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Jan
27
2015

Man’s Best Friend can be Unfriendly

Most dogs are friendly and lovable. Furthermore, most owners realize the importance of safety. For this reason, most dogs that are unfriendly are kept away from situations that could turn harmful.

There are times when a dog attacks, often times leaving the victim with permanent injuries. If this happens, there is nothing more important than seeking immediate medical attention.

Once the victim is stabilized and aware of his or her injuries and treatment schedule, it is time for the person to consider their legal options.

Did you know that the victim’s homeowners insurance will often cover any damage associated with a dog attack or bite? This can include the following:

  • Medical care
  • Rabies immunization
  • Scarring
  • Lost wages
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering

Here is a list of the most dangerous dog breeds. Many of these breeds account for a large number of dog attacks in the United States every year.

If you or a loved one is attacked and injured by a dog, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and to contact us for assistance.

Jan
23
2015

Ruby Tuesday Hit with Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Discrimination in the workplace remains a problem in the United States, with many companies crossing the line and breaking the law.

Ruby Tuesday is one of the most well known casual dining restaurants in the country, with more than 800 locations. Recently, the company was sued by the EEOC for sex discrimination.

According to the lawsuit, the company posted a job announcement for temporary summer positions, complete with company provided housing, in Park City, Utah. One man was interested in applying, but was told that only females would be considered for the positions. Furthermore, the company held true to this, only hiring females when the time came.

The EEOC San Francisco regional attorney in charge of the case noted the following:

“It’s rare to see an explicit example of sex discrimination like Ruby Tuesday’s internal job announcement. This suit is a cautionary tale to employers that sex-based employment decisions are rarely justified, and are not consistent with good business judgment.”

This is just one example of how discrimination in the workplace can impact employees, as well as the company as a whole. If a person finds him or herself in this position, consulting with an experienced attorney may be in their best interest.

Jan
20
2015

These Bicycle Accident Statistics Concern Many

Are you the type of person who enjoys jumping on your bike and taking a ride? It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are traveling, nothing changes the fact that your safety is priority number one.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents continue to occur in every state throughout the country. Here are some statistics, shared by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, outlining the dangers:

  • There were 726 bicyclist deaths in 2012.
  • There were 49,000 bicyclist injuries in 2012.
  • The number of bicyclist injuries increased by 8.9 percent between 2001 and 2011.
  • Bicyclist injuries and death cost the United States roughly $4 billion every year.

These statistics are concerning, especially among those who spend a lot of time on their bike.

If a person is struck by a vehicle, there is nothing more important than receiving medical care. From there, it is time to gather all the information related to the accident. At that point, many people realize the final step in the process is consulting with a personal injury attorney.

Jan
16
2015

Another Guardrail Test Conducted in San Antonio

Last month, we published a blog post entitled “Testing of Trinity Guardrails Begins.” In it, we discussed the current state of Trinity Industries and the safety concerns of the government regarding its commonly used guardrail system.

According to reports, testing of the guardrail system continues. The fifth of eight tests was completed yesterday at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. This test entailed a truck, traveling at 62 mph, crashing into the guardrail. KSAT noted that the crash caused “a portion of the truck’s exterior to peel back.”

With the next test scheduled for today, the Federal Highway Administration has not released much information regarding the results. However, once the eighth and final test is concluded, the results will be shared with the public.

If a person is injured by a defective product, such as a guardrail, he or she may want to discuss the possibility of a lawsuit with a personal injury attorney.

Jan
13
2015

Compensation for Workplace Sexual Harassment

Do you feel you have been sexually harassed at your place of employment? If so, there is nothing more important than removing yourself from the situation as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is essential to report this activity to the appropriate party, such as your supervisor or human resource department.

Once you speak with the appropriate party at your company, it is time to reach out to an experienced sexual harassment attorney.

You may find yourself entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Future lost earnings
  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Attorney fees
  • Punitive damages

Nobody wants to be a victim of sexual harassment, however, this happens all the time. There are laws in place to protect you and provide the privacy and equality you deserve. Nobody should feel like they have to put up with this. Instead, there are steps a person can take to put this behind them once and for all.

Jan
9
2015

Car Accident News Stories

Regardless of where you live, it is easy to go through your day without thinking about being involved in an accident. However, if you find yourself on the road at any time, you may find yourself in close proximity to a collision.

Here are several car accident news stories out of the local area:

1. 2 killed in car crash on Route 90 in Westborough

2. Teen Killed In Three-Car Crash In Rockland

3. I-93 Reopens After NH Pileups Involving 35 Cars, Vehicle Fire; No Serious Reported Injuries

No two motor vehicle accidents are the same, but one thing never changes: the chance of at least one person being injured or killed.

There are things you can do to decrease the chance of being involved in an accident. Even then, there is no guarantee that another driver won’t make a mistake that involves you and others.

Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident? If so, it may be time to learn more about your legal rights.

Jan
6
2015

December 2014 Blog Review

Now that 2014 has come and gone, it is time to look towards the new year. Before doing so, however, you may want to look back at some of the many posts we published during the month of December.

Here are five pieces from last month that are well worth reading for the first time, or visiting again:

1. Bike Riding Injuries: Common and Harmful

2. Understanding Injuries that Result in a Personal Injury Claim

3. Sexual Harassment at Work: Don’t be a Victim

4. Types of Surgical Malpractice, Patient Options

5. Testing of Trinity Guardrails Begins

As 2015 wears on, we will continue to update our blog with high quality advice, guidance, and news stories. Be sure to check back often!

Dec
30
2014

Bike Riding Injuries: Common and Harmful

Riding a bike, regardless of your final destination, can be a lot of fun. On top of this, it is one of the best ways to get exercise.

Unfortunately, there are times when a bicyclist is involved in an accident. In some cases, this means a collision with a motor vehicle.

Statistics show that more than 700 people were killed in a bicycle – motor vehicle crash in 2012. This may not sound like a large number, but it means that roughly two people per day were killed in such an accident.

Furthermore, and just as alarming, is the fact that nearly 50,000 people are injured in a bicycle accident every year. From broken bones to abrasions to brain injury, there is nothing about a bicycle accident to take lightly.

There are times when another party, such as the driver of a motor vehicle, is responsible for injuries suffered by a bicyclist. In this case, the victim or their family may decide to learn more about their legal rights.

While there are things bicyclists can do to reduce the risk of an accident, there is no way of guaranteeing that drivers are going to do the same. This is why so many accidents occur in the United States every year.

Dec
23
2014

Understanding Injuries that Result in a Personal Injury Claim

From a motor vehicle accident to a construction site accident to a slip and fall, there are dangers out there that you need to be aware of.

Just when you think everything is going smoothly, you could be involved in an accident that causes some type of injury.

In short, a personal injury claim can result from any situation in which another party’s negligence leads to your injury. Here are some of the many types of injuries commonly associated with this type of claim:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Internal injuries such as pneumothorax
  • Amputation

All of these injuries are treated in a unique way, with some more difficult to address than others. Furthermore, some injuries will heal over time while others are permanent.

Do you believe you have a personal injury claim? If you have suffered one of the injuries above in an accident, contact us to discuss your legal rights.

Dec
19
2014

Sexual Harassment at Work: Don’t be a Victim

If you have been sexually harassed at work, it goes without saying that you will be upset about what happened. While you have the right to feel this way, don’t let it stop you from making sound decisions moving forward.

First and foremost, you should report the harassment to your company’s HR department and/or supervisor. Don’t delay in doing so, as you want to get this out in the open as soon as possible.

From there, consult with a reputable sexual harassment attorney for guidance. You may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Future lost earnings
  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Attorney fees and expenses

Sexual harassment can include everything from unwanted sexual advances to verbal or physical harassment.

If you feel like somebody has crossed the line, it is time to report them to the appropriate party and then speak with an attorney about your legal rights as an employee.

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