WAKEFIELD PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
MARASCO & NESSELBUSH –
Jury verdict for a client whose lifelong disabilities were caused by medical negligence.
Awarded to a client who sustained serious injuries in a rollover crash caused by a distracted driver.
Recovered for the estate of a woman who passed as a result of surgical negligence.
Recovered for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash.
ABOUT OUR WAKEFIELD OFFICE
For nearly twenty years, Marasco and Nesselbush has maintained an office in Wakefield to provide trusted legal care to our local clients. Although our primary location is on Westminster Street in Providence, we know that many of our South County friends do not wish to travel “north of the tower.” Our Wakefield office is located on Old Tower Road just off Tower Hill Road. Because one of our firm partners and other members of our team live in South County, we know how important it is for you to have the resources of a prominent firm here in your backyard. Clients in and around Wakefield receive convenient, personal attention with the strength, expertise, experience, and resources of a distinguished Providence-based firm. We also have three other offices to serve residents in neighboring areas: Providence, Woonsocket and Warwick.
SOUTH COUNTY COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
In addition to helping clients resolve their legal issues and recover from an injury, our team members are deeply committed to the communities where we live and work. In Wakefield, we have been able to provide legal care to so many of our neighbors and friends that we’ve come to know through local institutions like the South County YMCA, Narragansett and North Kingstown Schools, The Prout School, Monsignor Clarke School, and local Little Leagues. We’ve also had the privilege of working with residents we know through other affiliations, such as the Narragansett Lions Club and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church.
WHAT DOES A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN WAKEFIELD DO?
A Wakefield personal injury lawyer acts in your best interest to negotiate a settlement or prevail in court to get you the compensation you deserve. When you’ve had an accident or suffered an injury, you should expect a personal injury lawyer in Wakefield to support you in all aspects of a case.
Offer legal advice and answer questions
Your attorney will listen closely to you and answer all the questions you have about your personal injury case. It’s important for you to feel heard and to gain clarity about your case through an attorney’s answers. Based on their experience and skills they will offer you legal advice about your specific matter.
Evaluate and assess injuries, losses, and damages
An essential role of a personal injury attorney is to evaluate and assess your injuries and losses to develop the best case for you. Another critical skill is determining the value of the damages you will demand. Assessment of damages involves not only medical bills for injuries but also emotional distress and lost wages. Our firm has successfully estimated and secured significant damages for many clients.
Collect evidence and relevant case law or statutes to support your claim
One of the most fundamental skills an attorney representing you must possess is the ability to collect evidence to support your case. They also must have the capacity to identify and analyze relevant case law and statutes specific to Wakefield, Rhode Island, that can make or break a case.
With our team’s rigorous review of medical records and an expert opinion in a wrongful death case, we were able to establish that the surgeon had direct evidence of an intra-surgical injury yet failed to effectively evaluate and treat the patient for many hours. This evidence was essential to the $5.1 million dollar settlement.
In proving your case, an attorney will interview witnesses to your accident or injury. Here, they must possess the ability to identify all witnesses that might shed light on what happened to you. To glean relevant information an attorney needs well-developed interview skills and the ability to make a witness feel comfortable in a legal setting. No stone can go unturned.
Personal injury cases often involve complex issues that require an expert to assist jurors in understanding medical standards of care or complicated technical information. Attorneys must have the ability to identify and hire the right expert for each case. An expert we hired proved critical in securing a family a $1.5 million settlement from a Rhode Island hospital after the sad death of their son from an undiagnosed brain injury.
Negotiate with the insurance companies
Personal injury cases always require a lawyer to relentlessly negotiate with insurance companies to get the maximum payout for clients. Our attorneys secured a $6.2 million dollar client recovery in a distracted driver case. The insurance companies agreed to pay the policy maximum and the defendant paid the remainder.
File your lawsuit and any additional legal documents
You’ll want a lawyer who is familiar with state and local Wakefield court rules. Courts all have their own specific rules and deadlines for filing complaints, motions, amendments, and conducting depositions and discovery. Failure to comply can have a negative impact on case outcomes.
MEET OUR AWARD- WINNING LEGAL TEAM
Our award-winning team of fourteen attorneys has more than three hundred years of combined experience advocating for clients who have suffered life-altering injuries.
TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES IN WAKEFIELD
Our personal injury practice seeks justice for victims who have sustained a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligent actions. If you have suffered a significant injury in any of these personal injury case types, you need a skilled Wakefield, Rhode Island personal injury attorney with the integrity and experience to protect your rights.
CAR ACCIDENTS: MOST DANGEROUS STREETS IN WAKEFIELD
Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are a primary source of personal injury claims in Wakefield and Rhode Island overall. In 2019, South Kingstown had 1,091 car accidents, with 212 injuries and 2 fatalities. In 2019 statewide deaths by crash totaled 57, with 11 being motorcycle roadway deaths.
The bulk of accidents in South Kingstown happen on several specific streets. The streets with the highest number of accidents in 2019 include:
- Kingstown Rd – 232 (runs through South Kingstown / Wakefield)
- Tower Hill Rd – 155
- Main St. – 88 (Central Wakefield)
- Commodore Perry Highway – 79 (runs through South Kingstown / Wakefield)
- Old Tower Hill Rd. – 68 (Central Wakefield)
- Mooresfield – 60
- Kenyon Ave. – 18 (Central Wakefield)
- High St. – 17 (Central Wakefield)
There were 2 fatal crashes in South Kingstown in 2019 — one on Commodore Perry Highway and the other on Usquepaugh Road, where 6 accidents had occurred.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
WAKEFIELD HOSPITAL FOR IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you suffer an injury in an accident, you should immediately seek medical care to document any injuries. Getting excellent emergency medical care for a significant injury is important for any personal injury case you may pursue. For non-emergency situations, a visit to your primary physician as soon as possible is sufficient. Of course, in dire situations you should call 911 for emergency help.
South County Hospital. Wakefield’s hospital for medical attention after an accident is South County Hospital. The hospital is located at 100 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield, RI 02879.
THE BEST TIME TO FILE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH A LAWYER
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have sought medical care. This is the best approach because it gives your lawyer the opportunity to identify and gather key evidence right away after the injury. This is especially important for finding witnesses before they leave the area and to gather evidence before it decays or is interfered with in any way. Your personal injury lawyer may want to take photos of the crash scene without delay or interview witnesses using video.
Statutes of limitation also make it important to contact a lawyer early on. Under Rhode Island Statutes of Limitations law, civil claims for personal injuries and medical malpractice, for example, must be filed within three years. Be sure to give yourself and your attorney ample time to evaluate and file a claim.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT IN WAKEFIELD
First, get medical care so you have a physician’s documentation of your injuries. If you can, take photos or a video of the incident aftermath and crash site, and get the names and contact information for any witnesses.
Under Rhode Island law, it is okay to not call the police if the accident is minor and the motorists exchange contact information and file an accident report as soon as possible. For more serious accidents with injuries, you should call the police.
The investigating Wakefield police officers will file a crash report, and you should file a police report. Get a copy of your Wakefield crash report here.
It’s especially beneficial to reach out to a personal injury lawyer following an accident if:
- You suffered severe or permanent injuries
- Your medical and other expenses stemming from the accident are high and continue to grow
- You experienced a significant loss of income due to your injuries
- The opposing side is disputing liability
- The insurance company is refusing to pay or paying out significantly less than the claim’s worth
HOW MUCH ARE PERSONAL INJURY CASES WORTH?
Every case is unique, and the specific circumstances will determine how much you can recover for your personal injury case. Based on our experience in recovering $100+ million for clients who suffered life-altering injuries, our attorneys will help you evaluate your case worth.
Our clients have received compensation for:
- Present and future accident-related medical costs, including emergency services, medical bills, hospital stays, physical therapy, and rehabilitation costs
- Present and future accident-related lost wages
- Property loss or damage sustained in the accident
- Pain and suffering including emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life, often as a result of amputation or a permanent disability
- Wrongful death
WHAT IF I'M PARTIALLY AT FAULT FOR MY INJURY?
In Rhode Island, even if you are partially at fault you can still recover damages. The damages will be reduced proportional to the percent of the accident or injury for which the jury determines you were at fault.
If you were involved in an accident or suffered a personal injury, reach out today for a free consultation on your case.
“For anyone who is really looking for a team of Attorneys that will fight for you every second of the way, this here is the team you want and need in your corner. Attorney Ryan Kelley and his team helped me through such a difficult time after my accident. The stress of thinking what happens next was lifted off my shoulders.
Communication is key for me, and my M&N team was on point with the level of communication they provided. The get-well cards and flowers after surgery were just a special touch that brightened my day. I wasn’t treated like another number or another case, they really made me feel like family. They really care for you and your wellbeing. Words will never express but I will forever be grateful for all they have done for me. Thank you !!!!!”