Construction Site Accidents, What you need to know.

Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. The dangerous nature of the profession subjects workers to serious industry specific hazards. In Massachusetts, the construction industry is thriving, and the number of construction accidents is rising.

Statistics from the United States Department of Labor tell us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide occur in the construction industry. In 2014, that was 899 deaths — more than two deaths per day. According to those statistics, the four most common types of construction injuries are:

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Being struck by an object
  • Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings.

In addition to these “fatal four” reasons, construction workers are vulnerable to chemical exposures and to injuries sustained from faulty or poorly-maintained equipment. [Read more…]

Time Limits on Medical Malpractice Suits in Massachusetts

If you have been injured due to medical negligence and are looking to make a medical malpractice claim in Massachusetts, keep key deadlines in mind. State laws address how long a patient has to file a complaint; damage caps; and other important factors. These limitations can be difficult to keep in mind when beginning the claims process. Finding a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts will help keep your claim on time while also utilizing their experience to get the best outcome possible.

Standard Deadline is Three Years
In Massachusetts, victims have up to three years from the date of incidence to file a medical malpractice suit in a Massachusetts court. If a lawsuit is not filed in those three years, the victim may lose the right to sue for medical malpractice, unless the case falls into one of the exceptions. [Read more…]

Consequences of Devastating Head Injuries

These statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show the impact of head injuries in the United States in a single year: 50,000 people lose their lives, 280,000 people are hospitalized, and 2.2 million people are treated by emergency rooms. The magnitude of these numbers is worthy of discussion, particularly since a traumatic head injury can result from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and assaults.

Head Injuries Pose Potential for Long-Term Consequences
While a head injury can have immediate repercussions for victims, including headaches, temporary memory loss and feelings of sleepiness, they should not ignore the long-term consequences. Even those victims who suffer very mild symptoms of a head injury after a car accident need to use caution; repeated head trauma has been associated with a higher incidence of Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Those who experience symptoms of severe head injuries immediately after an accident can suffer from:

  • Problems with thinking – some victims are unable to use their power of reasoning and may have long or short-term memory problems.
  • Problems with sensation – it is possible to have difficulty maintaining balance and vision problems after a head injury.
  • Problems with language – victims often have problems communicating and in some cases comprehending language.
  • More serious problems – in cases of more serious head injuries, victims may also be depressed, suffer from weakness in their legs and arms, and show signs of aggressiveness.

These are only some of the potential problems that a victim of a head injury can face, and none of them should ever be taken lightly.

When Head Injuries Impact Your Life
In severe cases of a traumatic head injuries, victims may need round-the-clock nursing care, may be unable to communicate with family members, and may be unable to return to work. These are very serious outcomes; they impact the family and the victim emotionally and financially. This is why anyone who suffers a head injury because someone else was negligent needs to consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney.

Victims should not have to deal with the financial burden associated with care after a traumatic head injury. You should contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether you have the grounds for a civil lawsuit. Should an attorney determine a suit can go forward, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs and for lost wages.

Do Not Ignore Your Slip and Fall Injury

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in a local grocery store or other business, you might be looking to put the event behind you as soon as possible. After all, slipping and falling in such a public venue can be embarrassing, and you might not want to make a bigger deal out of it or call more attention to it than is necessary. However, if you suffered an injury in one of these accidents, you need to take it very seriously, and you should not just ignore the situation or avoid filing a personal injury case. Here’s why.

Your Injuries Could Cost You More Than You Think
After slipping and falling, you might think that a little time and taking it easy will make your injury better. However, chances are that your injuries could be a lot more costly than you think. Medical care is not cheap, and if you don’t file an accident report detailing the incident, then you may not have a case when you realize your injuries are more serious than you originally thought. You might be on the hook to pay for your medical expenses yourself. You also have to factor in the amount of money that you might lose from being out of work. You should not be responsible for these costs, if the accident was not your fault.

Responsible Parties Should Be Held Responsible
Business owners should ensure that their establishments are as safe as possible for their patrons. If they aren’t held responsible for accidents that happen, they might not be more careful in the future. This could put others at risk of being hurt. By pursuing a case, you can help hold responsible parties responsible for the injuries that they cause, even indirectly, to their patrons.

A slip and fall accident isn’t something that you should ignore or “just let go.” Understand your situation and your options by contacting our law office for a free case evaluation.

Commercial Truck Accidents – Taking On Big Corporate

We travel the roads throughout our community to work, home and school. We pay little attention to the different types of vehicles we are sharing the roads with as we go about our business. There are mostly privately owned cars, SUV’s, pickups, and motorcycles on the roads we travel, but we also share the road with hundreds of commercial vehicles throughout the day, and with all the unseen hazards associated with these vehicles. There are dozens of construction vehicles sharing the road with us as well as tractor trailers, garbage trucks, cement trucks, and scores of smaller delivery box trucks from UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and the United Postal Service.

The roads of Massachusetts are congested with all types of vehicles, especially in and around Greater Boston. Commercial drivers are under enormous pressure to get to their destination as quickly and cheaply as possible. Their employers are under the same pressure to meet deadlines and to make a profit on their drivers’ efforts. [Read more…]

Is Your Home Safe Enough For Your Active Toddler?

Just how safe is your home for your little toddler? You’ve purchased cabinet locks, door handle protectors, socket covers, and you’ve put soft pads on the corners of the coffee table. So you’re all set, right? Maybe, maybe not. Unfortunately, there are hidden dangers with certain pieces of furniture that you may have missed.

Furniture and Television Tip-Overs
We hear on the news all too many times about a young toddler being seriously injured by a falling television, bookcase, or dresser. Thousands of children are injured and killed every year in the United States by furniture tip-overs. Children often use the drawers or the shelves of a dresser or bookcase for climbing, not realizing that their weight can topple the furniture. Following are some tips on how to protect your child, and visiting children, from the dangers of tip-over furniture.
Anchoring Furniture is Best
Take the following steps to anchor properly your furniture to avoid tip-over accidents:

  • Purchase anti-tip brackets for top-heavy furniture. Anchor all large and tall furniture with drawers and shelves to the studs in the wall.
  • Be sure to set furniture firmly on a hard surface floor so it is not wobbly or that it shifts due to cushioning in a carpet or rug.
  • Only purchase and use sturdy furniture that is made specifically to hold televisions.
  • Mount flat-screen televisions to furniture or the wall.
  • Secure TVs that cannot be mounted to the wall by anchoring them to the wall.
  • Remove toys and other objects that may tempt a child to climb the furniture.

Even if you don’t have children, aren’t expecting children or don’t anticipate any children visiting, these tips still ensure the safety of everyone in the home, including your pets.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to a furniture tip-over, please call our office for a free consultation and to learn your options.

4 Reasons To Call An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney After An Accident

While you are driving home from work one day, another driver side swipes your vehicle, causing you serious injury and medical expenses. Why should you contact an experienced personal injury attorney?

1) Evidence gets lost or destroyed.
As the plaintiff, you bear the evidentiary burden of proof. If you fail to present evidence of the defendant’s negligence, you will not succeed.  You ability to prove your case rests heavily on your ability to provide physical evidence.  Physical evidence can include photos, videos, witness statements, police reports, medical records, and the like. However, as time passes, the evidence may get weaker. For example, waiting too long to contact and obtain a written statement from a witness might result in difficulty locating the witness or in the witness’ memory fading.  This might make it more difficult for a jury to rule in your favor.

2) You may miss out on a chance for quick settlement.
A settlement is the most financially reasonable and time efficient way to resolve most personal injury cases.  However, insurance attorneys and adjusters are excellent negotiators and will often low-ball you, if you try to settle your claim on your own.  You need an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and the monetary value of your case to ensure you receive the just compensation that you deserve. [Read more…]

Massachusetts Personal Injury Law – Do You Have A Case?

If you’ve ever been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’ve likely considered a personal injury lawsuit. Judging by all the attorney commercials out there, you might think it’s relatively easy to sue someone. However, there are several important factors, which can make or break a personal injury claim. Personal injury laws vary widely from state to state, and knowing the basics of Massachusetts laws will help you understand your case.

How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Most personal injury cases rely on proving negligence to file (and win) your claim. This means that another party was, in essence, responsible for your accident. For example, if you were struck by a reckless driver, or slipped and fell on an unsanded sidewalk outside a store, your accident was likely due to another person’s negligence. Massachusetts law allows you to collect compensation, even if you were partially at fault for your accident. This is called comparative negligence. As long as you are not more than 50% at fault, you are eligible for compensation. The amount you receive is based on your percentage of fault.  So, if you were 10% at fault, you would collect the remaining 90% of the total damages amount. [Read more…]

Car Accident Expenses – Who Pays For What

You’ve been in a serious car accident along the busy roads of Worcester.  The damage to your vehicle is great, but that doesn’t measure up to the pain that goes along with your injuries. Not only is your car totaled, but you’re about to receive numerous medical bills for thousands of dollars.  Who pays for that?

•    Medical Bills
The state of Massachusetts follows the “no fault” system, which means that, when injury occurs from a car accident, your automobile insurance will pay up to $2,000 of the medical bills.  After that $2,000, either your healthcare coverage, or, if you do not have health insurance, your auto insurance through your P.I.P.(Personal Injury Protection) coverage will pay the amount appropriate to the insurance you bought.  However, P.I.P. will only cover up to $8,000, which includes the initial $2,000 of medical bills. [Read more…]

Things Construction Workers Should Know About Onsite Accidents

Construction Accidents happen for many reasons. People injured in construction accidents within the state of Massachusetts often face medical bills and related expenses that can dig deeply into their budgets and that also cause undue hardships for their families.

Dangerous conditions at work sites caused by negligence, dangerous working conditions and the unsafe practices of contractors, architects, subcontractors, product or tool manufacturers and others who fail to prioritize worker safety expose construction workers to injury.

Oftentimes, construction workers in Massachusetts are unaware of their rights as injured parties. Contractors and site owners are legally required to provide a safe work environment for people hired to work at Massachusetts work sites. Specific laws afford special legal protection for workers that find themselves working in high places, such as on ladders, scaffolding or on structural steel beams. [Read more…]