$900,000 FOR OFFICER HIT BY HOME HEALTH AID DRIVING TO PATIENT’S HOME

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 […]

$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 […]

MASS HEROES – HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JOHN KOTFILA, JR.

  Our lives are changing and becoming ever more interconnected through the now ever-present camera.  Yet the basic fundamentals and needs of our everyday lives are unchanged.  While safety and protection will never cease to top the list of our necessities, there are those who wish to sensationalize any individual incident involving an officer into […]

$1.95 MILLION FOR OFFICER INJURED IN UNPLANNED WORK ZONE

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 […]

NURSES’ RIGHTS TO RECOVER AGAINST VIOLENT PATIENTS

Nurses enjoy an extremely high level of trust and respect, which is well-deserved. Unfortunately, this level of respect does not prevent nurses from having one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries resulting from assaults. One study published in 2014 found that about one-third of the nursing staff at a big city hospital had been […]

$190,000 FOR LEG BROKEN ON ICY DRIVEWAY

We will all be glad to forget the record snow falls this past winter when the last mound of snow and ice on our properties has melted away exposing green grass and clear sidewalks.  However, let’s not forget that just because there were record snowfalls, property owners are not excused from their legal responsibility to […]

“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 […]

DRUNK DRIVER COSTS BAR $475,000

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 […]

MAJOR CHANGES TO JURY TRIALS

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 […]

9/11 First Responders Still Suffering Thirteen Years Later

(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?

MASSACHUSETTS AUTO INSURANCE SELECTIONS PAGE WITH FULL COVERAGE Does this picture look familiar? It should – it is a copy of a Mass car insurance coverage selections page, and a good one to boot. We have highlighted four important Parts, which are often overlooked and, in our experience, not understood: Parts 3, 5, 6, and […]