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.

Read more about the home safety management or check out this website. And 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. Get the best rolling tool box, to help keep all your tools in one spot.

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 work sites, as well as insurance for Texas contractors. 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…]

What Workers Need To Know When Injured At A Construction Site in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the DIA or Department of Industrial Accidents oversees workers’ compensation claims from Construction Accidents. OSHA, which is the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has Safety and Health Regulations for Construction that specifically cover construction site safety.

Likewise, Massachusetts regulates construction site safety in certain sections of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, in the State Building Code and in the State Sanitary Code. All of these safety statutes, regulations and contractual terms usually dictate acceptable conduct on the construction site.

For example, the general contractor cannot delegate safety obligations on the job site to another entity, such as a safety consultant or other subcontractor. This is why injured parties usually name the general contractors as defendants unless the injured party was an employee of the general contractor.

Since safety regulations exist to produce safer construction sites, they are the foundation for establishing the legal responsibility of anyone whose regulatory non-compliance contributed to the accident. This might include subcontractors, safety consultants, architects, project engineers or suppliers of unsafe equipment or material. [Read more…]

Premises Liability – What is it and Who is at fault?

Winter is coming, and there will be snow and ice. In fact, if it’s anything like last year, there may be a lot of snow and ice.

Injuries due to snow and ice may be cause for damages in a premises liability case. Premises liability in Massachusetts, however, describes many types of injuries and accidents, not just those caused by our weather.

The term “premises liability” covers any kind of accident that arises from a condition on a property, such as snow or ice, an obstruction, defective workmanship, inadequate maintenance, a slippery floor, broken stairs, or anything else that causes one to fall, slip, or trip. The range of potential conditions covered by premises liability is very wide; because of the numerous conditions potentially covered and the complexity of the law, it is highly advisable to consult an experienced tampa criminal defender, if you have questions. [Read more…]

Massachusetts Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Losing a family member is painful, and when you lose a family member because of the action or inaction of another person, anger compounds the loss. Not only have you lost your loved one, you are facing a life without his or her companionship. In addition, there are probably very real monetary losses. Money will not mitigate the loss of your family member, but you have the legal right in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229, Section 2 to file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain a sum of money as justice for that loss.

Filing Wrongful Death Claims
Upon application by the heirs, the probate court will appoint a personal representative of the decedent’s estate, which usually is someone the decedent has named in a will, if there is one. To pursue a wrongful death claim, the personal representative should work with a personal injury attorney who understands the statutes that apply to wrongful death, particularly those that provide for the distribution of any proceeds from a successful claim or lawsuit. [Read more…]

Massachusetts Law and the Role of Insurance Adjusters

With over 110,000 auto crashes a year in the state of Massachusetts, it is a sad likelihood that you or a loved one could be severely injured in an auto accident at some point. This can be a very disturbing event, and potentially a very debilitating one. Both emotional and physical effects from an accident can significantly affect your daily life.

You have prepared for this contingency by purchasing auto insurance. In the event of an accident, you expect that your insurance policy or that of the party at fault will provide whatever is needed for your continued health and well-being.

However, you should know that insurance companies will always try to limit the costs associated with payment of claims. With that in mind, there may be some things that the insurance representative will not tell you. [Read more…]