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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 […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “SUPERLAWYER” ZACHARY M. BALLIN

Zachary Ballin, Esq.

Congratulations to Attorney Zachary M. Ballin for being named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star for 2019. This is his third year in a row named to the list.  It is an honor to be named among the Rising Stars, which includes no more than 2.5% of the state’s attorneys. Here are some of Attorney Ballin’s recent results: […]

$1 MILLION FOR PASSENGER’S FRACTURED HIP FROM OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASH

Farm owners make their off-road UTV available during their annual party. A teenage guest is in the passenger seat when another guest crashes the UTV into a tree.

Off-road vehicle operators and passengers frequently suffer serious injuries in crashes, even at lower speeds than in a car or truck.  There is typically little to no protection for occupants depending on the type of off-road vehicle.  These vehicles are often referred to as all-terrain vehicles or ATVs.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “SUPERLAWYER” STEVEN M. BALLIN

Attorney Steven Ballin

Congratulations to Attorney Steven Ballin for being selected to the 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. This distinction is reserved for only 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts. Attorney Ballin earned a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the State University of New York […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN DURING WELFARE CHECK

It all started as a simple welfare check but quickly turned into a 100+ MPH police chase after the defendant hit an officer.

Elaina Bayless parks at local beach, gets high, and passes out.  Conducting a wellness check, Police Sergeant George Farrey sees Ms. Bayless’ unconscious body slumped over in the driver’s seat.  Sergeant Farrey bangs on the window, waking up Ms. Bayless.  Sergeant Farrey opens the door and notices a hypodermic needle on the console.  Ms. Bayless […]