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If I have suffered a traumatic brain injury, should my family or I contact an attorney as soon as possible?
Yes. It is very important that a personal injury lawyer specializing in head injury be contacted as soon as possible as often the circumstances of an accident or injury must be investigated promptly or valuable evidence is forever lost. While the injured individual and family are naturally consumed with medical and other concerns, it is important that attention be directed to retaining a brain injury attorney as soon as possible before valuable evidence is lost or witnesses are no longer available. It is helpful to work with a personal injury lawyer within a reasonable distance to your home if possible. Our firm is based in Faneuil Hall in Boston and we serve clients in Cambridge, Somerville and throughout Massachusetts.
It is appropriate to consult an attorney in many situations where a traumatic brain injury has been sustained, not only in those cases where it is obvious that there will be a legal action, such as a motor vehicle accident. There are many circumstances in which the public may not be aware that they have legal rights, but a competent personal injury attorney with specialization in brain injury like David Dwork can investigate the facts and determine whether or not the individual has rights to compensation.
For example, brain injuries related to violence, slip and falls, work, sports, or negligent medical treatment may all give rise to claims for compensation. Further, depending on the extent of injury, the individual may have a right to public or private benefits including social security disability benefits, Medicare, private health insurance or private disability insurance payments. That is why it is important that an attorney be consulted as soon as possible even in circumstances where it may not first appear that there is a claim or where the injury was solely an “accident”.
Yes. While all attorneys must pass certain minimum standards to practice law and be licensed by the state of Massachusetts, there are vast differences between attorneys in terms of their areas of practice, level of experience and the types of cases they handle. Brain injury cases are unique and one should consider finding a personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced and concentrates his practice in handling traumatic brain injury cases, in the same way that one would want to find a doctor experienced in these injuries before seeking treatment.
Absolutely. The old saying “an educated consumer is the best consumer” is absolutely true. You are the consumer and have every right to know the degree of your lawyer’s experience in handling cases such as yours. It is perfectly appropriate to ask to see information regarding the lawyer’s professional background, the number of cases that the attorney has handled dealing with head injuries, the lawyer’s experience in trying such cases and other matters concerning the lawyer’s professional background and experience.
No. Attorney David Dwork, like most lawyers who handle such cases, consult with a prospective client for no charge. If it is determined that there is a case that can be pursued on the individual’s behalf, then the brain injury lawyer and the client will enter into a contingent fee agreement which will provide that the attorney will only get paid if you recover (the “contingency”) and then the method of payment is that the attorney gets a percentage of what you recover. If you lose, the attorney does not get paid for his or her time. This agreement will be in writing and will spell out any other terms of the engagement.
Yes. To successfully pursue a claim involving traumatic brain injury, the lawyer will generally have to involve a number of experts who charge for their time. Accordingly, neuropsychologists, neurologists, accident reconstructionists, economists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, life-care planners and other professionals may be retained in the pursuit of your case. The cost of these professionals will generally be advanced by the law firm. The law firm will then be reimbursed for these expenses from any recovery obtained on your case. However, you should discuss these costs and other expenses with the attorney because generally these expenses will remain the client’s responsibility.
Yes. Although the lawyer may be primarily retained to pursue a claim on your behalf, for example, arising out of a car accident, the lawyer should be knowledgeable about other private and public benefits to which you might be entitled including social security disability, Medicare, private disability insurance, health insurance and other programs. David Dwork is knowledgeable in these areas and are prepared to assist you in pursuing your right to any other benefits to which you might be entitled.
If I recover, should I expect my lawyer to assist me in preserving and protecting my settlement proceeds, assist me in maintaining public or private benefits and generally concern himself with my financial well-being after a settlement has been reached?
Yes. A knowledgeable and capable attorney will not just settle a client’s case without considering and making appropriate provision for the ability of the client to manage what may be a large sum of money, address the need for a possible guardian, the need for a possible settlement trust or other legal vehicle to preserve eligibility requirements for public or private benefits, the need for long-term financial planning and the possibility of a structured settlement or other vehicles designed to protect the client’s interests.
Yes. Until you are satisfied that attorney David Dwork can assist you and you have decided to retain him to pursue your case and a written fee agreement is entered into, you are under no obligation. It is always the client’s choice who to retain and keep as their attorney and there is no charge or obligation to talk with us. We are pleased to talk with you and to answer any questions. We are located in Faneuil Hall in Boston and serve clients from Quincy and Cambridge and throughout all of Massachusetts. You are under no obligation whatsoever. It is the client who controls when and whom they hire to represent them.