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Female Pedestrian Injured by Drunk Driver in Winthrop

By Tom Kiley on March 30, 2015 - Comments off

DUI FatalityA 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 »

 

Boy Scouts of America Ordered to Pay $11.8 Million for Sexual Abuse Cover Up

By Tom Kiley on March 24, 2015 - Comments off

Boston Child AbuseA 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 »

Posted in: Child Abuse

 

Boston Pedestrian Injured on Snow Covered Street

By Tom Kiley on March 11, 2015 - Comments off

MA Pedestrian AccidentA 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 »

 

How Winter Weather Can Ruin Your Motorcycle

By Tom Kiley on February 18, 2015 - Comments off

Boston Motorcycle CrashWhether 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 »

 

Unborn Child Killed in Boston Car Crash

By Tom Kiley on February 9, 2015 - Comments off

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 »

Posted in: Vehicle Accidents

 

Dorchester Man Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash

By Tom Kiley on February 2, 2015 - Comments off

A 63-year-old Dorchester man was nearly killed when a car struck him and then took off. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Morton Street in Boston. Officials say the victim was getting into his car when a four- door Honda Accord struck him and left the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and survived. State police are searching for the car and driver, who were caught on tape by a camera at a nearby liquor store. Read the rest »

 

Broken Bone Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

By Tom Kiley on January 21, 2015 - Comments off

Broken BonesRiding 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 »

 

Worker Struck by Car at Harbor Place Project

By Tom Kiley on January 14, 2015 - Comments off

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 »

 

Two Bay State Residents Killed in Suspected DUI Collisions

By Tom Kiley on December 27, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

 

How Common Are Medical Errors in Massachusetts?

By Tom Kiley on December 18, 2014 - Comments off

Boston Medical MalpracticeMedical 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 »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

 

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