$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 EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANT

A landlord’s tenant is the subject of a drug investigation by a joint task force.  With three knock and announce narcotic search warrants in hand, the police enter the landlord’s multi-unit rental property through the front entrance without incident.  The police search the tenant’s second floor apartment.  The police find a bag filled with heroin […]

$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 […]

$1 MILLION FOR OFFICER’S FRIEND CUT OFF BY CAR

Mr. Driver travels down a road he knows very well on a clear, Fall day.  He readies himself to turn left into a gas station. Sitting in the front passenger seat is his wife who sees a motorcyclist approaching from the opposite direction. She yells to watch out. Mr. Driver does not yield the right […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

$1 BILLION HIP REPLACEMENT SETTLEMENT

In 2012, Stryker Corp. recalled two of its hip replacement systems – the Rejuvenate and ABG ll.  In all, about 20,000 people were implanted with one of those systems.  Among the dangers associated with these devices are adverse reactions resulting from large quantities of metal entering a patient’s bloodstream and tissue. Thousands of people across […]