<a>$90,000 FOR FIREFIGHTER HIT WHILE FIGHTING BIG-RIG FIRE</a>
The responsible party had limited insurance coverage. Thankfully, the firefighter’s personal auto insurance provided additional protection.
FIREFIGHTERS’ LEGAL RIGHTS TO MAKE CLAIMS FOR ON DUTY INJURIES VS. RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
How the legal elimination of the “firefighter’s rule” and “assumption of risk” defense affects public safety officers …
$2.25 MILLION MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT
X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasound reveal little to no fluid, but doctors proceed with chest tube anyway. This is medical malpractice.
PERSONAL UMBRELLA POLICIES MAY NOW COVER INJURIES CAUSED BY NEGLIGENT MOTORISTS
A few years ago, I wrote about Arthur Vee’s case. Arthur was riding his motorcycle when he was cut off by a motorist who was turning left into a gas station. Arthur suffered horrific, permanent injuries to his leg. The defendant operator had $250,000 of coverage on his auto policy; however, I discovered after filing […]
MASSACHUSETTS FUNERAL HOME FAILS TO CLEAR ICE, INSURER PAYS $350,000 FOR OFF-DUTY KNEE INJURY AFTER 93A CLAIM
I secured an expert report from Mr. Sampson’s own surgeon, which confirmed the injuries, subsequent treatment, and permanent impairment were all caused by this incident.
$100,000 ARBITRATION AWARD AFTER REJECTING $3,000 FINAL OFFER FROM CLIENT’S INSURER FOR WRIST INJURY
There was never any question who was at fault for the motor vehicle accident – Jane Dose crossed over double yellow lines and crashed into the front driver’s side of a vehicle in which my client, Karla Platte, was a front seat passenger. Rather, there were disagreements as to the dollar value of Mrs. Platte’s […]
$71,000 FOR MASSACHUSETTS POLICE OFFICER INJURED BY DRUNK HOMEOWNER DURING HOUSE CALL
The law in Massachusetts is clear: The lawful orders of a Massachusetts police officer must be followed, especially when making an arrest (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268 Section 32B). As Massachusetts police officers know too well, though, there are frequent confrontations with those who refuse to comply peacefully, especially when alcohol is involved. A report by […]
$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN DURING WELFARE CHECK
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 […]
$90,000 FOR OFFICER DRAGGED BY CARJACKER ON MUSHROOMS
Around 3:45 a.m., Gerald Stamby is high on mushrooms. He wanders a busy local road on foot, trying to get into vehicles passing by. Calls pour in to the police and Officer George Velmos responds. Officer Velmos gets out of the cruiser and calls Stamby over to talk. Stamby audaciously (or deliriously, for that matter) […]
$95,000 FOR OFFICER REAR-ENDED TWICE DURING SNOW STORM
During rush hour, Jacob Gomes takes a locally known shortcut to avoid traffic. Heading downhill and around a bend, Mr. Gomes does not account for the snowy conditions. Mr. Gomes crashes into the rear end of a police cruiser, which is stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights on, tending to […]
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “SUPERLAWYER” ZACHARY M. BALLIN
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 […]
$100,000 FOR INJURED OFFICER DESPITE INSURANCE DENIAL
Around 7:30 pm, wearing only his underwear, Raymond Bishop is high on mushrooms and out of control at his family home. Raymond’s parents call the police and go through the house collecting car keys; however, there is still a set of keys in his mother’s Jeep. Raymond runs outside and past the responding police officer, […]
$500,000 AND FULL WAGE BENEFITS FOR SPECIAL OFFICER INJURED-ON-DUTY
Erica DiMaio suddenly veers over double yellow lines on Main Street. Three eyewitnesses watch in horror as Ms. DiMaio violently crashes head on into a police cruiser operated by Officer Avery. The Fire Department is already on scene by the time Officer Avery comes to. He wakes up to the sounds of firefighters using a […]
$150,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED WHILE EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANT
Aside from the importance of photographs, here is the takeaway for public safety officers around the state – landowners must keep their property safe for visitors where people are expected to walk.
$225,000 FOR OFFICER IN CRUISER HIT IN AN INTERSECTION
Paul Arret drives north, approaching an intersection in a residential neighborhood with his grandson in the front passenger seat. A police cruiser drives west approaching the same intersection. Mr. Arret has a stop sign. The police officer does not. Mr. Arret does not stop. The two vehicles collide in the middle of the intersection. Francis […]