You deserve to be compensated for dog bites

Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but when it comes down to it, these creatures are still capable of causing you serious harm. Not all dogs are bad, but those who aren’t treated well or who have poor temperaments could cause you serious injury. There are times when dog bites can be linked back to an owner’s liability. When that’s the case, the owner could be held liable for your injuries and made to pay you compensation. Many dog bite cases are strict liability cases, which means that the owner will automatically be liable for the injuries caused to you Continue Reading

Get compensated after a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts

Have you been injured in a car accident while riding your bike or walking through Massachusetts? If you were injured because the driver of the vehicle was being negligent, you are in a position where you can likely seek compensation for your injuries. Your injuries could be completely debilitating, leaving you with pain every day. You could be struggling with broken bones, nerve damage, or a traumatic brain injury. Perhaps you’ll recover from these injuries, but if you find that the damage is permanent, you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle. You could be tired from the pain or find it Continue Reading

Widely-known neighbor dies after Arlington pedestrian accident

Massachusetts civil courts don’t award damages for losses felt by a community when a person dies suddenly in a crash. If courts did consider widespread losses, we might have a better idea of the true impact of each person’s personal contributions to lives of neighbors, friends, co-workers, employers and local organizations. People in a community just north of Boston were familiar with the good deeds of an elderly man, which included playing music for customers of a pharmacy and the local library. Even at the age of 91, the man continued to shovel snow and make his daily trek with Continue Reading

Can a government be named in a Boston premises liability claim?

At one time, sovereign immunity laws provided full protection for governments against civil claims. The federal government and each state government still maintain sovereign immunity laws, but revised legislation added exceptions to the original rules. In some cases, under certain circumstances, governments can be held accountable for accidents resulting in personal injuries and wrongful deaths. There are no uniform nationwide standards for government immunity in premises liability cases. Immunity laws are state specific. In Massachusetts, for example, local governments may be liable forsnow or ice-related injuries or defects on public property, provided a plaintiff can show the defendant was negligent. Continue Reading

Who pays for losses related to Massachusetts dog bites?

About 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical treatment. Reconstructive surgery was needed for 27,000 victims of dog attacks in 2012. Massachusetts law states an animal owner or keeper is liable for the damages caused by a dog bite. A dog owner is not accountable for attacks on trespassers or individuals who tease or abuse a dog, provided the bite recipient is 7 or older. Damages following a dog bite may include pain and suffering, lost wages and short- or Continue Reading

The victims of Massachusetts dog bites and their injuries

Despite what some Boston residents believe, any dog — pure bred or mixed breed — may bite. For some dogs, biting occurs only after extreme provocation. Victims bear the pain and suffering, no matter what precedes a dog bite – 50 percent of the injured are children, mostly ages 5 to 9. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year. Around 885,000 people require medical treatment. Injuries were serious enough for 27,000 dog bite victims in 2012 to require reconstructive surgery. A 2010 study by the Agency Continue Reading

Premises liability and winter weather

Colder temperatures are moving in, and soon Massachusetts residents will see the first hint of the winter to come. While everyone knows that snow can make for treacherous driving conditions, it can also mean slippery walking surfaces and an increased risk of injuries from falls. If you or someone you know is injured after falling on an icy patch outside of a home or business, you may have legal options to pursue monetary compensation for medical expenses or other losses. Under Massachusetts law, home and business owners have the responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that their properties do Continue Reading

Woman ejected from vehicle in car accident

Busy metropolitan areas are almost synonymous with heavy traffic, and bumper-to-bumper conditions and aggressive drivers can make accidents more likely. While there can be contributing factors in an accident that are beyond either driver’s control, when the post-crash investigation finds one party at fault, the other victims may be able to file a civil suit. One woman was taken to a Boston hospital after she was ejected from her vehicle in a two-car accident. According to reports, the crash occurred on the evening of Oct. 11, when a Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Silverado collided. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Continue Reading

Family of Boston student killed in fire files suit

The tragic fire that occurred at on April 28, 2013, and claimed the life of a Boston University marine science major has resulted in a wrongful death suit. According to reports, the fire took place at 87 Linden St., a building that was rented out to several tenants. The fire reportedly started in one of the lower levels of the building, but the third-floor residents — including the 22-year-old student who died — were not aware of the fire until a smoke detector in the attic went off. By that time, reports indicate the flight of stairs that was the Continue Reading

Massachusetts accident under investigation, 5 injured

A two-vehicle accident in Massachusetts left five people injured and police trying to piece together what happened. According to reports, the car accident occurred on July 25 around 3:29 p.m. The crash happened close to the Tyngsboro Bridge at the intersection of Kendall Road and Middlesex Road. Both vehicles were seriously damaged in the accident, and five people were transported to local hospitals. One unidentified male was taken to Boston Medical Center by helicopter for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Four others had to be transported to Lowell General Hospital, but their conditions and injuries were not reported. According to reports, Continue Reading

Dog bites may be more likely from animals tied up outside

Dog bites are often attributed to a higher genetic level of aggressiveness in certain breeds, but even normally friendly dogs may be more likely to bite in certain circumstances. Dogs can bite for many reasons, including out of fear, because they are sick or injured or to protect their owners from a perceived threat. Dog bites may be more common during the summer months, however, because more dogs are chained up outside for longer periods of time. Current Massachusetts law prohibits a dog from being tied up outside for longer than 24 hours. However, some animal activists believe even this Continue Reading

Massachusetts man accused of hit-and-run

A 34-year-old Massachusetts man was being held awaiting a $10,000 bail as of July 10, after he allegedly crashed his car into a 15-year-old riding a motor scooter and then fled the scene. According to reports, the crash happened during the evening hours of July 9 at the intersection of Standish and Kingsdale streets in Dorchester. Witnesses reported that the teen had been attempting to make a turn when the red Infiniti the 34-year-old was allegedly driving hit the 15-year-old. Witnesses claim that the car then left the scene with a cracked windshield. According to police, officers saw the vehicle Continue Reading

Massachusetts man injured trying to save pet in dog attack

An 83-year-old man was injured at a Massachusetts beach on June 25 while trying to rescue his dog after it was attacked by a pit bull. According to witnesses, the incident happened in the late afternoon, early evening hours at Wollaston Beach. The 83-year-old man was apparently sitting on a wall with his collie-mix dog when a pit bull broke free from its owner, who was on rollerblades and unable to control the animal. The witness stated that she saw the pit bull lunge at the other dog. The 10-year-old collie-mix was killed in the attack. The man was apparently Continue Reading

3-car crash on Interstate 95 injures 5, kills 1

A Massachusetts crash has ended with five injured and one dead. According to police, the crash involved three cars and occurred on May 30 during rush hour traffic around 4:30 p.m. A Range Rover going north on Interstate 95 reportedly went into the median and then hit a Toyota Camry that was traveling in the southbound lanes. The Range Rover also hit a Ford Edge, according to reports. The Toyota Camry was hit head-on, and a 59-year-old who was in the car was killed at the scene of the accident. A 62-year-old man and a 28-year-old man who were in Continue Reading

Massachusetts trooper suspended from duty following car accident

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police has announced the indefinite suspension from duty without pay of a trooper who was recently arrested following an alleged drunk driving car accident. The spokesperson said that the man’s suspension status will be reassessed depending on the results of his criminal proceedings. The trooper was arrested after he was involved in an off-duty car accident that caused serious injury to his passenger. Police say that the off-duty motor vehicle accident occurred just prior to 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. A passenger who was riding with the trooper suffered critical injuries in Continue Reading

59-year-old driver killed in tragic car accident

A 59-year-old woman has been killed in an extremely tragic car crash in a neighboring state. The incident occurred on April 18 at approximately 3:30 p.m. According to troopers, a 21-year-old man who lost control of his vehicle caused the car accident. Unfortunately, accidents like these happen every day on Massachusetts roads. Troopers believe that the man was driving westbound in the direction of roadway intersection when he lost control of his car. Allegedly, he veered off the road into a field. Rather than stopping, though, his vehicle continued until it entered another road. Next, the young man’s automobile collided Continue Reading

7-year-old girl dies in Massachusetts drunk driving accident

A Massachusetts woman has appeared in court to face charges involving the death of a 7-year-old pedestrian. According to prosecutors, the woman was under the influence of alcohol when she killed the young girl in a drunk driving accident. The victim’s mother also appeared at the hearing and was seen with tears in her eyes. The mother and her daughter had been walking together, holding each other’s hands, when the woman struck them. The mother said that she was hoping for some kind of an apology from the allegedly drunk driver regarding her daughter’s death, but none was forthcoming. She Continue Reading

Massachusetts family reaches settlement in boy’s escalator death

Young children love to explore the world around them. Seeing new things automatically makes them want to go check those new things out. Children who visit stores that have escalators are usually drawn to the moving stairs. For one 4-year-old Massachusetts boy, getting on the escalator on the second floor of the Auburn Mall ultimately led to his death in March of 2011. The little boy fell approximately 18 feet from the escalator. He landed on a display case. He died the following day from head injuries caused by the accident. The boy’s death led to an increased focus on Continue Reading

Teen sentenced in fatal 2012 Massachusetts car accident

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a serious responsibility that some teenagers might not always treat as such. When any driver fails to obey traffic signals and other posted traffic guidelines, accidents can occur. For one Sandwich, Massachusetts, teen, failing to stop at a red traffic signal resulted in the death of one person and serious consequences for him. The car accident occurred on Nov. 30, 2012, when the teen drove through a red light and hit a woman’s car. She was turning left off of Route 132 onto the eastbound Route 6 ramp. He was traveling north Continue Reading

Massachusetts boy dies when television at school falls on him

When you send your child to school, you reasonably expect that your child will be properly cared for while he or she is there. You have the reasonable expectation that the school has taken stops to ensure that dangerous property hazards have been dealt with in an appropriate manner. For one family, those expectations weren’t realized. The incident occurred at Elm Street School when an 8-year-old child died after a cart and large television fell on him. The child was participating in an after school program when the accident occurred at around 4 in the afternoon. He was taken to Continue Reading

An animal attack from a cat might necessitate hospitalization

A person who gets bitten by a cat might not think much of the bite. They might clean the bite and apply some sort of medication to it. A recent study done by the Mayo Clinic shows that self-treating a cat bite might not be a good idea. In fact, the study reveals that a cat bite to the hand might mean a hospital stay. A researcher for the study says that a cat’s teeth can drive bacteria deep into the affected tissue. This can lead to infection. The study looked at 193 cat bite patients who were bitten on Continue Reading

Motor vehicle accident involving ambulance claims 1 life

A person who calls an ambulance has the reasonable expectation of getting the medical care they need and arriving at the hospital safely. In most cases, that is exactly what happens. In a recent case, however, an ambulance that was transporting a patient was involved in an accident. The 58-year-old woman was being transported to the hospital by Community EMS after having medical treatment at a clinic. The motor vehicle accident happened when a Mercedes sedan being driven by a female traveled into the path of the ambulance. The driver of the sedan failed to stop at a stop sign Continue Reading

7-car crash in Massachusetts injures 4, kills 1

A seven-vehicle accident that injured four people and killed a woman occurred in Norwood on New Year’s Day. The car accident happened on Interstate 95 shortly after 2 a.m. when the 23-year-old driver of an Audi hit a guardrail in the northbound lanes. The initial crash caused a chain reaction that involved six other vehicles and forced authorities to divert traffic until about 6 a.m. The driver of the Audi, which had spun to face oncoming traffic after the initial collision, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Boston Medical Center in critical condition. There was a 25-year-old passenger in Continue Reading

Elderly Massachusetts man dies in car crash

Commuters around Boston may have been affected by a deadly car crash that occurred near routes 5 and 10 during late December 2013. An 84-year-old man from Westfield died in the motor vehicle accident. The vehicles collided at the intersection of Elm Street and North King Street, at the Exit 21 off-ramp on I-91 in Northampton. Police are investigating the events that led to the accident. The driver’s side of the 84-year-old man’s vehicle was severely damaged after a pickup truck smashed into it. According to the deputy fire chief of Northampton, responders had to extract one of the drivers Continue Reading

2 women injured in burning car

Massachusetts police responded to reports of flames engulfing a car on I-495 the morning of Dec. 16, 2013. According to police, two women suffered non-life threatening injuries in the motor vehicle accident. An ambulance rushed both women to Milford Regional Medical Center for their injuries. The accident occurred at 11:20 a.m. Police determined that the accident occurred as a 1999 Land Rover headed south, crossed over the median at a high speed and crashed into a 2013 Lexus that was driving northbound. The 1999 Land Rover caught fire after the impact of the collision. The 22-year-old male driver of the Continue Reading