There are a number of types of personal injury claims, some common and some unique, ranging from slip and fall claims to product liability claims. Some of the different types of personal injury claims are:
Automobile Accidents • Personal Injury Protection
Motorcycle Accidents • Slip and Fall Accidents
Construction Accidents • Premises Liability • Children's Injuries
Product Liability • Burn Injuries • Wrongful Death Claims
Toxic Chemicals • Brain Injuries • Dog Bites
Libel and Slander • Nursing Home Abuse
Proving Personal Injury Claims
In order to prevail against the person or organization (defendant) that caused your injury, your personal injury attorney must prove the following by a preponderance of the evidence (or in other words, after all the evidence is weighed that the matter is more probably true than not):
- Duty: That the defendant owed a duty to you to exercise reasonable care. An example of duty of care is an owner of real estate owes a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances to those lawfully on their premises.
- Breach of Duty (Negligence): That the defendant breached its duty of care or, in other words, failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. This is known as Negligence. An example of breach of duty is an operator of a car rear-ending another car stopped at a red light.
- Damages: That you suffered injury or harm.
- Proximate Cause: That the defendant's negligence was a cause of your injury or harm.
Personal Injury Claims
If you are injured or harmed due to another person's or organization's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages for which you may receive compensation in a personal injury claim include:
- Physical pain and suffering including past, present and future pain and suffering which is proved with a reasonable medical probability.
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering (nervous shock, anxiety, embarrassment, depression, and/or mental anguish) including past, present and probable future mental and emotional pain and suffering.
- Permanent injuries including permanent scarring, disfigurement or loss of bodily function.
- Loss of enjoyment of life in the form of work, play or family life.
- Medical expenses incurred by the plaintiff as a result of his/her injuries including the reasonable sum for medical expenses that are reasonably to be expected in the future.
- Loss of earning capacity incurred as a result of the accident including any future probable loss of earning capacity.
- Aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
- Loss of consortium (relationship with family members) which may be pursued by a spouse, child or parent of a person injured in an accident.
You may also make a claim for any property damage you have sustained.
F. ROBERT ALLISON, ESQUIRE
F. Robert Allison began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases in courtrooms throughout Essex County.
Upon leaving the District Attorney's office, Mr. Allison worked as an associate in private practice where he focused on personal injury law and real estate.
Mr. Allison established his own practice in 1992 in Salem, Massachusetts where he continues to concentrate on personal injury law and real estate.
Over the years, Mr. Allison has successfully handled numerous personal injury claims including automobile claims, product liability claims, dog bite cases, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, construction accidents, burn injuries, slip and falls, wrongful death claims and toxic chemical claims.
Some of Mr. Allison's recent cases have included carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective boiler, severe ankle fracture from a slip and fall on a walkway covered by snow and ice, a severe nerve injury rendering our client incapable of working as a result of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident, a client undergoing back surgery as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, and an elderly lady sustaining a severe laceration to her leg requiring a skin graft after being struck by a dolly in a supermarket.
Mr. Allison is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Lynn for fifteen years.
He and his wife reside on the North Shore with their four children.
Mr. Allison is experienced, focused and prepared to represent clients with personal injury claims. He will fully investigate liability, contact appropriate insurance companies, obtain police reports, obtain medical records and bills, process any PIP claims, obtain lost wage information, retain investigators and experts (if necessary), help you with any issues you may have with getting your medical bills paid and obtaining compensation for loss wages to which you are entitled, while you are waiting for the final outcome of your claim, KEEP YOU INFORMED, send copies of correspondence to you, if a lawsuit is necessary, he will prosecute your claim aggressively, thoroughly and fairly, and, when the time is appropriate, work to obtain just and fair compensation for you.
While F. Robert Allison represents you:
- He will be fully informed, prepared and organized.
- He will communicate with you so you will know what is happening with your case and why.
- You will make any final decisions regarding the filing of a lawsuit and settlement.
- He will fully advise you as to the proper course of action.
- He will happily receive your telephone calls, and when he is not available when you call, he will return it as soon as he is able to.
Free Initial Consultation
F. Robert Allison offers a free initial consultation to all of his prospective clients. Depending on the circumstances, the free initial consultation may consist of a telephone conference and/or a meeting.
No Fee Unless Successful
In personal injury cases, attorneys are required to sign contingent fee agreements with their client which provide, in part, that the attorney's fee is contingent upon compensation to be paid for the recovery of damages and the client is not to be liable to pay compensation to the personal injury attorney otherwise than from amounts collected for him/her by the personal injury attorney.
F. Robert Allison will work on your case in a manner that will allow you to focus on your recovery rather than your claim.