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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “SUPERLAWYER” ZACHARY M. BALLIN

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Congratulations to Attorney Zachary M. Ballin for being named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star for 2018. This is his second 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 […]

ICE FALLS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOGRAPHS

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Ice is very good at two things: Being very slippery and melting. Promptly taking photographs after a slip and fall might keep your personal injury claim from going down the drain. Now that winter is almost here, it is worthwhile to think about what to do if you are injured as a result of slipping […]

A THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM ATTORNEY STEVEN BALLIN

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I have been very fortunate to have traveled abroad on a number of occasions.  I always make a point to chat up the locals when I travel and learn more about their country and lives.  For example, on the same days I saw beautiful vineyards or pristine beaches and blue water, I learned from locals […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE INSIDE MULTI-UNIT BUILDING COSTS FIREBUG $340,000 FOR FIREFIGHTER’S INJURED KNEE

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It is a snowy, Sunday night and 17-year-old James Flare is home alone with nothing to do. So, he heads down to the basement with a handful of road flares. He sets his iPhone up and records himself so he can show his friends later. James lights one of the flares and aims it at […]

TIME LIMIT EXPANDED TO BRING CHILD SEX ABUSE CASES

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This past December, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court approved a statute that expands the time limit to bring lawsuits for child sex abuse. This case arose out of a lawsuit by a woman who had been sexually abused by her uncle for many years when she was a child during the 1970’s. In the late […]

PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS ARE NON-TAXABLE

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Our clients often ask whether they will have to pay income taxes on the amounts we recover for them when they have been injured.  The answer is no.  Personal injury settlements and verdicts based on physical injuries are non-taxable.  The idea is that people receiving money from settlements and verdicts are not gaining anything as […]

MAJOR CHANGES TO JURY TRIALS

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By Attorney Paul Johnson A new bill signed into law by Governor Patrick this past August will not only permit Massachusetts lawyers to question jurors during the selection process, but also will allow attorneys to suggest a specific dollar amount for the jury’s verdict. When prospective jurors are brought into a court room, they go […]

THE “EGGSHELL SKULL” RULE

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Did a new injury make an old condition worse or act up again? Massachusetts law has your back, so to speak. An injured person has the right to be compensated for a new injury, which aggravates a pre-existing condition. Since 1935, the law in Massachusetts has been clear that an injured person has the right […]

ATTORNEY STEVEN BALLIN SPEAKS AT FOXBORO POLICE MEETING

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On July 8th, Attorney Steven Ballin spoke at a Foxboro Police Department meeting to a group of officers, advising them of steps to take now to protect themselves for the future in the event of an injury on duty. A few highlights from the short presentation included: laws which provide for additional compensation when injured […]

RECEIVING INJURY-ON-DUTY BENEFITS DOES NOT PROHIBIT POLICE OR FIREFIGHTERS FROM MAKING A CLAIM LIKE ANY OTHER CITIZEN

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Like any other employee who is injured while at work, police and firefighters are authorized by the same laws, which provide for injury-on-duty wages, to bring claims for their injuries against the responsible third parties. Public safety officers are usually surprised to learn they can collect tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to compensate […]