$900,000 FOR OFFICER HIT BY HOME HEALTH AID DRIVING TO PATIENT’S HOME

The home health aide industry usually avoids liability by not paying employees until they arrive at the patient’s home. Not this time.

The morning started out great for young Officer Williams.  He was working as a special police officer on his first road detail.  He’d spent the summer interning for a local department prior to returning for his last year of college.  Standing on the grassy shoulder to the side of the road, he chatted with Officer […]

POLICE MUST CONSIDER THEIR OWN SAFETY ON ROAD DETAILS

Ensuring that Traffic Control Plans are prepared by companies working on the roads protects everyone, including hired police officers.

As the warm weather approaches, so does the increase in road work which requires a police presence to protect the workers and traveling public.  The National Safety Council reported in 2018 over 46,000 people were injured or killed in crashes within roadway work zone sites.  Police officers who work details in these zones are often […]

Officers Injured Responding to Domestic Violence Recover $255,000 for their Injuries

With the rise in domestic incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical officers know their rights when injured during these difficult calls.

Among the horrible repercussions of the ongoing pandemic are increased incidences of domestic violence.  And while it will likely go unreported, we know this leads to increased risk and injuries to officers responding to these explosive situations.  Therefore, it remains critical for officers to know their rights when injured so they are not left to […]

$71,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED BY DRUNK HOMEOWNER DURING HOUSE CALL

The unruly homeowner swings at the officer and grabs hold of the officer’s duty belt near his taser and pepper spray…

A few nights before Christmas, Mrs. Cuto calls the police for help getting her intoxicated husband back into their home. The responding police officer, Frank Sampson, finds Mr. Cuto in his backyard lying down on his back in the snow. Officer Sampson assists Mr. Cuto to his feet but he promptly loses his balances and […]

Contacting Us and Valuable Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ballin Law

Ballin & Associates is there for you regarding any existing or new matters as we continue to diligently work through this unprecedented public health crisis.  All our attorneys and administrative staff are working remotely and in constant contact with each other and our clients.  As usual you can contact either our general office number at […]

“Reserves”: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Them

Insurance companies want you to hesitate making a claim.

Someone rear-ends you.  Now what?  You spend the next couple of months getting your neck and back taken care of by a couple different physicians.  Along the way you do not consider making a claim against The Other Guy’s Insurance Company, Inc. or calling a lawyer.  After all, you ‘don’t want to hurt the other driver, […]

MASSACHUSETTS BANS HAND-HELD CELL PHONE USE BY DRIVERS AS OF FEBRUARY 23, 2020

Police will start issuing tickets on April 1, 2020. Penalties include monetary fines, driver safety courses, and insurance surcharges.

Distracted driving is a major cause of car crashes and serious injuries.  In 2017, there were 3,166 people killed in the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  It has been reported that every day, nationwide, 1,000 people are injured in accidents caused by distracted driving.  Massachusetts has finally passed a law that should help […]

HEARING LOSS FROM DEFECTIVE EAR PLUGS?

3M defective earplugs

We have been getting reports of police officers and veterans who are suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus which may be the result of the use of defective earplugs. The earplugs in question were known as “Combat Arms” earplugs, manufactured by 3M Corporation, and looked like this: 3M sold these ear plugs to the US […]

INSULATION CONTRACTOR CAUSES HOUSE FIRE & PAYS $1.6 MILLION TO INJURED FIREFIGHTER

Beware of the hidden dangers when insulating an attic with blown-in cellulose insulation to save money on heating bills.  Some insulation contractors have awful safety records.

The Smiths had enough of high heating bills.  They call Cramden Inc. for a free energy audit.  Cramden Inc. runs the free energy audit program for local utility companies.  Cramden Inc.’s energy specialist recommends installing blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic floor to limit heat loss from the living space below.  The Smiths sign a […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED BY UNINSURED VEHICLE

How an officer’s personal auto insurance saved the day after being injured by the driver of an uninsured motorist who fled during a traffic stop.

A simple fact: many officers are still unaware that their personal auto insurance provides coverage for on-the-job injuries caused by cars in a wide array of ways, such as pursuits, crashes during emergency responses, pedestrian strikes on a road detail, and during traffic stops, as you will see here.  This coverage was especially important to […]