You should seek treatment if you’re bitten by a dog

There are about a thousand people who require emergency care and treatment every single day in the United States for dog bite injuries. Are these attacks really that serious, and should you worry about the dogs in your neighborhood? While everyone’s situation is different, it is important to understand how dangerous a dog bite can really be. Even a bite from a small puppy can lead to infection that damages the body in irreparable ways. While not all dog attacks are vicious, it’s still the responsibility of the dog’s owner to compensate you for any medical care or damages you Continue Reading

2 injured in school bus crash in Massachusetts

As a parent, one of the most terrifying things you can find out is that your child has been involved in a school bus accident. If your child is hurt or even if you’re hurt when you’re chaperoning on a school trip, you have the right to pursue compensation from one of several sources, whether it’s the driver, school district or the person who hit you. In cases like this one, it may be the dangerous driver who bears the blame and has to absorb the cost of damages through an insurance claim or by being sued if insurance isn’t Continue Reading

What kinds of insurance claims are there?

After an accident, you may need to make an insurance claim. Many people work with their attorneys at this stage to make sure any settlement offers they receive are not only fair but also produced efficiently. Personal injury or accident attorneys also work with victims to negotiate better settlements or if they have to go to court to file a lawsuit. For those who are able to stick to insurance claims alone, there are a few different kinds. The first type of claim you will likely file is your first-party claim, which goes to your insurance carrier. The second, a Continue Reading

How do animal bite laws apply to an animal attack?

Maybe you were walking down the street when a stray dog bit you or were at a zoo when a wild animal got loose and attacked. Regardless of the situation, when you’re the victim of an animal attack, you have the right to seek compensation from the person responsible for that animal. Animal bite laws focus on liability concerns surrounding owning wild animals or pets. When you’re attacked by an animal, the laws state that whoever owns that animal is typically liable for the attack, particularly in the case of domesticated pets like dogs. It’s an owner’s duty to protect Continue Reading

There is hope for those who suffer a brain injury in a crash

After a head injury caused by a car accident, it’s not uncommon for a person to have some problems with his or her behavior. Survivors may have a number of neurological symptoms, some of which could change the person’s personality or behaviors. Some common symptoms of a brain injury include a loss of impulse control, poor concentration and judgment deficits; if you notice these in yourself or someone else after a head injury, then know that it’s a neurological condition that may change over time and that it can be monitored and treated in therapy. Even someone who has a Continue Reading

Texting may be impulsive act for Massachusetts drivers

What drivers feel and how they act can be two different things. Most, if not all, Boston drivers are well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. However, that knowledge hasn’t eliminated drunk-driving accidents. The same thought and action disconnect may be true for texting and driving, especially among young drivers. According to more than one survey, including a university poll released in March 2015, most drivers agreed texting while driving is a dangerous activity. At the same time, a significant portion of drivers admitted they did it anyway. A poll of over 900 drivers found 87 percent of Continue Reading

Get compensated for primary and secondary injuries

After being in a car accident, you may be left with a number of injuries. One of the worst is a brain injury, which directly affects your memory, motor functions, speech and other aspects of your life. When a brain injury is diagnosed after an accident, the patient is likely to have both primary and secondary injuries. Primary injuries are the initial injuries that happen at the time of the accident. For example, if you hit your head on a dashboard and fracture your skull, this would be a primary injury. A localized injury is another kind of primary injury. Continue Reading

Who is held liable for an animal attack?

When an animal bites you, do you know who is going to be held liable? In most cases, it’s going to be the owner of the animal who is responsible, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the owner will be paying out of his or her own pocket. Many people decide not to pursue compensation because of the worry that an animal’s owner will face some kind of financial hardship because of the incident, but there are several ways to get the compensation you need without that concern. The first kind of insurance likely to cover the cost of an animal Continue Reading

1 killed, 1 injured in party bus accident in East Boston

Whether you’re going to a party on a bus or are walking across the street, it’s always important to keep aware of your surroundings. You never know when a dangerous driver could be headed your direction or when you could be struck due to distractions that take a driver’s eyes off the road. While it’s not clear what happened in this case yet, if you have been hurt by another party who is responsible for your injuries due to negligence or distractions, you’re in a position to file a personal injury lawsuit. In this situation, a party bus in East Continue Reading

Distracted driving: Causing accidents every day

Distracted driving causes close to 40 percent of all accidents on the road today. Since the report in 2010, distracted-driving laws have been passed in many states around the country, and most will penalize drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road, who are texting while driving or who are participating in reckless driving activities. If you’re hit by someone who is behind the wheel of a truck and distracted, the results can be devastating. That’s why it’s so important to file a claim after a crash; you deserve the compensation to cover your needs now and in the future. Continue Reading

Work Related Motor Vehicle Accident {Worker’s Compensation Lien & Third Party Recovery} was resolved for $126,000

Work Related Motor Vehicle Accident {Worker’s Compensation Lien & Third Party Recovery} Attorney Perrault’s client was a passenger in a motor vehicle while in the course of his employment in Massachusetts. The motor vehicle was rear ended which caused the client serious lower back injuries. Because the client was in the course of his employment, he received substantial medical care and disability payments through worker’s compensation. Those benefits totaled over $11,000.00. In Massachusetts, worker’s compensation carriers have a “lien” against the personal injury claims of the client. In other words, from the personal injury recovery the worker’s compensation carrier has Continue Reading

Closed Head – Traumatic Brain Injury from a motor vehicle accident was resolved for $337,000

Closed Head- Traumatic Brain Injury {Motor Vehicle Accident} Attorney Perrault’s client, a New Hampshire resident, was struck at a moderate rate of speed by another vehicle. At the moment of impact, he struck his head hard on the inside of his vehicle. The client began to exhibit symptoms including loss of memory and headaches. The at-fault party’s insurance company paid its $20,000.00 policy limits. Thereafter, an underinsured motorist (UM) claim was made against the polity of the client. UM coverage is triggered when the at-fault party’s insurance coverage is insufficient to compensate the injured party. Initially, the UM carrier treated Continue Reading

Motor Vehicle Struck By Bus {Motor Vehicle Accident} Settled For $85,000

Motor Vehicle Struck By Bus {Motor Vehicle Accident} Attorney Perrault’s client was stopped in her vehicle waiting to take a left-hand turn when she was struck from behind by a bus. The claim was complicated by the fact that the client’s husband, who was a passenger, sustained no injury. The client on the other hand sustained injury to her shoulder, including a partial rotator cuff tear. The insurance company attempted to argue that this was a pre-existing injury and that the fact that the husband was not injured was proof that the wife did not sustain injury in this accident. Continue Reading

Rear-End Motor Vehicle (Dump-Truck) Accident resolved favorably to the client for $160,000.00.

Rear-End Motor Vehicle (Dump-Truck) Accident Attorney Perrault’s client, operating a dump truck, was rear ended by a limousine. Although the dump truck sustained little damage, the client began to experience memory loss and headaches immediately after the accident. Through the use of a neurophysiologist, Attorney Perrault was able to document that the client had sustained a traumatic brain injury. Although this closed head injury was not visible to the naked eye, the client’s change in personality, loss of memory, and headaches all assisted in the diagnosis. The initial offer on the case was $25,000.00. After substantial litigation, and immediately prior Continue Reading

Highway Motor Vehicle Accident settlement of $300,000 was negotiated during mediation

Highway Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Perrault’s client was traveling south on Route 93, and approaching the Route 495 South onramp. According to Attorney Perrault’s client, a second operator, driving very aggressively, attempted to force his way into the client’s travel lane causing a three car collision. The second operator maintained that as he attempted to pull into the travel lane of the client, the client sped up, causing the accident. An independent truck driver witness suggested that it appeared there was some “cat and mouse” going on. However, Attorney Perrault conducted a deposition of the third operator in the accident Continue Reading

Warehouse Worker Work Site Accident resulted in a total recovery of $298,833

Work Site Accident – Warehouse Worker Attorney Perrault’s client was a warehouse worker at a major New England supermarket. While the client was in the course of his employment at the supermarket warehouse, he sustained a crushing injury and fractures of his left tibia and fibula when a pneumatic dock plate engaged on his left leg. This occurred as the client backed out of a tractor-trailer while on a forklift. Attorney Perrault made claims against both the supermarket, and the company which serviced the pneumatic dock plates. The defense presented that the client should have been more aware of his Continue Reading

Motor Vehicle Accident & Wrongful Death settled before trial for $1,100,000

Motor Vehicle Accident & Wrongful Death Tragically, Attorney Perrault’s client was killed in a New Hampshire automobile accident when an oncoming, larger vehicle crossed the center line. A dispute arose as to which party crossed the center line. Through Attorney Perrault’s use of an accident reconstructionist, Attorney Perrault was able to show that the other party crossed the center line. Further, deposition testimony elicited by Attorney Perrault indicated that makeup was strewn about the floor of the other party’s vehicle, suggesting that the other driver, a woman, may have been in the course of applying makeup at the time of Continue Reading

2 pit bulls attack, maim woman and her pet Labrador

Dogs can be dangerous when they’re not trained correctly or suffer from various conditions. When they’re a hazard to others, it’s the responsibility of the pets’ owner to make sure they don’t harm others. If the dogs do, then they can be taken away and the owners could be held liable in court. The owner of two pit bulls has been arrested for a serious incident where his two dogs attacked and mauled a 60-year-old woman. According to the Aug. 4 news, the woman, who is from Salem, was walking her dog, a yellow Labrador, when she saw the two Continue Reading

Your injury may be the fault of a property owner

When you’re hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, you’ll need to prove fault to be compensated. While it might seem like it’s obvious that the property owner is at fault, that’s not always the case. One of the things that you need to prove is that the owner could have prevented the accident. For instance, if the owner knew there was a leaky roof but did nothing about it, an injury caused by the roof collapsing on you could be compensable by law. In the same situation, if the owner knew the roof was leaking and didn’t take Continue Reading

Summer dangers can cause collisions

What are the dangers of summer driving? There are numerous problems that can arise. Some common dangers include having more teen drivers on the roads, tire blowouts, construction, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road, road congestion from vacationers and the sun. When you’re driving, more teens on the roads means you’re surrounded by those with less experience. It’s not uncommon for teen drivers to make mistakes or get distracted, and that can lead to an accident. Tire blowouts are another concern. If your tires are overfilled in the summer, the heat can make the air expand and pop the tire. Continue Reading

World Wrestling Entertainment faces lawsuit from former wrestlers

Multiple traumatic impacts to the head can lead to chronic brain conditions like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or hemorrhages; while hemmorrhages and other impacts of concussions can be spotted, CTE typically can’t be identified until after death. If you’ve been injured and have lasting head trauma, it’s important to work with your attorney to obtain compensation, much like these wrestlers are today. World Wrestling Entertainment is being sued by former pro wrestlers in a lawsuit alleging that they have suffered long term neurological injuries while working for the company. The lawsuit claims that the company failed to care for the wrestlers Continue Reading

Avoiding dog bites isn’t always possible: You can seek a claim

When you walk down the street, visit a friend’s house or simply stay home, it’s likely you’re going to come into contact with dogs. They’re “man’s best friend,” but those friends can sometimes come with a bite. There are over 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year in the United States. Around one out of every five of those people will require medical attention to treat the injury. When you think about how many dogs are present in your life, you start to realize how easy it is to become a victim. Preventing injuries is something you can do Continue Reading

Cyclist killed in head-on collision in Cambridge

One of the ways that bicyclists can be badly hurt or killed is if a driver decides to suddenly open his or her car door into the roadway. If the driver doesn’t look to see if anyone is coming, doing that can cause the cyclist to swerve to avoid the door, making the cyclist move into traffic, or it can result in a head-on collision. This kind of incident shouldn’t happen, and when you’re in the road, you have the right of way like any other traveling vehicle. If you’re injured because someone swings a door open in front of Continue Reading

Check your transportation before getting inside

Before you book a bus or other transportation, it’s important for you to check on the company’s past. Has the company had lots of car or truck accidents, complaints from passengers or other issues? As a passenger, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting yourself. You’re putting your life into the hands of a driver you don’t know and a company you may not have used before; know the background before you take that risk. Typically, buses are one of the safest options for passengers, but getting into a crash can ruin your trip and leave you with injuries. Safety Continue Reading

Unintentional drownings: What you should know

Unintentional drownings are most common in the summer months, when children and families go to public pools, lakes and other waterways to cool off. Unintentional drownings affect around 10 people each day in the United States, with two of the 10 being 14 or younger. Even though only one in five people who die from drowning are children, for each death, there are five other children who have to receive emergency medical care for nonfatal submersion injuries. That’s part of the reason why it’s so important for premises owners to make sure pools or lakes aren’t easy for children to Continue Reading