When you buy a product, you expect that the manufacturer did its part in regards to safety. While this is usually true, there are times when a defective product slips through the cracks and makes its way to market.
There are three ways in which a manufacturer can be held liable for a defective product injury:
- Negligence. This is when a manufacturer fails to exercise the appropriate level of care when producing a product.
- Misrepresentation. Advertising and marketing campaigns lead consumers to believe a product isn’t what it seems to be.
- Breach of warranty. A product is unable to stand up to claims by the manufacturer.
Our website shares information on defective products and related injuries, however, always keep this in mind: no two situations are the same. If you have been injured by a defective product, and believe the manufacturer to be liable, be sure to contact us to discuss the finer details.
Drowsy driving is more common than most people believe. According to a 2005 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, “60% of adult drivers say they have driven a vehicle in a drowsy state over the past year.”
If that statistic doesn’t open your eyes, maybe this one will: more than 37 percent claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Drowsy driving is extremely dangerous, as it greatly increases the chance of a motor vehicle accident. Not only can this harm the person who is drowsy, but it can do the same to those in other vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 100,000 accidents every year are related to driver fatigue. Furthermore, this leads to roughly 1,550 deaths.
Truck drivers often times get a bad rap for driving too many hours, thus leading to sleepiness behind the wheel. But remember, anybody operating a motor vehicle could find him or herself too drowsy to drive.
In the event that a person is injured by a drowsy driver, he or she may be in position to recover compensation from the negligent party. We can help you better understand your legal rights and which steps to take.
The thought of being a victim of medical malpractice may be enough to scare you into learning more about the doctors you trust and the hospitals you visit. This is particularly true if you are pregnant and worried about the future health of your baby.
Negligence during childbirth is a serious concern. If a doctor or other medical professional makes an error during childbirth, it could result in an injury to the baby. Furthermore, it could harm the mother as well.
Some of the most common childbirth medical errors include:
- Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress
- Failure to anticipate potential complications
- Failure to order a C-section in a timely manner
- Improper use of delivery tools
You have enough going on when you are pregnant that you don’t want to be concerned about medical malpractice. That said, do your best to choose a medical professional and facility you can trust.
In the event of negligence during childbirth, it is essential to get your infant the medical attention he or she needs. From there, you can contact us to learn more about your legal rights.
If you have never been a victim of workplace discrimination, it may be difficult to understand just how big of a problem this remains throughout the country.
Every day, employees are discriminated against because of a disability, race, religion, or sex among other protected classifications.
There are both federal and state laws in place to protect workers against discrimination. These include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Fair Employment Practices Act
- The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act
Remember this: if you feel you are being discriminated against, you are not alone. There are many others in the same position. There are also many others who have escaped this type of discrimination.
If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm and/or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
For a better idea of how big of a problem this remains, review the EEOC’s newsroom webpage. It includes a variety of news releases regarding workplace discrimination cases and settlements.
Our website is full of information pertaining to personal injury law, employment law, and related topics. While we strive to provide you with high quality advice and guidance, there are times when another website could offer just as much.
Here are three online resources to review:
1. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you have any interest in discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation law, as well as recent cases, this online resource is a great place to start.
2. United States Department of Labor. More specifically, its pages on workers’ compensation are among the most detailed you will find. If you have been injured on the job, let the Department of Labor website provide you with all the information you need.
3. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This website is tops for specific information on Massachusetts personal injury law. We know the ins and outs of the law, however, there may be times when you want to conduct some preliminary research on your own. What better place to start than the state’s website?
It is your hopes that you never have to spend much time reviewing these online resources. If you do, there is a chance something has gone wrong. In addition to collecting information, don’t hesitate to contact us for personal guidance.
Massachusetts is home to approximately 6.7 million people. In addition to residents, many others visit the state for one reason or the next throughout the year.
Just the same as every other state, Massachusetts has laws in place to protect against drunk driving. Unfortunately, this hasn’t put a stop to this dangerous activity.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 118 drunk driving fatalities in the state last year, which represents roughly 36 percent of all traffic deaths.
If that statistic isn’t enough to open your eyes, here is one shared by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility: there were 8,541 driving under the influence arrests in 2012. That works out to more than 700 per month.
It is not uncommon for a person driving under the influence to cause a car accident. Furthermore, an accident can injure or kill innocent people.
Despite the best effort of law enforcement officials in Massachusetts, there is no way to eliminate drinking and driving. The best they can hope for is to reduce the number of people who drive while intoxicated.
If you spend anytime watching the news or reading the newspaper, you know that motor vehicle accidents are common throughout the area. Some of these are the result of driver negligence. Others come about due to a defective car part or some other circumstance.
There are things you can do to protect yourself against being involved in an accident, such as staying current with the news.
Here are several motor vehicle accident related stories from the past few weeks:
1. 3 people, dog die in Milton, N.H., car crash
2. Trinity Industries Awaits Court Ruling on Guardrail Penalty
3. Hyundai announces 200K car recall over steering issues
4. 25,000 Chrysler Cars Recalled for Transmission Problem
These news stories, among others, are well worth reading. You never know when you will pick up a nugget of information that improves your safety while behind the wheel.
In January, we published a wide variety of content to get the year started. February was no different, as we once again touched on many topics, from news stories to advice and much more.
Here are five of our most popular blog posts from last month:
1. Discrimination Claims Fall, a Problem Still Exists
2. Drinking and Driving: Know the Facts
3. Turn to the EEOC for Information and Guidance
4. Racial Discrimination Remains an Issue
5. The Dangers of Construction Site Accidents
With February behind us, it is onto March. This month, you can expect more high quality content. And as always, if you have any questions or require specific advice, we are here to help.
Any construction site accident, regardless of the circumstances, can cause serious injury or even death.
As a construction worker, or anybody visiting this type of site, it is imperative to follow all safety protocols at all times.
These types of construction site accidents are among the most common:
- Construction site falls
- Scaffold falls
- Electrical accidents
- Welding accidents
- Trench collapses
- Falling objects
It is easy to believe you will never be part of such an accident, but bad things happen when you least expect it.
If you find yourself in this position, the first thing you should do is receive medial attention. Even an injury that appears to be minor could have a far-reaching impact.
Once stabilized, you can discuss your accident with a knowledgeable construction site accident attorney. To go along with workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to additional compensation for injuries and other damages.
We know what it’s like to be involved in a construction site accident. If you find yourself in this position, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.
In today’s world, one would think that racial discrimination is many years in the past. Unfortunately, this is not true.
People continue to be discriminated against because of their race, with this often times happening at a place of employment.
DoSomething.org has shared a variety of statistics related to racial discrimination, including the following:
“Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of the white people stopped.”
This may have nothing to do with workplace discrimination, but it does prove that some level of racial discrimination remains.
If a person feels that he or she has been a victim, it may be time to consult with an experienced discrimination attorney. You may have be entitled to:
- Future lost earnings
- Back pay
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
We strongly believe that racial discrimination should be kept in the past. If you have been discriminated against at work, regardless of the reason, we are here to help.