Litigation and Personal Injury
The attorneys of Miller Scott & Holbrook represent people who suffer physical or emotional injuries as a result of automobile accidents, work accidents, or injuries caused by the negligence of a person or business.
If you or someone close to you is hurt in a motor vehicle accident, call Miller Scott & Holbrook to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You may have a right to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, or damage to your vehicle. We have successfully represented people injured in many kinds of traffic accidents, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle and moped operators.
An accident that happens at work may result in a Worker's Compensation claim. Know your legal rights regarding work-related injuries, from sprains to broken bones. You are entitled to compensation until you are able to work again.
- Animal bites and injuries
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries in the home as a result of faulty appliances and other products
- Injuries caused by negligence in the construction or furnishings
of a building
What should you do if you believe your injury was caused by the negligence of a person or business? Always consult an attorney before negotiating with insurance claims specialists, to fully understand your legal rights. Many people settle for less than they are entitled because they represent themselves, believing that they will have to pay legal fees for consulting with an attorney. However, at Miller Scott & Holbrook, your first consultation is free, and most negligence cases are handled by the firm on a contingent-fee basis. This means that the attorney's fee is paid from the judgment collected from the one who caused the injury, not from the client.
Rhode Island has a "comparative negligence" doctrine. This means that any fault on the part of one person in an accident will proportionately reduce the amount of money that person can recover in a lawsuit. Thus, even if you were partially at fault in causing an accident, you may still have a valid claim. For example, if both drivers in a two-vehicle accident are equally at fault, each may recover 50% of the total damages.
When do you need an attorney?
You should get legal advice as soon as possible after the accident, preferably on the next business day. An attorney can help you decide whether it would be better for you to handle a claim by yourself or to have professional help in handling questions of fault and liability.
An attorney can be particularly helpful if:
- You do not have insurance.
- You receive a traffic citation or criminal charge in connection with the accident.
- You disagree with your insurance company about the extent of your responsibility or the cause of an accident.
- Your insurance company advises you that your coverage may not be enough to cover the damages claimed against you.
- There is a question about how serious your injuries are.
- Your insurance company makes an offer to settle the case for less money than your injuries deserve.