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Category: Personal Injury

How long do I have to pursue a car accident claim?

In Massachusetts, you have three years from the date of the accident to bring a claim for your injuries.  This is called the Statute of Limitations (SOL).  The public policy reason behind a SOL is it would be inherently unfair to have a lawsuit come out of thin air years after an accident when all of the evidence and documentation is lost.  In order to preserve your rights to bring a claim, you must file

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Bicyclists Beware- follow the rules of the road!

If you are hit by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may not be able to recover for your personal injuries if you are not following the “rules of the road”.  Bicyclists are required to ride with the traffic; that means in the same direction.  If you are struck by a motor vehicle while riding against traffic, you are likely to be found more than 50% at fault for the accident.  I always

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Personal Injury FAQ

When bringing about a personal injury claim, it is difficult to navigate the process on your own. If you believe that you have a claim, it is always a good idea to set up a consultation with a lawyer. Some common personal injury cases include: motor vehicle accidents, work place injuries, slip and falls, and medical malpractice.   Once you hire an Attorney, a typical personal injury case takes anywhere from six months to three

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Injured on public property?

After a winter storm, your risk of a slip and fall drastically increases due to an accumulation of ice and snow. It is the responsibility of a business owner to properly remove snow from their sidewalk and parking lots. However, you may be wondering: what if a slip and fall occurs on public property? If you are injured on public property, the process of bringing a claim against a town or city is different than

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Gaps in Treatment in Your PI Case

If you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, and you are in the process of bringing a claim, an attorney will give you one important piece of advice: treat until you are 100% recovered. It is important to continuously treat, not just for the sake of your personal health, but for legal purposes. A gap in treatment can devalue your case. If there is no medical record of your injuries, it will be

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Contributory Negligence and how it impacts your personal injury case.

Under Massachusetts law, “Contributory Negligence” states that if the injured party is found to be more negligent than the responsible party, the injured cannot recover compensation. Plaintiffs can recover compensation if they are under 51% responsible for the incident. However, if it is found that the Plaintiff was negligent, they cannot be awarded damages. In a recent case out of Middlesex Superior Court, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while on a crosswalk. She

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Who pays the medical expenses when you are hit as a pedestrian?

In Massachusetts, if you are involved in a car accident, you are entitled to Personal Injury Protection, or “PIP” coverage. This policy ensures that your initial medical expenses related to the accident are covered. PIP coverage typically comes from your automobile insurance company; but what if you are hit as a pedestrian? If you are hit by a car as a pedestrian, you are more likely to sustain severe injuries, and consequently incur higher medical

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Clear off your car!

While there is no specific law on the books requiring motorists to clear their vehicles of snow and ice, there are several laws that they can use to ticket motorists who fail to do so. One is a $40.00 fine for impeded operation and there is a $200.00 fine for driving with an unsecured load. This would include the heavy sheets of snow and ice on a vehicle’s roof.

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When you get paid under the table

Can you still bring a Worker’s Compensation claim if you are paid “under the table?” Working for an employer who pays you in cash or “under the table,” can seem beneficial; however, this practice does not come without risks. Industries that are prone to this practice typically often involve physical labor and, subsequently, the risk of injury. So what happens if you get hurt on the job? When your wages are recorded, the path to

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Luke Bryan might think rain is a good thing but for motorists, it’s not and here’s why.

Are you aware that the most dangerous time to drive is immediately after it starts raining? The first few moments of a rainstorm pose an increased risk to drivers. And it’s not because of decreased visibility if that’s what you were thinking. Roadways are subject to build up from hazardous materials left behind by vehicles. During a dry spell oil and grease from car engines is built up on the roadway. In the first moments

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