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Worcester Personal Injury Blog

A falling accident often has serious consequences

Even with some news stories about serious falling accidents, it might be easy or Worcester, Massachusetts, resident to assume that a slip-and-fall claim is rarely a really serious matter, and, at worst, is a case of a broken bone.

The underlying theme to this way of thinking is related to the idea that people who sue for premises liability or other personal injuries just refuse to recognize that there is such thing as an accident and people get hurt.

Bitten by a dog? Find out who is liable for your injuries.

When an animal attacks, it can leave a victim with much more than just a cut or bruise. The physical damage can be quite extensive, but additionally, the emotional scarring from a dog bite can affect a victim for years following the incident. For this reason, Massachusetts dog bite victims would be wise to know their rights and seek compensation from liable parties when appropriate.

If you suffered injuries and emotional trauma from a dog bite, you may be wondering who is actually to blame for what you experienced. As a victim, you always have the right to know your options, even if you are unsure of your current legal options. It may be possible that the dog's owner is financially liable for what you experienced.

Are there damage caps in medical negligence cases?

As this blog has discussed previously, Massachusetts residents are entitled to receive compensation if their doctor's errors cause them to experience worsened symptoms or, in some cases, further injury their bodies. A Worcester resident can seek out this compensation by submitting a medical malpractice claim and, if that fails, filing suit for damages.

However, like other states, Massachusetts has a damages cap that limits the amount of money an injured patient is actually able to recover, despite what a jury says following a trial. Fortunately, Massachusetts residents can recover all of their "special damages," which are line item actual costs like medical expenses and lost income.

Crash potentially involving speeding ends in tragedy

A serious auto accident in another Massachusetts town a little over an hour from Worcester left one person dead and another person being hospitalized due to injuries caused by the accident, although the extent of the injuries was not known.

The accident was being investigated by authorities, but early reports suggest speeding may have been a factor in this accident. Reports from police suggest that an officer with the local police department called in a speeding driver on the street where the accident occurred. Shortly thereafter, dispatchers received the report of the accident, which caused severe damage to the front ends of both vehicles involved.

Injured workers can receive workers' comp medical benefits

Workers injured on the job in Massachusetts can receive a variety of benefits through workers' compensation. Medical and other benefits may be available to injured workers. Burial, survival and dependent benefits may also be available to family members who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident. It is important for workers and their families to be thoroughly familiar with all the benefits that may be available to them following a workplace accident.

Workers may receive medical benefits if they qualify. To qualify for medical benefits, the worker must have suffered a workplace injury that requires medical treatment. Injured workers are entitled to adequate and reasonable medical care following the workplace injury or illness they have suffered. In addition, injured workers are entitled to receive prescription reimbursement and mileage reimbursement for trips for medical treatment for their work-related injury or illness.

A TBI from a car accident can have life-long effects

Numerous Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year -- about 1.7 million to be precise. Approximately 300,000 brain injury victims receive their injuries in auto collisions. A car accident-related TBI can have life-long effects. It can cause a person to experience both physical and psychological changes. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI in a car accident caused by another individual, you may seek relief for any losses sustained.

Everybody reacts differently to brain injuries. While doctors can do a fairly decent job of determining how well one should be able to recover, there really are no guarantees. It is also impossible to say which symptoms one should expect or how long they will last.

Dog bite victims are legally protected in Massachusetts

Dog bite injuries can result in serious, and lasting, physical, financial and emotional harm. When a victim has been harmed by a dog attack, dog owners in Massachusetts are strictly liable for the injuries and harm caused by the dog. This means that dog owners have a duty to restrain their pets and keep the public safe. Because the legal process takes the protection of victims seriously, regardless of the circumstances, dog bite victims are legally protected by strict liability dog bite law.

Dog bites may result in significant medical expenses which can include surgeries and other medical care and treatment that may be needed; lost wages if the victim is unable to work as a result of the injuries they suffered in a dog attack; and pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma oftentimes associated with a dog bite injury.

Slip-and-fall accidents and workers’ compensation benefits, premises liability damages

Serious workplace accidents come in a variety of forms and can occur in a variety of circumstances. One common cause of injuries and deaths, particularly in the construction industry, is when workers slip and fall. Wise businesses work to minimize the risk of slip and fall accidents, both with respect to clients or customers and workers, but some employers simply don’t do enough to prevent these accidents.

Looking at the issue from the standpoint of workplace safety, businesses can face serious expenses for failing to address slip-and-fall risks. Federal regulators take the issue seriously. In fact, last year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued new safety standards regarding surfaces, including floors, stairs, ladders, platforms, and any surface where people walk and work. 

When cases of medical malpractice call for immediate action

Medical malpractice is a broad term that encompasses a variety of acts. Sometimes, cases of such negligent medical malpractice are difficult to prove, either because the court system requires so much evidence or because the issue is so complex that patients aren't sure where to begin.

In fact, even in clear-cut cases of medical negligence, sometimes patients still aren't sure whether they are victims of malpractice. Medical science is complicated and can feel overwhelming. In some instances, though, the wrongdoing is obvious and immediately apparent. Regardless, if you have been the victim of such dangerous or negligent care, you may not be sure what to do next or how to proceed. There are steps you can take to get the help you need and hold the wrongdoer accountable for his or her actions.

Do large truck underride guard requirements need an update? P.2

Last time, we began looking at the topic of underride guards, current federal safety regulations for underride guards, and ongoing efforts to make these safety requirements stricter. As we noted, those who have been working toward stricter underride guard requirements have faced significant inertia among lawmakers.

Whenever a truck accident occurs, of course, working with an experienced attorney is necessary to ensure the accident victim is able to build the strongest possible case in seeking compensation from responsible parties. Truck drivers are bound by multiple safety requirements under both state and federal law, and investigating compliance with these measures can be an important part of preparing a truck accident case.

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