What to do if you are a Passenger Hurt in a Car Accident

In Massachusetts, if you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, there are several options for how you can be compensated for your medical care and related expenses such as loss of wage. It’s important to recognize that, regardless of the severity of your injuries, you cannot recover more than the total value of your claim. In other words, you cannot “double dip” the same claim from multiple insurance policies. Using Coverage of the Vehicle You are a Passenger in or Your Own Coverage Immediately following an accident, you have the right to file a claim using
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Three Key Things to Know about Social Security Disability

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits. The application process and qualification requirements is complicated, but the benefits are designed to be there as a safety net for qualified people who need them. If you are considering applying for social security disability, or if you have already applied but were denied coverage, here are three important things to know: 1. Definition of “disability”. While a disability income insurance policy provided by your employer or purchased through your insurance agent may offer coverage for short-term disabilities or partial disabilities, the
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Postal Worker falls down stairs: $175,000 settlement

A letter carrier slipped and fell on a homeowner’s outside wooden steps when the handrail moved away from him as he grabbed for it. The defective handrail had been repaired before our office got involved in the case but we were able show that the defective handrail existed at the time of the fall, thus proving fault of the homeowner. Our client injured both knees and had knee surgery as well as treatment for an injured shoulder. The claim against the homeowner was settled by their insurer during Mediation shortly before trial for $175,000.00. The letter carrier continues to get
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Broken Toes As Pedestrian: $180,000.00 settlement

Our client was a 53 year old undocumented worker who overstayed her travel visa to the United States. She worked for cash as a house cleaner and had no Social Security Number. While walking through a local supermarket parking lot, our client’s right foot was run over by an auto whose driver was attempting to park her car. Injuries included fractures to three toes which required surgery to repair. Although our client was living in the United States illegally, she was entitled to bring a claim against the driver of the auto that struck her. We did so and the
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When Can You Sue for Premises Liability in Massachusetts?

When you are injured on someone else’s property, you can sometimes sue for premises liability. Massachusetts law expects business and property owners to maintain a reasonably safe environment for anyone who steps foot on the premise. Failure to uphold that expectation may result s in premises liability claims, in which the business or property owner may be found responsible for the injury. Most However, the law surrounding premises liability is not as simple as compensating people who suffer injury on someone else’s property. 
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Filing A Workers Compensation Claim In Massachusetts

Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be anything but simple. Having to deal with forms, dates, doctor visits, and insurance companies can almost be even more of a pain than what you’re already experiencing. Here are a few fast facts from the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development website that you should know when dealing with a workers’ comp claim: It can take up to 28 days for your employer’s insurance company to get a check to you for your injuries. If your employer’s insurance company requests to send you to one of their doctors for evaluation (even if you’ve already seen your
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Massachusetts Texting and Driving Law

Texting and driving is a problem in Massachusetts, and even those who don’t text and drive might not be able to prevent an accident when another driver is being reckless. However, in Massachusetts residents can hold a driver responsible when injured because of texting and driving. Texting and Driving in Massachusetts Texting and driving is likely the most dangerous form of distracted driving because one takes their eyes, mind and at least one hand off the wheel when texting while operating a vehicle. People also lose focus more often and for longer periods when texting than when doing something else
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When to Contact a Lawyer to Handle Your Car Accident

Unfortunately, car accidents happen, and chances are they’ll happen to you one day. But how do you know if your car accident claim can be handled on your own or if you need to get a lawyer involved? Here are some instances when calling a lawyer can save you money and make sure you are getting a fair deal: Disagreement on fault If the other driver isn’t admitting fault and/or if the car accident happened in such a way that it is initially unclear who was at fault, it is worth your time to contact a lawyer. An auto accident
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Massachusetts Law and the Role of Insurance Adjusters

With over 110,000 auto crashes a year in the state of Massachusetts, it is a sad likelihood that you or a loved one could be severely injured in an auto accident at some point. This can be a very disturbing event, and potentially a very debilitating one. Both emotional and physical effects from an accident can significantly affect your daily life. You have prepared for this contingency by purchasing auto insurance. In the event of an accident, you expect that your insurance policy or that of the party at fault will provide whatever is needed for your continued health and
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