Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
When someone slips and falls in a supermarket, it must be determined what caused the fall and if negligence contributed to the incident. Property and business owners are responsible for the conditions of their premises, so they can be held accountable for certain accidents that occur there. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident while shopping, it may be in your best interest to research your legal options. Financial support may be available for the injuries you have suffered.
In such cases, the plaintiff has the burden of proof. So, if you slipped and fell, it is on you to prove that the store owner or manager was negligent and that your accident occurred as a result of such negligence. Therefore, these types of cases often come down to the ability of the victim to prove that he or she was hurt because of a preventable and known dangerous condition that the store failed to address. Read the rest »
Your spinal cord is responsible for carrying information between your peripheral nervous system and your brain. The bones in your back and neck called vertebrae protect your spinal cord. If these bones take a sudden severe blow, it could result in trauma to the spinal cord, disrupting communication between your limbs and brain. This can happen in a Boston car accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle crash, or even a slip-and-fall accident if the victim’s vertebrae are compressed, crushed, dislocated, or fractured.
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury are often severe and permanent. Therefore, living with spinal cord injury can prove challenging and costly. Many victims of spinal cord injuries never fully recover and have a lifetime of impairment. Some even suffer from paralysis of their lower extremities (paraplegia) or impairment from their neck down (quadriplegia). Those who do not recover within six months of their accident will most likely have to live with their spinal cord injury symptoms for the rest of their lives. Read the rest »
It is absolutely vital for the health and future well being of your child that he or she receives the best possible medical treatment after suffering a head injury. Some brain injuries do not result in immediate observable symptoms, but can evolve into more serious complications if not properly treated. Make sure a doctor examines your child right away, and continue to assess and report any symptoms that may manifest in the hours, days, and weeks after the accident.
Here are just a few symptoms that may occur if your child has sustained a brain injury:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of focus and inability to concentrate Read the rest »
In recent years, the number of bike riders has increased and so have the number of bike accidents. According to a Harvard study, bike commuters nationwide have increased 62 percent from 2000 to 2013. Consequently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 726 bicyclists were killed and 49,000 were injured in 2012.
One way to reduce the number of bike accidents is to carefully review police reports to determine the cause of crashes and how they can be prevented. It is helpful to understand exactly what caused a collision to evaluate how that type of accident could be prevented in the future. Police reports, however, often contain few details and are handwritten and drawn by officers on paper without diagrams or bicycle specific codes. Read the rest »
A 67-year-old man was killed in a Boston car accident that remains under investigation. According to a WHDH news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Middlesex Road in Tyngsboro. Officials say the man was walking along Middlesex Road when he was struck by a white pickup truck. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The driver remained at the scene after the crash. No charges have been filed.
Under Massachusetts law, drivers must yield the right-of-way, slow down or stop for pedestrians crossing the road within a crosswalk. Furthermore, drivers may not pass stopped vehicles at crosswalks while a pedestrian is crossing. However, determining responsibility for a pedestrian accident becomes more complicated when an accident occurs away from a crosswalk or intersection. Read the rest »
A 62-year-old woman was injured in a Massachusetts car accident when she was struck and thrown about 40 feet by a car driven by a woman who may have been under the influence of alcohol. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the drunk driving incident occurred at the corner of Main and Winthrop Streets in Winthrop. Officials say the victim was standing on the sidewalk when the van struck her from behind. She was thrown under a parked truck and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The 38-year-old driver of the van faces multiple charges. Officials allegedly found small bottles of alcohol in the van. Furthermore, the driver was transporting her 6-month-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. She faces charges for operating under the influence, operating to endanger, two counts of child endangerment, and an open container violation. Read the rest »
A former boy scout has been awarded a total of $11.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case which involved multiple incidents of sexual assault and battery and a subsequent cover up by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The compensation amount is unprecedented in cases against BSA.
The plaintiff, John Doe, was 11 years old when he joined his local Boy Scouts Troop in the mid 1970’s. His abuser, Siegfried Hepp, was an appointed youth leader who helped out in troop meetings, fishing trips, and overnight camping trips. Read the rest »
A 22-year-old man was injured in a Boston pedestrian accident when a car struck him as he walked on the street because snow banks obstructed the sidewalks. According to a Boston Globe news report, the incident occurred along Webster Street. Officials say a green sedan clipped him. He suffered a head injury and was transported to South Shore Hospital. No charges have been filed.
The snowfall that has covered Boston this winter has brought a number of challenging situations for pedestrians. Many of our sidewalks are totally covered in snow and the ones that have been shoveled are often icy and dangerous. Here are a few pedestrian safety tips that could help you avoid being involved in an accident: Read the rest »
Whether you plan on riding or storing your motorcycle this winter, the cold weather can wreak havoc on the bike. It is possible to ride in temperatures below freezing, but you will have to take precautionary measures to ensure that you and your motorcycle are not damaged.
Salt, sand, mud, and ice can rust and degrade the metal parts of your motorcycle. If you choose to ride during the winter, it is important that you park it over night in someplace dry. Take the time to wipe it down after a ride. Try to remove any salt or sand that you picked up on the roadway before leaving it over night. Ideally, you should find a warm garage to keep your motorcycle. Otherwise, your coolant could freeze during the night, resulting in a cracked head and block and brittle rubber seals and gaskets. Read the rest »
A 21-year-old pregnant woman was injured and her unborn child was killed when a Toyota Scion struck her Chevrolet Impala head-on. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the car crash occurred on South Main Street in Carver on the evening of February 1. Officials are seeking help in determining what caused the two vehicles to collide. The woman, who was five months pregnant, was trapped in the driver seat of her car, but her passenger, a 22-year-old man, was able to exit the car on his own. He was transported to Beth Israel in Plymouth for treatment. According to a WCVB news report, the 23-year-old driver of the second vehicle was injured as well and has been cited for the crash. Read the rest »