Blog | Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.
January 10, 2017

Lower Speed Limits in Effect

Beginning this week, you might start to notice new speed limit signs within the city of Boston. Last June, the Massachusetts house and senate overwhelmingly passed a municipal modernization bill, part of which allowed cities and towns more control over certain local regulations, including speed limits. Governor Baker signed it into law in August. Boston has […]
January 2, 2017

Unsafe Toys Still on Shelves

Christmas has just passed, and many of us are still enjoying the season, but not everyone approaches this time of year with the same holiday spirit. Despite decades of action to make children’s toys safer, there are still some who produce and sell toys that are potentially dangerous to small children. Just as the holidays were […]
December 26, 2016

Construction Equipment Accident Kills Worker

A construction worker recently died from the injuries he suffered in an accident involving a circular saw. The accident, which took place in Duxbury on the South Shore, happened while the worker was cutting a water pipe on a home construction job site. Even though the location of the accident was only about a mile from […]
December 19, 2016

Sweet Tomatoes Crash Leads to Wrongful Death Suit

Nine months after crashing into Sweet Tomatoes—a popular West Newton restaurant—and killing two patrons, the driver in that tragic incident now faces not only criminal charges, but also a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the husband of one of those killed. The crash, which occurred on March 1, also left seven others injured.   Investigation Leads […]
December 1, 2016

Wrong-Way Crash Kills Five

A terrible wrong-way crash on I-495 in Middleboro recently killed five people, including four college students. The young men, all between the ages of eighteen and twenty, were traveling on the correct side of the highway when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them head-on. The driver of the other vehicle also died in […]
November 23, 2016

Report: Massachusetts Highways Safest, but near Bottom for Performance

A report ranking US state highway systems on performance and cost-effectiveness has rated Massachusetts close to the bottom, finding that the state had one of the highest expenditures per mile of state-maintained roadway. The Bay State was also listed among the states with the worst levels of traffic congestion. On the flip side, Massachusetts scored very […]
November 17, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Rolling into Boston

Self-driving cars will be coming to the streets of Boston in just a few years if a new initiative succeeds. In September, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that Boston had been chosen to help develop policies for the future of urban mobility. As part of the project, guidelines will be developed here for implementing new technologies in […]
November 17, 2016

Accident Leaves Two Boston Construction Workers Dead

Two men working on the water system of a residential building in the South End were tragically killed when the trench they were working in was suddenly filled with water and they were unable to escape. It’s not clear what exactly happened, but it’s suspected that a fire hydrant collapsed or a water main broke, causing […]
October 31, 2016

Wrong-Way Drivers a Real Threat

The case of a wrong-way driver a few weeks back should serve notice to all drivers that they need to stay alert at all times. No matter how unlikely it seems, drivers manage to turn themselves around and drive in the wrong direction all the time, and sometimes they cause horrible—even deadly—crashes in the process. In […]
October 27, 2016

Upcoming Lecture Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Timothy Pope, the head of our Social Security Disability department, will be conducting two important lectures in the near future: On October 27, 2016, he will be providing an in-person lecture discussing the basics of the Social Security Disability application process. The talk will be given to an audience […]
October 24, 2016

Methuen Motorcyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run

Late last month a Methuen man was killed in a two-part crash that also left two pedestrians seriously injured. A witness at the scene described the incident as shocking, and Lawrence police are still looking for a second vehicle, believed to be a black Mercedes-Benz, which left the scene after striking the downed motorcyclist. Several people […]
October 21, 2016

Super Lawyers Announcement

We are honored to announce that Attorney Timothy Pope of our office has once again been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2016 as a top-rated social security disability attorney in the Boston area. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in Massachusetts are selected for this prestigious award.   Timothy L. Pope Selected in 2016 Thomson […]
January 10, 2017

Lower Speed Limits in Effect

Beginning this week, you might start to notice new speed limit signs within the city of Boston. Last June, the Massachusetts house and senate overwhelmingly passed a municipal modernization bill, part of which allowed cities and towns more control over certain local regulations, including speed limits. Governor Baker signed it into law in August. Boston has […]
January 2, 2017

Unsafe Toys Still on Shelves

Christmas has just passed, and many of us are still enjoying the season, but not everyone approaches this time of year with the same holiday spirit. Despite decades of action to make children’s toys safer, there are still some who produce and sell toys that are potentially dangerous to small children. Just as the holidays were […]
December 26, 2016

Construction Equipment Accident Kills Worker

A construction worker recently died from the injuries he suffered in an accident involving a circular saw. The accident, which took place in Duxbury on the South Shore, happened while the worker was cutting a water pipe on a home construction job site. Even though the location of the accident was only about a mile from […]
December 19, 2016

Sweet Tomatoes Crash Leads to Wrongful Death Suit

Nine months after crashing into Sweet Tomatoes—a popular West Newton restaurant—and killing two patrons, the driver in that tragic incident now faces not only criminal charges, but also a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the husband of one of those killed. The crash, which occurred on March 1, also left seven others injured.   Investigation Leads […]
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