Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
Riding a motorcycle is often exhilarating and cost-effective, but it can also be dangerous. Even poorly-rated cars surround passengers in a metal frame that absorbs some of the impact in the event of a crash. Motorcycles offer no such protection. Riders are exposed to the elements and are vulnerable to crushing bone injuries. If you are ever involved in a Boston motorcycle accident, it is likely that you will suffer at least one bone fracture.
Motorcyclists can have their legs crushed upon impact with a car or the roadway. Ribs, elbows, hands, shoulders, and knees can crack and fracture if the rider is thrown into a car, a wall, or the street. Some riders suffer skull fractures despite wearing a helmet. These types of bone fractures result in severe pain, bruising, swelling, bleeding, impaired mobility, and in some cases, permanent deformity. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a car while directing an orange aerial lift at a busy construction site. According to a news report in The Eagle Tribune, the work-related car accident occurred near the alley that runs between Merrimack Street and Wall Street in Haverhill at the Harbor Place Project. Officials say the worker was on the street directing the lift when the car struck him and then collided with the lift. The victim was flipped in the air and landed near the lift. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and then Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
The authorities did not immediately charge the 49-year-old Haverhill man who was behind the wheel, but the investigation is ongoing. The driver reportedly says that he was watching the driver of the lift but failed to see the worker in the roadway. Read the rest »
A 62-year-old firefighter was killed in one of two fatal drunk driving accidents that occurred in Massachusetts on December 27, 2014. According to a Boston Herald News report, the fatal DUI collision occurred on Route 28 in the area of Parkers River Bridge in West Yarmouth. Officials say the firefighter was walking with his fiancée when a 2009 Ford Econovan E-150 driven by a 55-year-old South Yarmouth man struck them. The city’s most senior firefighter was killed and his fiancée was badly injured. The driver has been charged with drunk driving causing injury and motor vehicle homicide.
Earlier that night, a 73-year-old Everett woman was killed while walking near Broadway and Pleasant streets. The driver involved in this fatal crash faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of a class B substance. Read the rest »
Medical errors, even seemingly minor ones, can have long-term consequences for the victim and the victim’s family. It is crucial for the health community to research and study why errors occur and how to prevent patients from being hurt in the future. According to a Boston Globe news report, the health community in Boston in particular began a concerted effort to crack down on medical errors back in 1994 when a health reporter was killed by an overdose of chemotherapy. As a result, The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction was founded and named in her honor. Read the rest »
A 61-year-old Brockton man was killed in a Plymouth County car accident when a Ford SUV struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Wicked Local, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on North Pearl Street in Brockton. Officials are investigating whether the man suddenly stepped into traffic or the driver failed to see the pedestrian until it was too late. It is unclear at this point of the investigation if the driver will face charges for the fatal crash.
This is the eighth fatal pedestrian accident in Brockton this year and the seventh since August. This particular crash occurred two weeks after the mayor outlined a plan to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in the city. It is unclear at this point if the new plan will effectively save lives, but clearly more can be done to make the streets safer for pedestrians. Read the rest »
A man believed to be 51 was struck and killed in a Massachusetts car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Boston Herald, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Officials say the man was run down before the driver sped away. The victim was transported to Boston Medical center where he was later pronounced dead. The authorities are investigating the crash and calling on the community for help locating the driver. They believe the vehicle involved was an old, dark-colored, four-door Lincoln Towncar. Read the rest »
Driving in Boston at any time of year can prove treacherous, but it is particularly dangerous on our roadways in winter. Even on a beautiful, warm day, Boston drivers have to worry about severe congestion, some poorly maintained streets and drivers who are distracted, impaired and/or fatigued. In the winter, these issues are worsened by icy roadway conditions. Whether you are a new driver in Boston or a seasoned veteran, there are safety tips you should always keep in mind.
Before hitting the roadway, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they have tread deep enough to grip the roadway. You should also make sure that you have an ice scraper in your car, your windshield washer fluid is full and you have gloves and other winter gear in your trunk. You should also review the weather report to determine if it is safe to drive. There are some winter storms that should be avoided. Read the rest »
Take a moment to gather yourself and observe your surroundings. If you have just been involved in a Boston motorcycle accident, you could be in danger of suffering further injury. Try to get yourself out of the roadway right away. Then, assess if you have been hurt. If you or anyone else has suffered an injury in the crash, you must call the authorities and you are required by law to remain at the scene.
If your head, neck or back is seriously injured, you should remain still and wait for help. If, however, you are capable of moving around without causing additional harm, it is advisable to take the following steps: Read the rest »
There are numerous immediate side effects of brain trauma. Victims of car accidents and slip-and-falls who strike their head may suffer from headaches, memory loss, nausea and even physical and mental disabilities. Depending on the severity of the trauma, these types of symptoms may go away with proper treatment or they may linger. As our understanding of brain injuries continues to grow, we are learning more about the long-term effects of brain trauma including their relation to memory loss and dementia.
A new study found that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) later in life could be linked to an increased risk of dementia. According to the new study published in JAMA Neurology, adults aged 55 years and older who sustain a traumatic brain injury have an increased risk of dementia. This discover is significant because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 60 percent of all hospitalizations related to brain trauma involve individuals aged 55 and older. Therefore, TBI may be linked to severe memory issues in older adults. Read the rest »
A 26-year-old man was killed in a Massachusetts motorcycle accident that remains under investigation. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Canton Street in Fitchburg. Officials are looking into what caused the motorcycle to leave the roadway and crash into a utility pole. The victim allegedly was not wearing a helmet and did not have a valid license. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Read the rest »