Personal Injury Law FAQs

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Massachusetts provides three years for you to file a claim for personal injury.

Is it expensive to hire a lawyer?
We work on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay legal fees unless we win the case for you. For our business litigation clients, we can determine payment based on your specific case.

How do I file a personal injury claim?
After you contact Steven H. Schafer & Associates [mailto: sschafer@schaferlaw.com] we typically set up a meeting to hear your story and learn about the facts of your case. If the case makes economic sense, you receive our personal commitment to the justice you deserve.

How do I know if my injury or loss was due to negligence?
Negligence is determined by Massachusetts civil law as it relates to the specific circumstances of your injury. Let Steven H. Schafer & Associates help you build your case.

What are damages in personal injury cases?
When you win a personal injury case, Massachusetts allows you to recover different types of damages—both financial and emotional:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future earnings due to injury
  • Expenses related to care while tending your injury
  • Pain and suffering, including anxiety and depression
  • Funeral expenses in wrongful death cases
  • Survivors’ loss of companionship in wrongful death cases

Your specific damages will depend on the nature of your injury. Let us help you determine what you can expect to recover in a personal injury case.

How long does the legal process take?
Personal injury lawsuits can take three or four years in trial. Many cases settle before trial, which means both sides come to an agreement about liability and the extent of damages that the plaintiff may recover.

Are there any risks in filing a personal injury claim?
Proving liability in personal injury claims can be emotional and challenging. The rewards for winning your case—both moral and financial—make filing a claim worth it for most people.