As unfortunate as it may be, motor vehicle accidents are extremely common. Some of these accidents don’t cause any harm to the drivers and passengers. Others, however, result in injury or death.
Below are several car accident stories from the past few weeks:
- Teen from Medway dies after fiery car crash
- Man, woman die in car crash
- Passenger ejected from car, killed in 7-car Stoughton crash
- 3 taken to Boston hospital with serious injuries after Salem crash
- Two critically injured in Ashland car crash
From single vehicle accidents to those in which multiple vehicles are involved, the chance of an injury or fatality exists.
Anybody who is involved in a motor vehicle accident should first receive medical attention. From there, they can learn more about the incident, contact their insurance company, and decide how to receive compensation for damages.
From cars to power tools to baby items, consumers understand that using any product comes with a risk. However, they don’t expect the product to cause harm when used properly.
While not always the case, there are situations in which a manufacturer can be held liable for an injury caused by a defective product. As a consumer, you need to understand these situations:
- When advertising tricks a consumer into believing a product is something it’s not.
- A manufacturer fails to take the proper level of care in producing the product.
- Breach of warranty. A product does not meet the claims made by the manufacturer.
If you suffer an injury caused by a defective product, there are two things you need to do:
- Receive immediate medical attention.
- Consult with a knowledgeable defective product injury lawyer.
If you want to learn more about this side of the law, perhaps because you believe you have a case, contact us today.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice? Answering this question is never as simple as it sounds.
Every year, thousands of people die or are injured due to preventable medical errors. While some incidents are reported, others are swept under the rug because the victim does not speak up.
There are many forms of medical malpractice, including but not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat a medical condition
- Medication errors
- Surgical malpractice
Doctors and hospitals must be held accountable for avoidable mistakes, as this is the only way to improve the medical system as a whole.
If you have any concerns regarding medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced personal injury law firm. Experience, knowledge, and resources can make a big difference in this type of case.
In addition to helping you receive the compensation you deserve, we also do whatever it takes to facilitate the proper medical care. In the end, you can trust us to help you regain control of your life.
If you are injured by a negligent party and seeking compensation, it is not time to make a rash decision regarding your legal help. Instead, you need to find a personal injury law firm that has the experience, knowledge, and past success to put you on the right path.
We our proud of our many achievements and acknowledgements, such as those from the Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Metro Paper, and many local television stations.
However, what we are most proud of are the many people we have helped over the years. There is no better feeling than helping a person regain control of his or her life following an accident.
If you want to learn more about our law firm, including what we have done for others, visit our testimonials webpage. It is here that you will see what our past clients think about us.
Last month, we discussed a variety of winter safety tips for pedestrians. This time around, let’s focus on another group of people: drivers.
When the weather takes a turn, which is sure to happen sooner rather than later, you must understand what this means to you as a driver.
Below are three driving tips that can help keep you safe this winter:
- Slow down. If the roads are slippery, maybe due to snow or ice, it is imperative to slow down and take extra caution. The faster you drive the greater chance there is that you will lose traction.
- Avoid the use of cruise control on slippery surfaces. During highway driving, this feature may be one you use often. However, doing so on slippery surfaces is a mistake. You need to be 100 percent in control of your vehicle at all times. Cruise control is a great feature for summer driving, but not so much in the winter.
- Regularly check the air in your tires. Overinflated tires, for example, can make it difficult to remain in contact with the roadways, thus increasing the chance of an accident. It can be a hassle to check your tire pressure when the temperature is cold, but it can go a long way in improving your safety.
Final tip: pay close attention to other drivers on the road, as they may not be following these same winter driving tips.
With October in the books, the final two months of the year are closing in fast. Even with the holidays, we won’t stop providing you with high quality content and advice.
If you missed reading any of our blog posts published last month, there is still time to review the information. For those in a rush, here are links to five of the most popular posts from October 2015:
- Overlooked Causes of Car Accidents
- Retaliation and Adverse Action
- Pedestrian Safety During the Winter Months
- 3 Important Car Accident Statistics
- Are you Using the Right Car Seat?
Don’t forget to visit us often for fresh content in November.
The majority of drivers are familiar with the most common causes of car accidents, such as speeding and drinking and driving. But are you aware of these overlooked causes that can also lead to property damage, injury, and even death?
- Driver fatigue. Just the same as driving under the influence, this behavior is extremely dangerous. When a person is too tired to drive, they make poor decisions on the road. Subsequently, the risk of an accident is much greater.
- Rubber-necking. It doesn’t matter what is going on around you, it is never a good idea to take your eyes off the road. Don’t watch other accidents. Don’t check out the scenery. Instead, keep your eyes on the road at all times.
- Road defects. There are many examples of this, such as an improperly programed traffic light and construction zones that are not safely maintained.
Any motor vehicle accident, regardless of the cause, is serious enough to change a person’s life forever. Make sure you are familiar with every potential cause, as this can help you avoid trouble.
The EEOC defines adverse action as follows:
“An adverse action is an action taken to try to keep someone from opposing a discriminatory practice, or from participating in an employment discrimination proceeding.”
Discrimination in the workplace remains a problem. Furthermore, retaliation is often the basis of discrimination. Some examples of this behavior include:
- Assaulting a person in an attempt to deter them from pursuing their rights.
- Employment actions, such as denying a promotion or refusing to hire a particular person.
- Other types of action that affect employment, such as unjustified evaluations or threats.
The EEOC understands that discrimination and retaliation continues to plague many companies and workers throughout the country. If you want to learn more about this, visit our workplace discrimination webpage. We can help you better understand your employee rights.
With the winter months closing in, it won’t be long before cold weather, snow, and ice are a regular occurrence.
Even if you enjoy the winter weather, it is important to understand the safety risks associated with the change of the season.
Business owners and homeowners have a responsibility to take proper care of the exterior of their property. It is important for everybody to keep an eye on the weather, ensuring that they address any concerns as they arise. For example, a business owner should clear snow from their parking lot and walkway to improve pedestrian safety.
We discuss this detail in great depth on our “Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Attorney” webpage. Here is a passage to remember:
“Snow, ice and sidewalk slip and fall cases may authorize you to damages including the covering of medical bills, lost wages, loss of potential earnings and even mental and emotional reparations.”
As a pedestrian during the winter months, make sure you do your best to avoid a slip and fall accident. If you do find yourself injured in such an accident, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights.
In today’s world, everybody is in a hurry. Furthermore, people are more connected than ever before.
This may not be a big deal in an office setting, for example, but it is extremely dangerous behind the wheel.
Distracted driving remains a huge problem, as this behavior kills and injures thousands of people every year.
The following two statistics, provided by Distraction.gov, prove how serious this behavior can be:
“In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”
“Approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012.”
Think about those numbers for a second. This means that roughly eight people were killed every day in a distracted driving related accident.
Even though you may avoid distracted driving, no matter what it takes, other drivers may not do the same. For this reason, you could be involved in an accident due to no fault of your own. If this happens, you need to understand your legal rights. You can learn more by contacting us.