Burn Injury Infographic

Each year, thousands of people suffer from burn injuries. While you can treat minor burns at home, some injuries are severe and need immediate medical attention. Severe burns can cause permanent disfigurement, organ damage, or in a worst case scenario, death.

The burn injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group want you to share this infographic with your friends and family. It contains the types of burns, their causes, and their treatment options.

If you suffer from a burn injury, contact our law firm and speak with an injury lawyer. The consultation is free. If you can’t make it to our Boston or Andover office, we will come to you. Continue reading “Burn Injury Infographic”

How to Handle Cyberbullying

If we take a step back from our laptops and cell phones and all of our other electronic gadgets, we will probably realize just how far-reaching our reliance on technology goes.

Feeling and being “connected” is a significant part of our culture of constant communication, especially with adolescents. Because of the pressure that comes with always being plugged-in (or at least charging), children of all ages grapple with a newer form of bullying: cyberbullying. Continue reading “How to Handle Cyberbullying”

How to Split Lanes While Riding Your Motorcycle in Massachusetts

No one likes traffic.

Sitting in a congested mess for hours at a time is one of the more irritating parts of navigating the interstate system, especially for bikers. In fact, flying down the open road is one of the main reasons bikers love the freedom that comes with riding motorcycles. This is also why many motorcyclists often avoid traffic by “splitting lanes.”

If a rider does choose to engage in lane splitting, it’s very important that they adhere to the following motorcycle safety tips.

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Understanding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage in Massachusetts

Getting into a car accident in Massachusetts is a stressful and traumatic experience for everyone involved. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, you may be dealing with physical injuries, damage to your vehicle, and the financial burdens that result from both.

In Massachusetts, it is illegal to drive without auto insurance coverage, but unfortunately some motorists do just that. Additionally, some Massachusetts drivers may only carry the minimum insurance coverage. This is especially common during recession periods. These coverage limits may not be sufficient to pay your medical bills and other damages in the event you are involved in an accident where an underinsured motorist is found to be at fault.

What should you do if you get into a collision with an uninsured or underinsured driver? With the help of an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney, it is still possible to recover damages for your injuries.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

As a Massachusetts driver, you should carry what is known as UM/UIM insurance. This allows your own insurance coverage to pay for your medical bills when the negligent party in the accident is uninsured or underinsured.

An uninsured motorist provision can also often apply to hit-and-run accidents. In a hit-and-run, it is often impossible to identify the offending motorist in order to obtain their insurance information. Unless someone was able to get the negligent driver’s license plate, the case will be handled as one that includes an uninsured driver.

Pursuing a Claim Against An Uninsured/Underinsured Party in Massachusetts

You may run into some difficulties when you pursue compensation from your insurance company following a auto accident with an uninsured/underinsured driver.

The uninsured or underinsured motorist was likely without adequate coverage because he or she could not afford it, so attempting to get them to pay damages out of their own funds will likely be a fruitless effort.

When your insurance company is asked to pay damages that the uninsured/underinsured driver is responsible for, it will likely watch out for its own bottom line and not necessarily act in your best interests. This may lead to payouts that do not fully cover the bills associated with your accident.

Your Massachusetts personal injury lawyer will be familiar with Massachusetts insurance requirements and can assist you with filing claims in accident cases involving an uninsured or underinsured driver. Your attorney can also help you negotiate with your insurance company and with the uninsured/underinsured negligent driver to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

An auto accident can ruin and completely change your life. If you have been injured in a car crash in Massachusetts, you should contact an injury attorney to learn about your rights and determine liability. When you are interviewing personal injury attorneys ask critical questions, like: how long have you been practicing; what is the largest settlement or verdict you’ve obtained, and do you have experience with uninsured or underinsured drivers?

The Kiley Law Group, a law firm based in Massachusetts, takes time when speaking with you about your case and works with you on a contingent fee basis so there are NO FEES unless our trained personal injury lawyers win your case. Call now to schedule a FREE evaluation of your case.

Strict Liability in a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawsuit

What is Strict Liability?

In Massachusetts, state law recognizes strict liability as one of 3 actionable torts, or wrongdoings. The other two torts, negligence and intentional, revolve around the at-fault party’s inability to act appropriately. An actionable tort is focused on unforeseen dangers.

Strict liability is a tort in which a situation is deemed inherently dangerous and the party in charge of the situation is held liable regardless of good faith or precautionary measures.

A good example is a zoo or wild animal sanctuary. The park may have the strongest cages and a slew of safety devices installed, but if one animal somehow escapes and attacks you, the park is held under strict liability for your injuries. Continue reading “Strict Liability in a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawsuit”

Confidentiality Provisions in Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Settlement Agreements

Confidentiality Provisions

If you or a loved one suffered injuries or illness due to medical negligence and you have sought compensation from the liable parties, your Massachusetts medical malpractice case may include a confidentiality agreement.

A confidentiality provision is part of the settlement document that is signed by all parties involved in the case when a monetary settlement is reached. In the agreement, the plaintiff and his or her attorney agree to keep the settlement amount and the details of the case private.

The purpose of a confidentiality agreement is to provide both parties in the malpractice case with something they need. Continue reading “Confidentiality Provisions in Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Settlement Agreements”

Lead Poisoning and Child Injury in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts premises liability attorney can file a claim against a landlord or school that exposes children to lead in buildings.

In addition to federal rules, certain states, such as Massachusetts, have laws that prohibit housing or caring for children on premises that have lead paint. States have been very aggressive in public education on the topic, and property owners and managers have no excuse for not knowing or following the regulations.

States also offer grants or loans to utilize in safely removing lead paint, but many landlords still refuse or are unable to bear the remainder of the expense. These parties may be sued for damages in premises liability lawsuits. Continue reading “Lead Poisoning and Child Injury in Massachusetts”