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Just because you grieve differently doesn't mean you don't hurt

No Massachusetts parents want to outlive their child. The sudden loss of a child to a tragedy, such as a car accident, will likely devastate you. You and the other parent may not grieve the same, but that doesn't mean you don't feel the loss.

Grief comes in all shapes and sizes. You may need to take time alone to process what you feel, but the other parent may need to talk about it -- or vice versa. Under these circumstances, it often feels as though the two of you are miles apart, but in your hearts, you feel the same.

Do large truck underride guard requirements need an update? P.1

Truck accidents can take a variety of forms, but one type of truck accident readers may not be as aware of is underride collisions. These accidents occur when a motorist’s vehicle slides underneath the body of a truck and is crushed. Such accidents are particularly deadly, and there is a fight to make these types of accidents rarer. 

Under current federal law all vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more must be equipped with underride guards which meet certain dimensional specifications. Underride guards must also meet certain strength testing and energy absorption requirements. These standards set the maximum height from the ground, maximum distance from side extremities and maximum offset from the rear plane of the truck’s trailer. 

What are the Hours of Service rules and why do they matter to truck accident victims?

Truck accidents—like other motor vehicle accidents—can occur for a variety of reasons, some of them preventable and some of them less preventable. Whenever a truck accident occurs, it is critical for accident victims to have their case thoroughly evaluated to determine what potentially liable parties were involved, what legal claims and damages may be appropriate, and to gather the strongest possible evidence to support these claims and damages.

In any truck accident, building a case for liability should always include an examination of whether the truck driver involved in the crash was in compliance with federal and state trucking regulations and rules at the time of the crash. Although violations will, in some cases, not have a direct connection to the crash, in some cases they do. One common area where this is seen is with Hours of Service violations. 

Who can be sued in a birth injury case?

When you or a loved gets admitted to the hospital, for whatever reason, it's reasonable to expect that you will come out of the place in better shape than when you entered. Most of the time, that's exactly what happens. But there are times in nearly every medical facility in Massachusetts when something goes wrong.

When the medical condition involves childbirth and the result is a birth injury, the fair question to ask is whether mother and child received a proper standard of care. If that came up short due to any medical team member or because of a shortcoming in hospital policy, the responsible party or the hospital itself might be named as defendants in efforts to obtain compensation and justice for the victims.

5 reasons workers' compensation benefits can be denied

Getting sick or hurt on the job can significantly disrupt your life. Not only are you dealing with the pain and fear of a health condition, but you also can be unable to work which can make it even more difficult to take care of yourself and get the treatment you need. Thankfully, there are workers' compensation benefits available to workers who are injured on the job in Massachusetts.

However, as noted in this guide from the Department of Industrial Accidents in Massachusetts, roughly half of all workers' compensation claims are disputed. This means that there is a very real possibility your claim could be among those that an insurer or employer denies. You can work to avoid this by knowing -- and avoiding, if possible -- some common reasons why claims are denied. These reasons are listed below.

How are broken ribs treated?

Nobody wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, as they realize two things can happen: they can suffer a serious injury, and their vehicle can be damaged.

With this in mind, it's important to receive medical treatment should you find yourself involved in a crash. If you don't, you could end up overlooking a serious injury that could cause pain and discomfort well into the future.

Getting the answers you need and deserve after a hit-and-run

Every driver in Worcester should know that after any type of motor vehicle accident resulting in injury or damage, you are supposed to stop. After stopping, you can call for help if necessary and exchange insurance and contact information so that everything can be sorted out in terms of paying for any damage.

However, drivers across the state decide not to comply with this requirement and instead flee the scene of an accident. Not only is this a crime, it is also incredibly irresponsible, as the driver can be leaving behind an injured party without help. In these situations, it is crucial that hit-and-run crash victims and their families talk to an attorney to ensure efforts to locate the driver are necessarily aggressive.

Slip-and-fall accidents cause more than embarassment

Suffering a serious injury under any circumstances can prove detrimental to your life. When the injury or injuries occurred due to another person's negligence, you may feel particularly wounded by the fact that certain occurrences could have prevented the injury-causing incident. Nonetheless, you must deal with the aftermath of the event, and in many cases, injuries can create a myriad of problems, ranging from the physical to the financial.

When it comes to slip-and-fall accidents, the owners or operators of the property where the incident occurred could potentially hold liability for your injuries. Therefore, you may wish to understand the circumstances that could point to their liability and how you could potentially seek compensation.

Medical malpractice comes in many forms

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term "medical malpractice?" While many people think about a simple diagnosis error, this type of negligence can actually take on many forms.

Do you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice? If you find yourself in this position, it's important to learn more about the ins and outs of medical malpractice, including the many forms. Consider the following:

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