Personal Injury and
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Massachusetts Personal Injury & Criminal Lawyer
Attleboro Personal Injury & Criminal Lawyer
Offices in Attleboro and Quincy
Riccio Law practices in the areas of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury in Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts. Founder Anthony Riccio is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven record of success and reputation as one of the best young attorneys in the state. Formerly a prosecutor and personal injury defense lawyer at a Boston law firm, Attorney Riccio uses those experiences to achieve winning results for his clients.
If you have been arrested and/or charged with a crime or you are the subject of a criminal investigation, Riccio Law represents individuals facing criminal charges in state and federal court in Massachusetts.
Whether its felony charges in superior court, misdemeanor charges in district court, or federal charges, no case is too big or small. Riccio Law provides aggressive criminal defense for its clients and prepares as if every case is going to trial.
In addition to criminal defense, Riccio Law represents plaintiffs on personal injury cases stemming from car and motorcycle accidents, dog bites, slip-and-falls, and various claims of negligence. Dealing with insurance companies and court deadlines can be an exhausting process, so it is important to consult with an experienced Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer if you have been injured in an accident.
Riccio Law has offices in Attleboro and Quincy and is available by telephone 24/7. If you are in need of a criminal defense or personal injury lawyer in Massachusetts, contact us today for a free case evaluation. Learn more about Anthony Riccio here
Car Accident Claim
How Do Personal Injury Cases Work?
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Stages of a Personal Injury Case
Stage: 1 Accident Occurs
First and foremost, you should immediately seek medical care for any injuries you sustained in the accident. You should follow any recommendations for follow-up doctor’s appointments and treatment. Your health and well-being are more important than the need to immediately contact a personal injury attorney, start a claim, or file a lawsuit. Generally, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident.
Stage: 2 Contact Personal Injury Attorney
While it is important to get immediate treatment for your injuries, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you are healthy enough to do so. When hiring a personal injury lawyer, you should select one who is experienced in handling the type of personal injury claim you are facing (i.e.., motor vehicle accident; slip-and-fall; dog bite). In addition to an attorney’s experience, you must be comfortable with the lawyer you hire and feel you can trust his/her judgment. Once you hire an attorney, he or she will handle all aspects of your claim while you focus on treating and recovering from your injuries, including doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Your personal injury attorney will negotiate the payment of medical bills, if available, pursue potential insurance benefits, investigate the accident, gather evidence, and handle all communications with the insurance companies and opposing counsel.
Stage: 3 Pre-Lawsuit Settlement Discussion
Prior to filing a lawsuit, your attorney will likely engage in pre-suit settlement negotiations with the opposing side. Meaningful settlement talks usually do not begin until you have completed or nearly completed all treatment for your injuries and recovered to the fullest extent possible. It is difficult to assess the true value of a personal injury claim without a complete picture of one’s injuries, medical bills, the recovery process, including pain and suffering, and whether there are any permanent injuries or physical limitations. Your attorney might make a pre-suit settlement demand and the insurance carrier will review the demand and respond with an offer of settlement. Once an offer is received, your attorney will discuss the terms with you and recommend whether or not to settle. However, it is your decision, as the client, whether or not to accept any settlement offer. You can consider making a counteroffer and continuing any settlement negotiations. While some discovery may be exchanged during the pre-suit stage, the discovery process will be explored in greater detail after the filing of a lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney will remain aware of the statute of limitations and be sure to file suit prior to the deadline if a pre-suit settlement appears unlikely.
Stage: 4 Initiate Lawsuit / File Complaint
If you are unable to come to a settlement agreement prior to the filing of a lawsuit, your lawyer will initiate a lawsuit by serving the opposing party with a Civil Complaint and filing the Complaint with the Clerk’s Office of the appropriate court, often in superior court. Once the Complaint is served and filed with the Clerk’s Office, it is officially a civil matter subject to the respective court’s procedures and rules of civil procedure. After the filing of the Complaint, the defendant(s) are required to file an Answer to the Complaint, which may include any potential defenses and counterclaims.
Stage: 5 Pretrial Stages: Discovery & Motions
During the pretrial stages, discovery and potential evidence is exchanged between the parties. A significant portion of the discovery focuses on medical records detailing the plaintiff’s injuries and medical treatment pre & post-accident. Not all discovery is voluntarily provided and both parties can make demands for discovery through interrogatories and requests for productions of documents. Any discovery that is not provided voluntarily or by agreement will be addressed by a judge who will make rulings as to whether the discovery in question must be provided. Additionally, witness statements can be obtained by affidavits or conducting depositions. Depositions may be conducted in-person at an attorney’s office or remotely via video. Lawyers on both sides may also file motions with the court to be argued before the judge, including but not limited to motions for summary judgment. During the pretrial stages, settlement negotiations may continue to take place between the plaintiff and defendant(s). If the parties cannot settle after discovery is complete and all motions have been ruled on, they can attempt to resolve the case through alternative dispute resolution.
Stage: 6 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation & Arbitration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) usually takes place as a last attempt at settlement prior to trial and is usually conducted in one of two ways: mediation or arbitration. a)Mediation: In mediation, the lawyers and clients meet with a mediator whose job is to help facilitate effective discussions with the goal of reaching a settlement agreement. However, mediation is non-binding therefore the parties must come to a mutual agreement to avoid trial. b)Arbitration: Arbitration is essentially a “mini trial” where both sides are permitted to introduce witness testimony, evidence, medical records, etc. Lawyers for the parties make argument and a decision is made by an arbitrator. The arbitrator’s decision is binding and may only be challenged in special situations.
Stage 7. Trial
Statistically, less than 5% of all civil cases go to trial in Massachusetts. However, if no settlement is reached, the case proceeds to trial. In most circumstances, the case will proceed as a jury trial but a bench trial (trial before a judge, not jury) is allowed. During trial, both parties are permitted to introduce witness testimony, medical records, as well as other documents and exhibits subject to the rules of evidence. The length of a trial depends on a number of factors, including the amount of evidence and complexity of the case, as well as the number of live witnesses and whether it is a jury or bench trial. While a jury or bench trial verdict is final and binding, the losing party has the right to review the verdict and determine whether they have any potential arguments for an appeal.
Stage: 8 Appeal
There are a number of factors to review before concluding whether there are grounds to appeal. It is a matter to be discussed with your lawyer at the conclusion of trial, if necessary. On the other hand, if you win at trial the defendant may also consider reviewing the verdict and/or judgment amount. Appeals can be a timely and complicated process. Generally, in superior court a Notice of Appeal must be filed within thirty (30) days of the entry of the final judgment or final order.
WHY RICCIO LAW?
Attleboro and Quincy Criminal & Personal Injury lawyer
We Get Results
Despite being a small firm, we get big firm results at Riccio Law. We regularly obtain six-figure settlements from major insurance carriers on personal injury claims, as well as Not Guilty verdicts, dismissals, and favorable plea deals for our clients facing criminal charges in federal, superior, and district courts throughout Massachusetts.
We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether it’s late in the evening, the weekend, or a holiday, someone at Riccio Law is always available. Founder Anthony R. Riccio is personally involved with every case the firm handles and serves as lead trial attorney should a case proceed to trial. At Riccio Law, we aggressively fight to get the best results for our clients.
Attorney Riccio has served as lead counsel on over 50 trials, including 35+ jury trials with a nearly 85% acquittal rate as the lead trial lawyer on criminal matters. Starting his legal career as a prosecutor in Bristol County, Attorney Riccio gained significant trial experience early on and translated that into success as a criminal defense attorney and plaintiff’s counsel on personal injury claims.
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We Handle Criminal and Personal Injury Cases
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Riccio represents individuals facing criminal charges in both state and federal court. With offices in Attleboro and Quincy, Riccio Law’s criminal defense practice expands the entire state with a focus on the Greater Boston area, Southeastern Massachusetts, and the Cape & Islands.
Riccio Law represents individuals who have been charged with the following crimes:
Motor Vehicle / Driving Offenses
- Operating Under the Influence- Alcohol / Drugs (OUI/DUI/DWI)
- Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle / Operating to Endanger
- Reckless Operation
- Motor Vehicle Homicide
Abuse-Related / Domestic Violence
- Assault & Battery
- Assault & Battery w/ Dangerous Weapon
- 209A Violations & Harassment Order Violations
- Strangulation / Suffocation
Drug / Narcotics Offenses
- Simple Possession
- Possession With Intent to Distribute
We want to ensure that you receive the personalized care and attention you deserve, especially in these difficult times.
If you are currently under investigation or facing criminal charges, do not speak to the police or prosecution without first contacting an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney.
Personal Injury Law
Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer Anthony Riccio is committed to representing individuals that have been injured in an accident in Massachusetts due to someone else’s negligence. Having previously worked at personal injury defense firm in Boston, Anthony knows what to look for when evaluating a possible claim for damages.
Riccio Law represents individuals and their families after any kind of injury caused by someone else’s negligence, including:
Personal injury cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis and do not require any up-front payment or retainer fee. Riccio Law only gets paid if you win your case.