A baby being born in Worcester is supposed to be one of the happiest events of the parents' lives. Unfortunately, many forget that medical complications can result for both the mother and the child. Sometimes a birth injury can happen naturally and it's no one's fault. At other times, however, there is a doctor error that occurs, leading to the issue. The aftereffects can be long-term or short-term. They can lead to major medical expenses, significant treatment and the need for constant care.
In car accidents involving pedestrians, the pedestrian has little chance of walking away unscathed. The size difference between an average vehicle and an average human being is enormous, and given the fact that a pedestrian is completely vulnerable, it is highly likely that a pedestrian will suffer injury or death in the event of an accident. Drivers need to be acutely aware of their surroundings at all times, taking extra caution not to involve a pedestrian in an accident. When they fail to do so, drivers may be found guilty of negligence.
When Massachusetts workers go to work, they don't likely expect to be injured. However, many workers do jobs where the risk of workplace injuries is high. The risk may be inherent to the job or the workplace may be unsafe. In other situations, accidents unexpectedly occur and cause injuries in an otherwise safe workplace.
Any car accident can be devastating. Semi-truck accidents, however, can be more devastating and destructive than other accidents involving smaller vehicles. Commercial trucks can weigh thousands of pounds. That much weight travelling at high speeds creates a deadly, highly destructive force. Worcester residents who have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle know how devastating these accidents can be. But they may not know what their options are following such a crash.
Worcester residents who have been involved in a dog attack know how emotionally and physical painful such attacks can be. Even though these attacks are traumatic and painful, though, many are still hesitant to pursue legal action out of consideration for the pet owner's financial well-being. This hesitation is often due to a misconception, however -- a lawsuit following a dog bite attack does not always financially cripple the owner.
As Worcester residents are well aware, winter weather conditions pose a great threat to drivers on the road. One small act of negligence can have enormous consequences. By failing to pay attention to the road, a driver may not stop in time for stalled traffic and hit an ice patch, rear-ending the car in front of him. A driver on a cell phone might quickly lose control of a vehicle and hit a pedestrian. In both of these instances, the victims have rights.
As Worcester residents turn the page on 2014, many are starting off the New Year with unexpected challenges. Those are the families and victims of auto accidents, the kind that tend to spike in frequency right around New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
When workers head out to a construction site in Worcester, they expect to know what they are getting into. Permits must be pulled and plans approved before work can begin. Failure to follow these steps can create unsafe working conditions, the kind that lead to serious or even fatal accidents.
We've been on the subject of dog attacks here on our Worcester personal injury law blog in recent weeks and want to continue this week with a look at less-frequently recognized injuries associated with such incidents. We are talking about scarring and disfigurement injuries.
While last week's story about a dog bite injury involved a celebrity from a reality television show, Worcester residents need look no further than the local news on a given night to find similar stories. When victims of a dog attack find themselves faced with overwhelming medical expenses, physical pain and even emotional pain, they have legal rights to pursue compensation in some situations. It's important, however, to know what the law says here in Massachusetts about this.