Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
Slip-and-fall accidents do not just happen during icy Boston winters and wet rainy springs. Such accidents can occur at any time. In fact, many slipping hazards exist during the summer months, both indoors and out. Sometimes, summer slips result in even more severe injuries because they are unexpected and surprising.
- Know your surroundings. In the summer, we typically aren’t on the lookout for dangerous conditions. Make sure you do not take your safety for granted and look where you are going. Read the rest »
A 13-year-old boy was struck and killed by a school bus as he rode his bike home from school. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the fatal school bus accident occurred on East Street near South Main in Mansfield. Officials are looking into whether the boy fell off his bike shortly before being struck by the bus. Police say there were no witnesses who saw him prior to the crash. The approximately 30 children who were on the bus were taken to nearby schools for grief counseling. It is unclear if the bus driver will be suspended as the investigation continues.
The exact cause of this tragic Boston bicycle accident remains a mystery. We do not know for sure if the young victim fell into the path of the bus or if there was anything the bus driver could have done to prevent the crash. It is crucial in these types of cases for an exhaustive investigation to take place to ensure that these types of accidents are prevented in the future. Read the rest »
It’s that time of year again to open up our swimming pools and fire up the grill. Just keep in mind that swimming pools can prove quite dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every single day. In fact, there was an annual average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning deaths that were not boating related between the years 2005 and 2009. About one in five people killed in these accidents are children 14 and younger. It is important to exercise all possible safety measures especially when children are in and around a swimming pool.
Here are five tips to help you prevent swimming pool accidents this year:
- Never leave children unsupervised. There should be an adult supervisor even when children are just around a pool and not swimming. Drowning accidents can happen quickly and quietly. So, a supervising adult must be close enough to act quickly. Read the rest »
Sunburns are not the only kind of burns that increase during the summer. Burn injuries increase as people gather around fire pits, outdoor grills, and campfires. In fact, children are the most vulnerable to these types of seasonal fire hazards. Make sure you understand these hazards and do your part in preventing serious burn injuries.
Here are a few safety tips to help protect you and your family from serious burn injuries this summer:
- Keep children a safe distance away from cooking areas and recreational fires. Read the rest »
Two men, aged 28 and 30, were injured in a Massachusetts car accident when their motorcycles collided with a station wagon. According to a MassLive.com news report, the motorcycle accident occurred at Shutesbury and Cushman roads in Leverett. Officials have not released any information regarding how or why the 2004 Subaru station wagon struck the two motorcycles. The victims were transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries. The 34-year-old male driver from Orange was not injured.
It is common in these types of accidents for motorcyclists to suffer serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and multiple bone fractures while the driver of the car escapes unharmed. In a car, truck, or van, there are airbags, seat belts, and a metal frame protecting the occupants. In a motorcycle, there are none of these safety features. Therefore, riders can easily get thrown onto the roadway or crushed. Read the rest »
Over 35 million vehicles, including 20 million that are in the United States, have now been affected by the Takata Corporation airbag recall. According to a MLive news report, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan have expanded their lists of recalled vehicles by another 11.5 million cars and trucks. These defective airbags can rupture and explode sending metal shards flying inside the vehicle.
These dangerous auto parts have already been linked to at least six deaths and over 100 injuries. Therefore, this issue is serious and car owners should be concerned. It is advisable to check the complete list of recalled vehicles with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if you have an Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, or Toyota from model years 2002 to 2008. Read the rest »
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 »