Investigation into Milford’s police chief continues

Pighetti put on leave in February after traffic stop Alison Bosma The Milford Daily News   MILFORD — Two months after Police Chief Michael Pighetti was put on paid leave, the town is still investigating the complaint that put him there. “I can’t confirm that there even is any investigation ongoing, as we have not been contacted by anyone associated with the Town of Milford

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My husband’s medical condition was misdiagnosed. Who should be held responsible?

When a serious injury or even death results from a misdiagnosed condition, several parties may be liable. Doctors, radiologists, nurses, and pharmacists are potential responsible parties. However, for a medical professional to be held liable for medical malpractice, there are specific legal requirements under Massachusetts law. Restrictions include when a claim can be made, limits on the damages, and requirement of specific types of evidence. Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing an illness or

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Federal Court Dismisses Claims Against Fall River Chiefs of Police and Police Officer

In 2016, members of the Fall River Police Department were involved in a criminal investigation of an individual based upon allegations of abuse perpetrated on the individual’s siblings and the neglect of the individual’s mother, who subsequently passed away.  After his arrest and criminal conviction, the plaintiff brought suit against members of the Fall River Police Department.  The plaintiff claimed, among other things, that he

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At the close of 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charlie Baker signed, a bill entitled “An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth[].”  This so-called police reform legislation promises to usher in a broad range of profound changes to Massachusetts policing at a number of levels. On April 5, 2021, a distinguished set of panelists will be

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Milford police chief defends traffic stop, calls actions ‘legitimate’ and ‘justified’

Alison Bosma |The Milford Daily News MILFORD — A Worcester law firm sent out a letter Tuesday defending Milford Police Chief Michael Pighetti, after selectmen placed him on paid leave last week. “I want the community to hear directly from me on these issues,” the letter, marked from Pighetti himself, read, “so that the record can be set straight and the facts can be known, including community

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Know Your Right to Recover Compensation From a Slip and Fall

When you slip and fall, there are a number of Massachusetts laws and legal rules that affect your case. Slip and fall injuries can be severe, especially during winter months when roads, walkways, and parking lots are icy. When negligence or a dangerous condition is to blame, you may be entitled to financial recovery. This article will explain two of the most important Massachusetts laws

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Former Granby Fire Chief John Mitchell wins second arbitration; town ordered to pay him 90 days back pay

By Jim Russell | Special to The Republican GRANBY – A 90-day suspension the selectboard meted out to then-fire chief John Mitchell last year violated his employment rights and was not justified, according to a recent arbitration decision – ordering the town of Granby to pay him the lost wages and benefits. The select board voted in July to fire him, after having suspended him without

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If You’ve Been Injured, Document Every Detail

When someone injures you, it’s crucial to document your experience from injury to recovery. When filing a personal injury claim, the documentation needed to prove your claim is based on the nature of the injury, the events leading to an incident, and damage resulting from the accident. Every detail is essential. Follow these guidelines for documenting your injury. Official Reports Immediately following an injury, or as soon thereafter

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Understanding Medical Malpractice in Massachusetts

Medical negligence is an unfortunate outcome, often attributed to an overburdened medical care system. Many parties can be held liable for negligence, from hospitals to doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, and pharmacists. Medical malpractice is defined as negligence in the medical care and treatment provided by a healthcare professional. There are many different types of medical malpractice claims. Injury from the following can be the

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Arbitrator: Granby wrong to suspend ex-fire chief John Mitchell; hearing on propriety of firing yet to come

From Jim Russell | Special to The Republican November 9, 2020 GRANBY – An arbitrator on Wednesday determined the Selectboard lacked justification to suspend, without pay, the town’s former fire chief, John Mitchell, while he was still an employee earlier this year. The Selectboard’s office has not responded to a request for comment. “The Town is hereby ordered to immediately rescind the suspension, remove all

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