The dump truck operator violated one of the cardinal rules of construction site safety – never back up any vehicle if you do not know what is behind you. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of Officer Walsh against the construction company.
As usual, the insurers for the contractors and their attorneys tried to put all the blame on Officer Shea, for getting to close to the excavator. Our response was that the risk that someone is within the “swing radius” of the excavator is the exact reason why the operator needs to make sure that no one is in the area before swinging the excavator around. We did all the work necessary to take the case to trial. Once we had demonstrated that we were fully prepared to try the case if we did not get a decent settlement offer, the contractors’ insurers agreed to go to mediation. The mediation was conducted over ZOOM, and we were able to settle the case for $305,000.
Domestic violence is a significant problem in this country As we have written before, the law in Massachusetts is clear: the lawful orders of a Massachusetts police officer must be followed especially when making an arrest. As per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268 Section 32B, it is a crime to resist arrest. As Massachusetts police […]
The law in Massachusetts is clear: The lawful orders of a Massachusetts police officer must be followed especially when making an arrest. As per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268 Section 32B it is a crime to resist arrest. As Massachusetts police officers know too well, though, there are frequent confrontations with those who refuse to […]
This article is a follow-up on our recent article about potential claims by police officers who are injured while responding to violent protests. The US Supreme Court recently considered a case involving exactly that (DeRay McKesson v. John Doe). While the Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court without actually ruling on […]
Any Massachusetts police officer injured during riots are entitled to be compensated for their injuries. The same Massachusetts laws on which we bring successful claims for Massachusetts police officers injured while making an arrest, struggling with a subject, breaking up a fight, or when assaulted by a subject apply to claims made by Massachusetts police […]
There’s an old saying that there are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners. Massachusetts law recognizes the truth of the saying and holds dog owners responsible for injuries or property damage caused by dogs. The following are some of the basic principles of the law relating to dogs. There is no such thing as […]
$100,000 FOR MASSACHUSETTS POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER WHILE ON A DETAIL
What happens when a car hits a Massachusetts Police Officer on duty and drives away before anyone catches its license plate? The officer’s salary and medical bills will be covered under Chapter 41, but who pays for all the overtime and detail shifts that officer misses while out injured and the massive disruption to the […]
Officer Palmer had the minimum allowable limits on his auto insurance the first time he was injured-on-duty. Thankfully, he changed this before he was injured a second time… CRITICAL CHANGES TO MASSACHUSETTS AUTO INSURANCE POLICY It was a fall Sunday morning and Ms. Jones got a later start than she wanted on her drive to […]
Domestics are among the most pervasive and the most volatile situations our officers must routinely walk into. In fact, the National Institute of Justice statistically confirmed they are the most lethal of all calls. We routinely represent Massachusetts Police officers injured at domestics in a variety of contexts, and this is one example. HOW BALLIN […]
The morning started out great for young Officer Williams. He was working as a special police officer on his first road detail. He’d spent the summer interning for a local department prior to returning for his last year of college. Standing on the grassy shoulder to the side of the road, he chatted with Officer […]
As the warm weather approaches, so does the increase in road work which requires a police presence to protect the workers and traveling public. The National Safety Council reported in 2018 over 46,000 people were injured or killed in crashes within roadway work zone sites. Police officers who work details in these zones are often […]
With the rise in domestic incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical that Massachusetts police officers know their rights before an injury during these difficult calls. Massachusetts Police Officers Must Know Their Rights When Injured In a Domestic Among the horrible repercussions of the ongoing pandemic are increased incidences of domestic violence. And while […]
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 […]
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 […]