Personal Injury Attorney Robert W. Shute
A reckless driver, a medical mistake, a vicious dog, an injury at work… the list is almost endless. In one devastating blink of an eye you’ve been injured and you’re caught in a medical, legal and insurance nightmare.You’re in pain, you have medical bills, maybe you’re out of work and you are stressed out. Atty. Shute has been guiding people through these situations successfully for over 25 years. Atty. Shute understands your need to get proper medical care, financial compensation for lost pay and money to help you cope with your pain and the limitations on your daily living activities. The injury laws in Massachusetts say that when someone is negligent or careless and they injure you, you have the right to seek monetary compensation from them or their insurance company. One thing is for sure though. The ones who are supposed to pay, usually the insurance company for the person who injured you, will do everything in their power not to pay you. Insurance companies’ executives and shareholders get rich by selling insurance policies, belittling legitimate injuries and denying and minimizing claim payments whenever possible. They have highly trained investigators, claim adjusters and defense lawyers eager to take you on when you’re alone. They like nothing better than to meet you on an uneven playing field. There is no need for you to fight them alone. Atty. Shute knows the ins and outs of their tactics and the most effective ways to deal with them.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Attorney Shute is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have achieved verdicts or settlements of one million dollars or more. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Attorney Robert Shute is your Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicopee and Northampton, MA for a wide variety of Injury Claims and Lawsuits
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, bitten by a dog, suffered from medical malpractice, or lost a loved one due to wrongful death, then you deserve to be compensated for your losses. When you call, I will speak with you personally and meet with you personally. There is no legal fee for the call or the meeting. My goal is to make your personal injury case successful.
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How soon after I am injured should I speak with a lawyer?
You may be wondering – at what point should I call Attorney Shute for my injury? The answer is- right away. One of the main reasons is that all cases have time limits. Surprisingly, there is even a type of case that requires action within 24 hours after the injury. Another important reason is that as soon as an accident is reported, the insurance companies assign highly trained professionals to investigate. Attorney Shute should be the one to deal with them because they are trained, not only to investigate accidents, but to make sure that the insurance company remains as profitable as possible by paying you as little as possible for your injuries. They often start by calling to get a recorded statement from you. You would tell them the truth, of course, but you need to be prepared to prevent them from twisting the truth around on you. For example—Let’s say that you were in a car crash where you were stopped, but the driver who hit you says you were moving. It’s obviously important to your case to prove that you were stopped. The insurance company then calls and asks you a few seemingly harmless questions— Were you stopped? Yes. Are you sure? Yes. Did your car have any damage to it before this crash? Definitely not. Then, the insurance company hires a crash reconstruction expert who says that based on your statement and based on the examination of your car, your car must have been moving and you’re not telling the truth. What possibly could have gone wrong? Well, if you’re like most people, you have scuffed your hub caps or alloy wheels on a curbstone at some long-forgotten time in the past. Curb scuff marks have a slightly swirled pattern that only occurs when the wheels are turning. If you watch my videos you can see an example of what I mean. The insurance company expert conveniently puts two and two together: since you said your car had no damage before the accident and since your wheels now have scuff marks that only could have occurred while your wheels were turning, then you’re the one who was moving at the time of the crash.
What went wrong here is that the insurance company tried to make you look like a fraud by taking unfair advantage of the fact that when you said your car had no old damage, you were probably thinking they meant obvious dents, not old curb scuff marks on your wheels. In short, when you’re dealing with trained professionals on the other side, you should have one looking out for you.
Call any time of day or evening for your Free Consultation. Atty. Shute will answer your questions personally. 413-592-0999
What is the legal fee to hire Attorney Shute?
You probably have an important question on your mind- How can you afford to have Attorney Shute represent you for your injury? That’s an excellent question and you don’t have to worry.The legal fee for your case is what’s called a contingent fee. That means that you only pay a legal fee out of the money you receive at the end when we settle or win your case. There is no hourly billing or up-front fee and you never have to pay a legal fee out-of-pocket. In most cases the legal fee is one-third of the money we win. I look forward to speaking with you personally, answering your questions and fighting for the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation with an experienced injury attorney call Atty. Robert Shute now, day or evening at 413-592-0999.
How will my case be resolved?
How do injury cases get resolved? At some point after you’ve been injured, hopefully you’ll make a full recovery. If your injury is very serious it’s possible that it won’t heal completely, but in either case your doctors will have done everything they can and you’ve reached what they call a “medical end result” or “maximum medical improvement” or “MMI.” Once you’ve reached a medical end result, Attorney Shute will review all of your medical records and move forward to resolve your case. There are four main ways that injury cases get resolved, usually with the insurance company for the person that injured you. The four ways are: Negotiated settlement, Mediation, Arbitration and Court Trial.
A negotiated settlement is a back-and-forth discussion, usually more like a debate, between the insurance company and me about the value of your claim. The negotiations can take place over time as each side might raise new arguments or obtain additional medical opinions in response to arguments from the other side. If both sides agree on the amount, settlement documents are signed and the insurance company pays you.
Mediation is a more formal type of negotiated settlement. For mediation, the two sides agree to meet with an independent mediator– usually a retired judge or an impartial attorney, to help them negotiate a settlement amount. To convince the parties to agree on a middle ground, Mediators often play “devil’s advocate,” by pointing out to each side why their opponent’s case is stronger than it may seem. Again, if both sides agree on the amount, settlement documents are signed and the insurance company pays you.
Arbitration. For arbitration, both sides agree to hire an independent arbitrator, again, usually a retired judge or attorney. An arbitrator, however, is hired to listen to evidence from both sides and make a binding decision. It’s like a court decision but the process is shorter and less formal than a full court trial.
Court Trial is where a jury listens to the evidence from both sides and then renders its binding verdict.
Attorney Shute is experienced in all of these scenarios. Attorney Shute will prepare the evidence thoroughly and explain the whole process in detail to take the stress off of you.
Call and ask to speak with Atty. Shute, personally, 413-592-0999. There is no charge for your consultation and the legal fee for your case is paid out of what Atty. Shute makes the other side pay you. You never pay a legal fee out-of pocket.
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