The attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates recently helped a Pawtucket, RI man obtained $37,500 after being injured when another car negligently turned left onto the road the client was driving and collided head-on into his car, leaving him with alleged permanent injuries. He was immediately brought to outpatient care after the accident, where doctors diagnosed his lower back pain as lumbago, but after complaining of worsening back pain, sometime later, his doctors determined he had “lumber sprain.” As time went on, according to the complaint, the man subsequently began to allegedly complain of more pain that had spread to his knees and indicated that he suffered numbness in both his hands.
After several months of physical therapy, his pain and difficulty in moving did not subside. Seven months after the accident, doctors determined that he suffered a partial permanent injury. Looking for help, the Pawtucket man contacted the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates. With the assistance of Attorney Robin Gouveia, the man was able to obtain a settlement of $37,500 and did not charge him a fee until the case was settled.
Attorney d’Oliveira stated, “Both Attorney Robin Gouveia and I felt this case was worth a lot more money, however the client was in financial straits and needed to get the case settled right away. I have unfortunately seen this happen too many times over the years and it is unfortunate. The insurance companies often will delay making a good offer on a case hoping the client will need the money. In this economy, we see this from time to time and it is an unfortunate situation.”
This case highlights an important aspect of personal injury and auto-accidents: the discovery of new injuries or receiving an incomplete initial diagnosis. Here, the client had to make consistent trips to the doctor over the course of seven months where new conditions were seen and more and more treatment options were attempted. It is important when bringing a claim for an injury or accident that you are aware of the full extent of your injuries. However, although it may take a long time for doctors to properly diagnose your severe injury, States only allow claims to be brought within a certain time period. Because the Statute of Limitations is running from either the time of the injury or potentially from the time an injury is discovered (depending on the jurisdiction), it is important to bring a claim for your injuries soon. Because the process of determining liability and actually confronting the other parties and their insurance companies about the damages you are due, it is crucial to contact an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you navigate the complex process and not burden you while you are recovering from your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an car accident, the attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation. d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug, defective medical product and medical malpractice cases.
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