Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
Brain trauma is among the worst injuries you can suffer in a Boston car crash or slip-and-fall accident. The resulting symptoms are often debilitating and long-term. Some victims of brain injuries are never able to fully recover or to return to the life they had before the accident. Others are only able to return to a semblance of normalcy after months of physical and occupational therapy. Therefore, any advancement made in the treatment of brain injury is noteworthy.
According to a report in The Columbian, there are 10 trauma centers in North America that are participating in a National Institutes of Health study on traumatic brain injury recovery. During the study, hospitals will utilize a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug called tranexamic acid to determine if it promotes brain injury recovery. Of those who qualify, a few randomly selected patients will be assigned to one of three study groups. Read the rest »
A 48-year-old man was killed in a Norfolk County auto accident when his bicycle was struck by a small dump truck. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on West Street at Jenk Street in Wrentham. Officials believe the bicyclist took a left turn at the intersection before colliding with the dump truck. The rider sustained fatal injuries. The driver was not injured even though his truck veered off the road and hit a utility pole. The investigation is underway, but it does not appear that the driver will face charges for the fatal crash.
Under Massachusetts law, bicyclists may ride on any public road, bikeway and street except limited access or express state highways. They even have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists. However, riders must: Read the rest »
In April, two Mass Bay Electrical Corp. employees were killed at a Cape Cod work site. According to a Boston Globe news report, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) announced on September 24 that the company responsible for those deaths has been cited $168,000 for “failing to ensure proper training.” Officials say the employees were not properly trained or evaluated on crane operation. Furthermore, investigators believe the supervisors at the work site did not follow safety procedures when setting up and operating the crane.
Cranes are commonly used on Massachusetts construction sites to lift and move heavy materials, machines and products. According to OSHA, there are about 125,000 cranes in operation today in the construction industry and another 80,000 to 100,000 in general and maritime industries. This means that hundreds of thousands of workers are in danger of being injured in a crane-related accident on a regular basis. Read the rest »
American multinational auto manufacturer, General Motors (GM), has been ordered to pay $35 million in penalties to the families of 19 individuals that died in crashes involving certain GM models with faulty ignition switches. There are hundreds of similar claim cases still waiting to be processed, 125 of which involve fatalities.
A Brief Background on the GM Recalls
Problems for the car company started back in February 7 when a recall of 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models was issued for problems traceable to defective ignition switches. Since then, millions of GM vehicles have been recalled for the same defect. Nearly 30 million vehicles have been affected by this year’s surge of recalls in the United States alone. Read the rest »
Getting older no longer means that a person must stop driving. The physical changes that seniors undergo can certainly make operating a vehicle difficult, but there are a number of ways in which seniors can continue driving safely. If you are a senior who would like to keep driving, it is advisable to follow these five tips:
- Limit your driving. It is best to drive in fair weather conditions during the day. Try to avoid driving in rush hour traffic and roads that have speed limits that make you feel uncomfortable.
- Consider a refresher course. Cars are significantly different from when you first started driving, and some rules of the road have changed as well. Regardless of your age, it is advisable to take a driving safety course. You may even be able to save money on car insurance by proving that you took a course. Read the rest »
Two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officers were injured in a Boston car accident when a vehicle crashed into their motorcycles. According to a NECN news report, the motorcycle crash occurred at Antrim and Bennington Streets in Boston. Officials say a 69-year-old woman from Winthrop crashed into the motorcycles with her vehicle. A 37-year-old male officer with eight years on the force sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg that required surgery. The other victim, a 29-year-old officer with three years on the force, required treatment at Boston Medical Center. The woman was cited for the crash, but she has not yet been charged.
Even the most skilled, experienced and well-trained motorcycle riders can suffer harm at the hands of a negligent car driver. Because motorcycles provide little to no protection for riders, it is common for victims of motorcycle accidents to suffer severe lacerations, sprains, strains, bone fractures, neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Read the rest »
Officials believe a driver was under the influence of drugs when he crashed his Ford 500 sedan into an MBTA bus in Boston injuring up to 20 people. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the bus accident occurred on North Main Street near Waldo Street in Randolph the morning of September 2. Officials say a man with a history of drunk driving drove his Ford across the double yellow lines before crashing into the front of the bus. None of the victims appear to have sustained life-threatening injuries, but many complained of neck and back injuries. The 30-year-old Franklin driver faces charges for driving under the influence of drugs.
In cases involving bus accidents, victims may pursue compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party. In many cases, the liable party includes the bus driver and the bus company. Under Massachusetts law, bus companies are required to provide support and compensation to injured passengers. However, when another party is at-fault (such as another motorist), he or she can also be held liable. Read the rest »
A 50-year-old man was killed in a Massachusetts car accident when a Honda Accord struck him. According to a WHDH news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Memorial Drive near the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge in Cambridge. Officials say the pedestrian was struck in the eastbound lanes. The victim was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
Under Massachusetts law, pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections. Determining liability for accidents that occur where there are no crosswalks can prove challenging. Pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic when attempting to walk or cross outside of a crosswalk, but this does not excuse drivers from failing to avoid a collision. Read the rest »
A 43-year-old tree company worker was injured when a large piece of wood struck him in the back. According to a news report in The Cape Cod Times, the work-related accident occurred at 11 Halyard Road in Yarmouth Port. Rescue workers say a piece of wood that was about 2-feet long and 1 foot in diameter struck the victim in the back when it was kicked out of a wood chipper. He was flown to a Boston hospital for treatment. It is unclear how the accident could have been prevented or when the victim will be able to return to work.
Tree workers have a very dangerous job. They are tasked with cutting away dead branches, pruning and trimming trees with power pruners, handsaws and clippers and they often have to work from elevations. It is common for tree workers to suffer injuries in fall-related accidents, saw accidents and incidents involving falling branches. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16 tree trimmers and pruners were killed while on the job in the year 2012. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old bike share rider was injured in a Boston car accident when he was struck by a waste management truck and dragged underneath. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the bicycle accident occurred at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue in the South End. Witnesses to the crash say that the garbage truck turned right, struck the bicyclist, and dragged him. The bicyclist was trapped underneath the truck but appears to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck cooperated with the authorities and no charges have been filed.
According to the Boston Area Research Initiative, the area where this crash took place has a high number of injury accidents. There were six accidents at the intersection of Columbus and Massachusetts avenues between 2009 and 2012. This particular crash involved a participant in Hubway, Boston’s bike-sharing program. About 2 million trips have taken place since the program was launched in 2011 and this incident is the 19th serious accident involving a Hubway bike. Read the rest »