Unfortunately, serious personal injuries occur with more frequency than we would like—and the results can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. But often, there is a remedy. Boston personal injury lawyer Kevin M. Cloutier, founder of the Cloutier Law Firm, is dedicated to representing victims of the careless or reckless conduct of others. If you or someone close to you has been the victim of a personal injury accident in the Boston area, contact us to find out what your rights are, and whether you may be entitled to some form of restitution from the responsible party.Compensation for Your Injuries
At the Cloutier Law Firm, we can help personal injury clients to recover damages for their injuries. These payments may cover amounts including:
- Medical costs, including costs of future treatment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of income;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Disability or disfigurement;
- Loss of consortium;
- Cost of damages to property; and
- Any other available damages.
A large proportion of personal injury cases fall under the category of negligence. In a basic negligence case, in order to recover damages from another party, the party that is injured (the plaintiff) must prove the existence of the following four elements:
- The defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff;
- The defendant breached that duty;
- The breach caused an injury to the plaintiff; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a result.
While this formula may seem complicated, negligence cases are common and include injuries caused by careless behavior involving vehicle accidents, including car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. Other kinds of accidental or intentional injuries, such as those involving slip and fall accidents on someone else’s property, or negligent security leading to bar fights and other physical altercations, may also give rise to personal injury claims.
As a general rule, all people owe a duty of care to all others with whom they interact. For example, all motorists owe a duty of care to other users of the road to drive carefully, and business owners or operators owe a duty to customers to protect them from known risks of injury—and to do so responsibly and adequately. Thus, for example, a bar owner who hires a “bouncer” to handle any patrons who cause a disturbance may find himself liable if the bouncer injures a bar patron in the midst of breaking up a fight, even though he may have tried to do the right thing.
If a defendant breaches his or her duty of reasonable care, and the breach directly or proximately causes an injury to the plaintiff, the defendant will be liable for the consequent damages arising from the breach, whether minor or serious. Family members of victims who are killed as a result of another’s negligence may also be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.Dedicated Advocacy for Injured Victims
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious personal injury, the Cloutier Law Firm is prepared to evaluate the legal merits of any claim of negligence. Boston personal injury attorney Kevin M. Cloutier is committed to offering personalized and diligent service to all of his clients, and will explain all aspects of your case to you while pursuing the full compensation to which you may be entitled. We offer potential clients a free, no obligation consultation to determine whether the law provides a remedy for their injury. Call us at 617-327-3811 or contact us online today.