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Category: Personal Injury

Snow Removal and Indemnification of Business Owners

Last week’s snowstorm made it clear that winter has officially arrived, bringing along with it, some treacherous conditions. When navigating through icy sidewalks and piles of snow, it is important to be knowledgeable about the laws surrounding a slip and fall incidents. Say, for example, you slip on a patch of ice in the parking lot outside of a store and injure yourself. You definitely have a personal injury claim, but against whom?   While

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The Dangers of Falling Snow and Ice

As the weather gets colder in New England, many people are already carrying out winterization measures to protect their homes and businesses. Road salt has been purchased, shovels dug out of garages, and tires swapped out. With all this attention paid—and rightfully paid—to the hazards of traveling on foot or by car through a winter wonderland. However, paying attention to snow on the ground should not come at the expense of preparing for snow on

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How does insurance coverage differ when a motorcycle is involved?

Massachusetts motor vehicle laws and coverage requirements differ for vehicle owners and motorcyclists. It’s essential to understand your coverage before an accident occurs so you can be prepared for unforeseen incidents. After all, that’s why you have coverage in the first place. Everyone is required by law to have a specific line of coverage for a vehicle to be lawfully on the road. This coverage is called personal injury protection benefits. The benefits of this

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Know The Legal Steps To Take After A Wrongful Death Caused By An Auto Accident

Struggling with the loss of a loved one is never easy. Figuring out the legal steps when dealing with a wrongful death due to an auto accident is difficult, which is why we’re here to help ease this troubling time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are more than 32,367 fatalities annually as a result of car crashes. Such collisions are often a result of the negligence of another person.

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Rear-end collisions and the rush to settle

Rear-end collisions are not uncommon, but they are not simple or routine. Repeat after me: there is no such thing as a ‘simple’ rear-end collision. Again, there is no such thing as a “routine” rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions come on a sliding scale, ranging from the annoying to the frightening to the downright devastating. A long-haul trucker whose brakes fail at an off-ramp can total cars, wreck bodies, and take lives. On the other hand,

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My husband was in a fatal accident, can I file a wrongful death claim?

Under Massachusetts law, a person or company may be liable for wrongful death if the death of another is caused by (1) negligence, or failing to exercise reasonable care, (2) a “wanton or reckless act,” or (3) a breach of warranty. In order to bring forward a wrongful death claim, the surviving individual must have suffered damages due to the untimely death of another. Precisely who those survivors can be varies from state to state.

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Your Liability as a Social Host

In a recent case, resulting in a $300,000 settlement, the parents of a 17 year old high school student were found liable under social host law, for injuries that occurred at a party on their property. The aforementioned party was unsupervised, and alcohol was present. Two boys began wrestling during the party and as a result, one suffered a burst fracture. Although the parents were not present, nor directly responsible for the incident that transpired,

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Third-party claims on Worker’s Comp. cases

A worker’s compensation claim will cover the cost of any medical bills and lost wages incurred from any injuries that have occurred while in the course of employment. If you have a worker’s compensation claim, there is a strong possibility that you also have a claim against a 3rd party. This third party can be anyone who may have contracted your employer, such as a separate company or a private property owner. There are a

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Is Rental Car Insurance Necessary?

If you are planning on renting a car during your travels this summer, you are certainly familiar with the multitude of extra costs that can be tacked on. You may be asking yourself the particular question: do I need insurance for this rental car? While a rental company may tell you that their insurance is necessary, this is not always the case. First, let’s talk about what happens when you get in an accident in

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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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