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$20,000 FOR OFFICER BITTEN BY HOMEOWNER’S DOG

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In a quiet, residential community, a neighbor hears screaming from the backyard next door. The neighbor reports this to the police who respond to the house to check on the disturbance. The police knock on the door and announce themselves. No one answers. The police open a screen door and announce their presence again. Three German […]

$1.95 MILLION FOR OFFICER INJURED IN UNPLANNED WORK ZONE

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A contractor is doing construction work in a right turn lane at a busy intersection. The contractor decides to close off the right turn lane using some cones. Debbie Driver approaches the intersection. She intends on using the right turn lane, as she does every day on her way home from work. There are no […]

$400,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED WORKING STADIUM EVENT

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Officers frequently work extra hours during details at events in order to financially support themselves and their families.  Events such as concerts, sporting events and fairs which bring in large crowds must be kept under control by local police, especially when alcohol is served at the event.  Officers frequently work these details at venues such […]

DRUNK DRIVER COSTS BAR $475,000

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Over the course of five hours, a bar serves one man ten to fifteen beers and three tequila shots before watching the man walk out to his car. Shortly after driving away from the bar around midnight, the man crosses over into oncoming traffic. A police officer sees headlights drift over the double yellow line […]

$123,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED IN FLEEING CAR PURSUIT

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Prior to this officer’s injury on duty, he attended one of my twenty minute talks at a local meeting at his department, which proved extremely valuable.  During this talk, I explained changes police officers need to make to their personal automobile insurance policies in the event of an injury on or off duty involving a motor […]

UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY COSTS PARENTS $125,000

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By Attorney Steve Ballin The police arrive at a suburban home in response to reports of a late night underage drinking party where they find a crowd of 75 youths in and outside the home. Fearful mostly of what their parents will do if they are caught, the underage drinkers (…you guessed it…) run in […]

$299,000 VERDICT FOR OFFICER INJURED IN FOOT PURSUIT

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It is after midnight in a rural section of town.  A concerned resident calls 911 to report a commotion and revving engines in a nearby storage yard.  Officers are dispatched to investigate.  Another 911 call comes in.  The resident now reports hearing glass breaking.  Officers arrive at the dark storage yard 100 yards off the […]

9/11 First Responders Still Suffering Thirteen Years Later

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(WBUR) John Feal was a 9/11 first responder. His organization, the FealGood Foundation, advocates for first responders who suffer chronic illnesses from their experience. (Feal Good Foundation)   By Attorney Zachary Ballin Thirteen years after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, thousands of first responders continue to struggle with health problems, some […]

GOT “FULL” COVERAGE?

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Does this picture look familiar? It should – it is a copy of a car insurance coverage selections page, and a good one to boot. We have highlighted three important Parts, which are often overlooked and, in our experience, not understood: Parts 3, 12, and 6. Find your personal car selections page and compare it […]

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 […]