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

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

How long do I have to file a Massachusetts dog bite lawsuit?

Personal injury claims are on a time clock. Laws in every state set time limits or statutes of limitation for filing civil lawsuits. In Massachusetts, most liability claims must be filed within three years of the date of injury, including cases involving dog bites. Some states impose filing deadlines as short as one year. Very limited filing periods are also common when injury or death claims are brought against a government. In some states, plaintiffs are allotted up to six years to petition a court for damages. Limited filing times allow civil cases to reach an end point, when no Continue Reading

Massachusetts car seat rules and recommendations

If you’re a Boston parent, it’s likely you spend a lot of time traveling with your kids. You’re always driving somewhere: school, shopping, extracurricular activities, appointments and social occasions. When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to forget the basics. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires children to be properly restrained in vehicles, according to their age and height. Eight is the minimum age to wear a seat belt, independent of other restraints. The exception — younger children over 57 inches tall and a height of at least 4-feet 8-inches — also may ride with a seat belt. Some 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

Animal bites: Beyond the dog

While dog bites may make the news most often in Massachusetts, they are not the only kind of injury that a person can suffer in an animal attack. If you are injured while interacting with another person’s cat, horse, other livestock animal or a wild animal being kept in captivity, it may still be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, injuries suffered from another animal are handled the same way when it comes to holding a party liable as dog bites. In general, the victim must show that the animal’s owner was negligent. This most often Continue Reading

Paul Walker dies in Porsche wreck

There are Porsche executives who claim that racing enthusiasts have known for years how dangerous it is to drive the 2005 Carrera GT. The same vehicle Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker had a car accident in, is notorious for intimidating some of the world’s most renowned race car drivers. The initial launch of the Carrera GT was actually delayed because in-house racing experts believed the power produced by the car was too much for the average person to safely drive. World-famous car enthusiast Jay Leno spun out of control in a Carrera GT while driving on Talladega track in Continue Reading

Man injured in motor vehicle accident at pizza eatery

A driver has been cited in a crash that injured a patron inside Papa Gino’s pizza restaurant. The allegedly negligent driver is a 73-year-old Massachusetts resident who left the roadway following a rear-end collision with another auto. The driver reportedly attempted to hit the brakes in his Ford F-150, and a Brockton police sergeant followed up by stating that the driver appeared to have instead pressed the accelerator. The scene of the motor vehicle accident was the 600 block of Crescent Street in Brockton’s east side on a Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported from the initial car accident. The Continue Reading

A third of homeowner liability claims due to dog bites

Massachusetts dog owners may be interested in the following information about dog bite liability. According to the latest data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, dog bites continue to make up one-third of insurance payouts for homeowner liability claims. Insurance companies payed out nearly $500 million for dog bite claims in 2012. Dog bite claims are paid under a homeowner’s liability insurance. The insurance covers dog bites that occur in the home or when the dog is out with a homeowner on a walk. A spokesperson for the institute stated that some companies include all dog-related Continue Reading

Boy hit by car while riding his bicycle; he is sent to hospital

A 14-year-old boy is recovering after being hit in a car accident while bicycling on Spruce Street in Milford, Massachusetts. The boy suffered a head injury, but the full extent of the injury is still unclear. He had been placed in a medically induced coma but is now recovering. The boy was breathing when police arrived at the scene and was responsive to paramedics on the ride to the hospital. So far, authorities have determined that he was riding alone and without a helmet. He was hit while crossing the street by a 78-year-old woman in a sedan. She was Continue Reading