Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
An 18-year-old Osterville man was killed in a recent Boston car accident, which officials say involved a street race between a 2002 MBW X5 sport utility vehicle and a 2000 Toyota Camry Solara. According to The Boston Globe, the fatal crash occurred on Route 6 eastbound between exits 9 and 10 in Harwich. Officials say the fatally injured victim may have been racing when the BMW rolled over and struck a tree on the right side of the roadway. The 18-year-old driver of the Toyota has been charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and racing a motor vehicle.
It is against the law to race on Massachusetts’s roadways. Under Massachusetts law: “No person shall operate a motor vehicle, nor shall any owner of such vehicle permit it to be operated, in a manner where the owner or operator accelerates at a high rate of speed in competition with another operator, whether or not there is an agreement to race, causing increased noise from skidding tires and amplified noise from racing engines.” Read the rest »
A loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while compact cars typically weigh less than 4,500 pounds. This vast size differential makes trucks capable of crushing smaller vehicles and severely injuring the occupants. In some cases, victims suffer catastrophic injuries that affect every aspect of their lives.
A catastrophic injury is one that results in permanent severe functional disabilities. Examples of catastrophic injuries that can result from a Boston truck accident include, but are not limited to: Read the rest »
A 56-year-old Framingham woman was killed after she had to brake suddenly to avoid a mattress that had flown onto the roadway. The woman’s vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle, according to a Boston Globe news report. The fatal accident occurred on Route 128 near the Burlington Mall. Officials say she stopped abruptly to avoid the mattress when another vehicle rear-ended her. The woman succumbed to her injuries. Officials are searching for the vehicle that dropped the mattress on the roadway. They believe it is a large dump truck with a white cab and a dark bed with wood on the sides.
Determining liability for a road hazard created by a private party’s negligence can be a complicated process. An investigation is often needed to determine who was responsible for the cargo, who initially secured it to the vehicle and who was tasked with inspecting the cargo before the trip. Read the rest »
Boston, like much of the northeast, is experiencing extremely severe winter weather this year. Driving during extreme winter weather can be treacherous. Vehicles slip and slide in snow and ice and it is very easy to lose control. When the weather is this severe, it is best to stay indoors and avoid driving.
However, if you must drive, it is important to take several precautions so you are safe. Here are five tips that can help you get through this extreme weather: Read the rest »
From the days of ancient Greece to 2014, the Olympic Games seem to get bigger and bigger each year, with an ever-changing roster of sports and events. But did you know that the Winter Olympics only began in 1924 in Chamonix, France? While the original Games included classics, such as figure skating, cross-country skiing, and speed skating, there are a number of events that just couldn’t stand the test of time (not surprisingly).
The following are just some of the Winter Olympic events that just didn’t make the cut this year.
Medical malpractice is when a doctor fails to provide adequate care and the patient suffers because of that failure. If you have suffered injuries or harmful health effects because of the negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your pain and suffering. If, however, the doctor and hospital dispute the allegations, you will have to prove your medical malpractice claim in court.
Medical professionals owe a legal duty to provide their patients with care that meets professional standards. In order to prove that you were a victim of medical malpractice, you will have to show that your doctor did not meet the standard of care required by law. Read the rest »
The Somerville Fire Department recently reported that a house fire that displaced at least seven people was caused by someone attempting to thaw a water pipe with a blowtorch.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the two-and-a-half story home was destroyed by the fire, causing at least $100,000 in damage.
Somerville fire investigators determined that a spark from a blowtorch used to thaw a pipe may have landed inside the walls of the home, quickly burning through and spreading upward.
This January, the theme of this year’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month is “Birth defects are common, costly, and critical.” The impact of a single child born with a serious health condition, such as a heart defect, Down syndrome, or spina bifida can be far-reaching. Not only must the parents of a child with birth defects contend with the often overwhelming costs of treatment, but each must struggle with the emotional challenges of raising a child that is injured or simply may not survive. One in every five infant deaths is the result of a birth defect.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth defects result in more than $2.6 billion in hospital fees alone each year in the U.S. In many cases, babies born with defects or malformations require special treatments in order to survive, in addition to lifelong care, medication, and physical therapy.
As the seasonal rain and snow continues to fall throughout the state of Massachusetts, businesses have had to shut their doors, not only because residents have been asked to stay home, but because the freezing weather puts many employees in danger. The risk of becoming involved in an accident while driving on the icy roads is enough to keep many employees from going to work. However, there are also a number of other winter-related dangers that exist at the workplace, as well.
In the midst of the New Year’s Eve celebration, you, along with millions of other people, may have excitedly proclaimed your plans to do things differently in the next 12 months, such as taking up a new hobby, living healthier, or simply relaxing more often. After the last bit of confetti has been swept away and it’s time to put those resolutions into action, however, your resolve may have weakened. Is there really any hope for making a resolution last?
To begin with, it’s important to understand why most resolutions become a distant memory by the time February arrives. In fact, British psychologist Richard Wiseman says that nearly 88 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. In many cases, resolutions often call for a radical change in lifestyle or too many changes, and realistically, your brain can only accomplish so many new tasks at once.