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March 13, 2018
Massachusetts DWI Laws: Far from the Top

Massachusetts DWI Laws: Far from the Top

Massachusetts has a reputation for being progressive in many ways, but when it comes to state drunk driving laws, the Bay State ranks surprisingly low. That’s the view, at least, of one major organization that focuses on eliminating drunk driving. Their metrics find that Massachusetts is especially weak when it comes to ignition interlock laws and […]
February 23, 2018
Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault

Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault?

Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault? That’s a question that too many workers are forced to ask. Many workers will never experience a violent incident while on the job, but danger of violence in the workplace should never be taken lightly. According to statistics from the US Department of Labor, close to 2 million workers are the […]
February 9, 2018
No-Fault Insurance in Massachusetts

No-Fault Insurance in Massachusetts

As a Massachusetts driver, you’ve probably heard the term “no-fault” before when discussing car insurance. What does this term mean, exactly, and if there is “no fault” then who is held accountable after a crash? Who pays for any damage and injury if blame for an accident is not being assigned? Let’s take a quick look […]
January 15, 2018
Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Many residents of eastern Mass are still digging out from last week’s storm, which hit the East Coast from Florida to Maine hard and left more than a foot of snow across much of New England. Schools and businesses were closed, public transit operated on a reduced schedule, and the governor encouraged residents to stay home […]
December 28, 2017
Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Eastern Mass has seen its first couple of snowfalls this season, and while there haven’t yet been any big storms, it’s likely that this winter will bring a few. Boston sees about twenty-two days with snowfall in an average winter, and, in the last fifteen years, we’ve only had one winter without at least one storm […]
December 12, 2017

Sweet Tomatoes Ruling Finally Near

The driver behind the wheel when a car crashed into a pizza restaurant in Newton, killing two and injuring seven, may soon face a sentence. After a series of delays that have dragged the case out for well over a year and a half, a judge this month rejected requests from both the prosecution and the […]
December 1, 2017
Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

One vehicle crashing into a building might be viewed as a misfortune. Two vehicles crashing into buildings in the same town—in just over a week—begins to look like carelessness. The residents of Dracut, nestled between the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire border north of Lowell, might be wondering why such misfortune has visited their normally […]
November 17, 2017
Dump Truck Runs Down Cyclist

Dump Truck Runs Down Cyclist

A nineteen-year-old Dorchester man was killed earlier this month when he was struck by a large construction vehicle while on his bicycle. Exactly what happened isn’t clear from the reports, but the incident on East Cottage Street in Dorchester left the victim dead, and news photos showed the crumpled bike. It’s not apparent where fault lies, […]
November 7, 2017
Lowell Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

Lowell Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

A seven-year-old Lowell child died tragically last week when a pair of neighborhood pit bulls attacked and mauled him. Accounts of what happened vary, but early on the evening of Saturday, October 21, the boy somehow wound up inside a fenced yard where the pair of dogs was kept, according to Lowell police. Yelling and screaming […]
November 3, 2017

2017 Super Lawyers Announcement and Speaking Engagement

Our attorneys have once again been recognized for the phenomenal service they provide to clients! We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Timothy Pope has repeated last year’s honors by making this year’s list of Super Lawyers for his dedication to Social Security Disability law! Tim will also be speaking at the International Association of Rehabilitation […]
October 20, 2017
Dump Truck Rollover Kills One, Causes Chaos in Brockton

Dump Truck Rollover Kills One, Causes Chaos in Brockton

The sad details behind a dump truck crash in Brockton that killed one woman and sent two other people to the hospital have led to the arrest of a driver on motor vehicle homicide charges. The October 3 crash includes a laundry list of dangerous behaviors and bad decisions and should serve as a cautionary tale […]
October 5, 2017
Head-On Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

Head-On Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

A recent crash in the Saxonville section of Framingham caused the death of one driver and sent all the occupants of a second vehicle to the hospital. The crash, which took place early on the evening of September 21, shut down Water Street for some time while Framingham Police investigated and cleared the scene. The driver […]
July 1, 2019

Suing for Wrongful Death in Massachusetts

Preventable deaths are some of the most difficult ones to cope with, and if your loved one has succumbed to a devastating injury brought about by the reckless, irresponsible, negligent, or wrongful act of another, you may be able to seek damages through a Massachusetts wrongful death claim.  However, there are many legal aspects of MA […]
June 20, 2019

How to Report a Car Accident in Boston

Immediately following a motor vehicle collision, there are many steps to take. Among them is obtaining any medical treatment you might need, filing an accident report, and exchanging insurance information with the liable party. However, if you’ve never been in a car accident in Boston, you may not know how to go about reporting the accident […]
May 24, 2019

How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help You

Whether you have just been diagnosed with a disability that is preventing you from being able to earn a living, or you have been suffering with your disability and are beginning to struggle financially from the lack of income, securing social security disability benefits can ease the monetary burden hovering over you. At a time when […]
May 2, 2019

Slip-and-Fall on Ice in a Commercial Parking Lot: Can I Sue?

If you’ve fallen in a parking lot outside of your favorite restaurant or shopping center and suffered a serious injury as a result of your fall, you have the right to seek compensation from the person or persons who are to blame for the fall. Many people might assume that no one can be responsible for […]
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