FAQ


Q. How do I pay Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, for representing me in a personal injury case?

A. We charge a contingent fee in almost every personal injury case we accept (including car accidents, medical malpractice and other serious injury cases). This means you don't pay any attorneys' fees unless and until you make a recovery in the case. It also means you can afford to have the best representation available. In most cases the fee is one-third of the amount recovered.

Q. I was hurt by someone whom I think was negligent. Should I bring a claim?

A. Yes, but only if the evidence tends to prove both the negligence and that the negligence caused your injury.

Q. If I'm involved in a motor vehicle collision, who pays my medical bills and my lost wages?

A. In Massachusetts, the insurance company that insures the motor vehicle you were occupying at the time of the collision (sometimes called the PIP carrier) will provide you with Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits that include medical expenses and lost wages up to a specific amount. There are no PIP benefits in Vermont motor vehicle collisions.

In addition, some insurance policies (both in Massachusetts and Vermont) provide medical payments coverage (called "MedPay"), which will pay medical bills arising from the collision up to the available policy limit. If applicable, subsequent medical bills are submitted to your medical insurance company. Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, coordinates with all involved insurance companies to ensure that the maximum amount of PIP and MedPay benefits are paid on behalf of our clients.

Q. Will a life estate protect my home from an estate recovery claim by Medicaid?

A. Transferring your home and retaining a life estate can be an effective tool to protect your home from an estate recovery claim from Medicaid so long as you do so within the time periods permitted by law.

Q. How long will it take to get divorced?

A. There is no guaranteed timeline for a divorce. Every divorce is different and much depends on the complexity of the property division, the parties' and the court's schedules. As a general matter, if there are children the average divorce takes one year and if there are no children it will take approximately six months. A lawyer can talk to you about the specific factors involved in your divorce.