
- Amputation: Although often treatable with a prosthesis, the traumatic loss of a limb can hinder everyday function. It may also limit the ability to make a living depending on the victim’s prior occupation and job training.
Victims of catastrophic injury face significant medical expenses and costs for ongoing care. They are often unable to work or face significant restrictions in their ability to do the job they had before the injury. They may also experience a decline in their quality and enjoyment of life, including negative effects on their relationships with family members, activities they love, and more.
How Does a Personal Injury Claim Work?
The process will begin when you come to our office for a free case evaluation. We encourage you to bring as much documentation about your injury as you can. This may include:
- Medical Records
- Bills for Current Medical Expenses
- Police Accident Reports
- Witness Information
- Accident Scene Pictures
- Documentation of Loss of Work (i.e., communications with your employer, disability benefits applications, etc.)
Anything at all that gives us more information about exactly what happened at the accident and what has happened to you as a result of the accident will help. We’ll go over all of the details, give you an honest case evaluation, and discuss what we think we can do to help you.
Our job, as we see it, is to take care of all of the legal “red tape” and allow you to have the rest and peace of mind you need to restore your well-being. You’ll make all of the final decisions when it comes to which way we go at each fork in the road, but we’ll take care of all the details: dealing with insurance companies, arguing with property owners, and, most of all, dealing with the defendant’s legal team – no matter how big or small they may be.
We will negotiate the best settlement we can possibly get for you, or take your case all the way to trial, present the evidence, and let a jury decide. No other personal injury law firm invests the time, effort, and diligence that we do in preparing each personal injury claim. Therefore, if your case goes to trial, we will be ready to present the best case possible on your behalf.
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd has more winning results and more large trial results ($1 million-plus and $10 million-plus) in personal injury cases than any other law firm in the history of Rhode Island.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is not just about getting fair compensation for your injuries from the person or company that has caused you harm. The reason we file personal injury claims is to recover damages that are deserved because of neglect, wrongdoing, or negligence on the part of the defendant.
When you are injured because someone else neglected their responsibilities, they become liable for the damages and medical expenses that you incur because of those injuries. You may incur all sorts of costs as a result of medical treatments, surgeries, prescription drugs, physical therapy, loss of wages, and more.
When someone else is responsible for these losses, you and your family should not be left alone to deal with the consequences. Under Rhode Island law, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against any person, business, or entity that you feel may have caused you harm through negligence.
It is especially important to contact a personal injury attorney in instances of catastrophic injury.
Catastrophic injury claims frequently involve significantly higher damages than other injury cases. The medicine behind these injuries is also more complex, requiring more detailed evidence and expert testimony to make a compelling case. Litigation in these cases is often more difficult because insurance companies aggressively dispute both liability and the amount of compensation they are willing to pay.
For all of these reasons, it is crucial to choose a personal injury lawyer with the experience to handle the complexity of your claim effectively and achieve a favorable recovery in your case.
Personal Injury Law FAQ
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally, personal injury lawsuits in Rhode Island must be filed within 3 years. This is known as the statute of limitations. Although the court may make an exception if you can present compelling evidence that a delay in filing your claim was excusable (ex: injuries resulting from medical negligence did not become apparent within 3 years), it is always in your best interest to pursue your claim within the statute of limitations.
Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
In our experience, clients in personal injury cases tend to be confused, scared, and overwhelmed. They are reeling from the effects of their injury and the complicated path to recovery. Pursuing a personal injury claim against those responsible might just seem like another burden in a difficult time, but the right lawyer will help ease your troubles.
Personal injury litigation is often complicated. Although some cases may be resolved without legal assistance, these matters tend to involve fairly minor injuries and minimal damages. In complex cases involving catastrophic injuries, hiring a personal injury attorney is essential for recovering the compensation you deserve.
What Is Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?
In addition to economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for non-economic damages. One of the most prominent examples of non-economic damages is pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering damages entail the physical pain and mental and emotional trauma you experience as a result of your injuries. It is difficult to put a dollar value on these damages without thorough investigation of your case.
Our personal injury lawyers will thoroughly evaluate the medical evidence in your case to determine the long-term effects of catastrophic injuries. We will also enlist expert witnesses who can testify to your pain and suffering.
What If I Was Partially At Fault for My Injuries?
In some cases the at-fault party may not be totally responsible for the resulting injuries. However, even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages. Rhode Island law limits your recovery by the proportion of fault you are determined to have.
What Makes a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?
The right personal injury attorney for your case should:
- Have a history of winning cases like yours
- Have the experience to litigate your personal injury claim effectively
- Have a reputation for taking cases to court
- Have the resources to investigate your case thoroughly, enlist the appropriate experts, etc.
- Work hard on your behalf to attain the compensation you deserve
- Listen compassionately to your situation
- Be able to devote the necessary time and effort to resolving your personal injury claim
- Be involved in the local community – community involvement signals that the firm cares about doing good outside of the courtroom
- Communicate with you honestly at all times
- Be capable of relieving the burdens you are facing
It is also important for the personal injury lawyer or law firm you are considering to have a positive reputation with past clients. Read reviews and testimonials to get a sense of the client experience and what to expect.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers Today
At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd when someone decides to hire us as their legal representation, we put the full weight and knowledge of our team behind them. We will fight to protect your rights and fight for the full and fair compensation that you deserve for the injuries you or your loved one has sustained.
Our personal injury attorneys have been representing clients throughout Rhode Island for more than 40 years. Please call Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd at (401) 273-8330 today for a free case evaluation.