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Is my employer and/or forklift driver liable for some of my medical expenses?

Additional Info: I was working at a jobsite in Milford MA and was stuck and injured by a forklift.  There was no back up beeper and I think blind spot contributed to the accident. I’m hoping you can help me determine if I have a case or not. Since you were in the course of employment when struck by the forklift, you would be entitled to workers compensation benefits on account of your work related injuries.   Your employer is required by law to have worker’s compensation insurance.  The insurance company will pay your medical expenses. In addition, if you are
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Is the rental company or manufacturer liable for a faulty product?

Additional Info: My husband was using a table saw rented from a store in Worcester. He suffered an injury and lost his first and second fingers of his dominant hand. His buddy was a witness to the accident and stated there was no safety mechanism on the table saw. Is the rental company or manufacturer liable for a faulty product? Your husband may have a viable case against several possible wrongdoers or defendants.  This type of Products Liability claim may involve not only the rental company and manufacturer, but any company or person involved in what is known as “the
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Was riding my motorcycle and had accident with auto.

Additional Information: I was involved in an accident today on a residential road in Sherborn. I had just finished work at one location and was on my way to my next job.  I was riding my motorcycle and the car in front of me stopped abruptly, and although I was a good distance behind them, turns out there was a problem with the brakes, I couldn’t stop and I hit the car.  There is some damage to the car and I fractured my leg. I told my boss about the accident, but not sure what my legal obligations and rights
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Friend was drunk while operating boat. Can I sue?

Additional Information: I was involved in a boating accident on my friends boat, he was drunk.  Do I have a case?  We had lunch which included alcoholic beverages before heading out on his boat that was docked at a Boston area marina. As a result of the accident my face hit the windshield and I cut my face and hurt my neck. ATTORNEY ANSWER: You have a case, but whether you have a winning one is another question.  The fact that you and your friend drank alcohol before you went boating indicates that you might be found by a jury
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Boating accident near Boston caused injury and lawsuit.

Additional Information: My boat was in an accident with another boat near Boston.  The incident caused injury. I am the owner but I was not driving nor was I on the boat.  I am being sued.  A passenger in the other boat suffered injuries. I had loaned my boat to a friend and the other party is claiming he was inattentive and operating the boat at excessive speed.  What are my options? ATTORNEY ANSWER: Even though you were not physically onboard when the accident occurred, you may be legally liable for the injuries to the passengers on the other boat. 
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I was involved in an auto accident where I hit a pedestrian.

Additional Information: I was looking left getting ready to turn onto Route 9 in Wellesley, near Newton, and  just as I turned my head right I saw the pedestrian crossing the street.  My foot had just come off of the brake. She put her arm out and I immediately hit the brakes, my car hardly moved, but my car bumped her. She stumbled and fell backwards onto the ground. I immediately got out of the car and spoke with her to make sure she was OK and helped her up off the ground. We talked a few more minutes and
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Our son was injured. Do we have a personal injury case?

Additional Information: My family was going to restaurant in Ashland where there is an attendant directing patrons into and out of the limited number of parking spaces on the side and rear of the restaurant.   We had parked our car and were heading into the restaurant.  Our 3 year old son got hit by a car backing out of it’s parking space, as directed by the parking lot attendant.  Thankfully he suffered only a broken leg, but we were wondering if we have a personal injury case against either the attendant or the restaurant? ATTORNEY ANSWER: A few questions come
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I tripped,fell and broke my wrist at my mom’s condo.

Additional Information: I tripped and fell and broke my right (dominant) wrist when visiting my mother at her condominium in Marlborough. My mother had reported a ripped area of the carpet several days earlier to the condo management — but it had not been repaired and I tripped and fell and broke my wrist.  The insurance company for the condo development has been in contact with me and has paid me $5,000 and indicated that they would be “working with me toward a settlement”.  Do I need a trip and fall attorney? What should I do? ATTORNEY ANSWER: Usually “working
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I work on a cruise ship out of Boston and was injured on the job.

Additional Information: I work as a cook on a Boson dinner cruise ship and fell lifting a heavy box.  The anti-slip mats had recently been removed but they weren’t replaced at the time I fell.  I ended up breaking my arm and needing therapy.  I haven’t been released to return to work but I’ve been denied worker’s compensation benefits.  Can I sue my employer for my personal injury? ATTORNEY ANSWER: You fall into one of the very few categories of workers that do not receive worker’s compensation benefits when injured on the job.   When a seaman is injured in the
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Our daughter slipped and injured herself boarding a whale watch tour in Boston.

Additional Information: My family was boarding a ship for a local Boston whale watching tour when my daughter slipped on the wet walkway connecting the dock to the boat and suffered a knee injury. She had surgery and continues physical therapy.  One of the boat’s employees was approaching with a “caution- slippery” sign just as our daughter slipped and fell.  Do we have a personal injury case?  Would we look for a boating injury attorney even though we weren’t yet boarded? ATTORNEY ANSWER: Yes, you probably have a viable personal injury claim.  And, yes, you should consult with an attorney
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