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What Is Negligence?

Negligence in Massachusetts, and in all states, means failing to act reasonably in a situation and causing injury to a person(s) as a direct result.  As a Boston accident lawyer, negligence is the lynchpin of each case my office handles. Whether it be a Massachusetts car accident, slip and fall, or any other type of personal injury case, the injury victim must prove the following elements in order to win a negligence case against a defendant:

1) The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.  This means that the one who caused the injuries had a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner toward the victim.  An example of a duty of care is that we all have a duty while driving not to drive into the rear of the car in front of us.

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What To Do Following A Slip And Fall Accident

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents happen much too frequently.  Doing the right things after a slip and fall or trip and fall are very important in order to protect your legal rights.  Should you have the misfortune of being involved in such an accident, keep the following in mind after a slip and fall accident:

1) If possible, photograph the scene of the accident (or have someone else do it as soon as possible if you are unable to do it yourself);

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One of the first questions I ask a potential personal injury client is whether he has made any claims in the past. Whether it be a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or some other claim, it is important for me to know this information. The reason is that the claims adjuster and the defense attorney (if the claim goes into suit) has access to a claims index. If you have made claims in the past, they will appear in the claims index and will come up on a search.

Therefore, before meeting with your attorney for the first time, think back to any claims you have made in the past and write them down on a piece of paper. Write down the approximate date of the accident, the type of accident it was, and any injuries you suffered as a result.

It is better that your attorney learn of these accidents at the beginning of the case, rather than during your deposition when the defense attorney will be sure to bring them up to weaken your case.

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Attorney Richard Console of the New Jersey based personal injury firm Console Hollawell, PC was kind enough to provide the following guest post regarding concussions and their impact on the brain.  If you have not done so already, please check out their site.  Here is the guest post from Attorney Console:

Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that people sustain. No big deal right? Wrong. In recent years the seriousness of concussions has been emphasized more as the medical community has uncovered more information. The long-term effects of concussions as well as the effects of sustaining multiple concussions have been seen much more in recent years especially with professional athletes.

Accident victims often times are willing to write off injuries as being minor without knowing the full extent of the impact on their life. An injury like those suffered in an accident can dramatically affect the way in which you live your life. Also, if that accident was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with skilled personal injury attorneys in Trenton to find out your legal rights and options with regards to the specifics surrounding your accident.

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Injured As A Tourist In Boston?

According to USA Today roughly 19 million visitors pass through Boston each year. It is no surprise given all that Boston has to offer. With such a huge number of visitors, it is no wonder that many are injured. Many visitors are injured in car accidents, slip and falls, and other types of accident cases. Visitors are sometimes more prone to accidents given their lack of familiarity with Boston. However, the fact that you do not live in Massachusetts does not mean you cannot hire a Massachusetts lawyer to represent you.

My office has represented out-of-state clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, hotels, stores, trains, on escalators, etc. If you or someone you know has been injured while a visitor in Boston, feel free to call my office. We would be happy to provide a no-obligation phone consultation.

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Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer 

Drinking and driving is inexcusable and can cause incalculable damage.  A whopping 10,625 died in alcohol-related car accidents in 2015.  If a drunk driver causes an auto accident in Massachusetts, the injury victim can bring claims against multiple parties.

Boston drunk driving accident lawyerBoston drunk driving accident lawyer Christopher Earley has experience pursuing full compensation against drunk drivers.

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Pedestrian accidents happen all too often.  They can be a traumatic and life-changing experience, in so many ways.  Here are some important points to keep in mind if you have been hit by a car: 

1) It is the operator's insurance company that is responsible for paying for your "reasonable and necessary" medical expenses;

2) The operator's insurance company will also pay 75% of any lost wages you sustain as a result of the accident.  But, the insurance company for the operator who caused the accident is only required by law to pay up to $8000.00 for your medical bills and lost wages;

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Many, many people each year are injured due to the negligence of the Boston Housing Authority.  Whether it be a slip and fall case, a burn case or any other action against the Boston Housing Authority, there are a some special considerations that are given to these cases. Some of them are the following:

1) Your attorney must send a notice of presentment of the claim, to the executive officer of the BHA, and said letter must contain certain, specific elements;

2) Presentment must be given within two years of the date of the accident;

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Boston Work Injury Lawyer

As a Boston work injury lawyer, I get asked this question very often. The answer is, it depends.  If you fell at work in Massachusetts, you cannot sue your employer.  But, you can make a claim for Massachusetts workers compensation benefits with your employer’s insurance company.  A claim is not of course the same thing as a lawsuit.

However, if your slip and fall accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, than you may be able to sue that third-party for your injuries.  In example would be a delivery driver injured on the steps of a home he is delivering a product to, or a cook who slips and falls on a wet and slippery floor that was caused by an outside cleaning company.  You get the picture.

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