As the story goes, Lady Justice, also known as Lady Liberty, was a Roman goddess who was recognized by the scales she held in one hand to balance the concepts of reason and justice, and a sword in the other hand to symbolize the swift power of justice. In addition, she is sometimes depicted wearing a blindfold to represent the idea that justice should be rendered without regard for a person’s wealth, status, or power.

If you have ever visited Charlestown, you have probably seen the Lady Justice sculpture that serves as a memorial to Massachusetts’ first courts established in 1630. However, women did not start working in the legal profession until 1869 and have played an essential role in the legal system ever since. They have helped create a place for others to grow and contribute in an environment that men have traditionally dominated.

History is filled with trailblazing female attorneys who shaped American history. For example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Harvard Law School graduate, became the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, following in Sandra Day O’Connor’s footsteps. She has blazed the way for the female attorneys and judges of today. Another Harvard Law School graduate, Janet Reno became the first female Attorney General of the United States in 1993. And let us not forget Margaret Marshall, one of the most famous female lawyers from Massachusetts. Born in South Africa, Marshall completed her legal education at Yale Law School. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1999 and was the first female to serve in that capacity. She did so until 2010.

Geico has been ordered to pay $5.2 million in damages to a Missouri woman who allegedly contracted a sexually transmitted disease, known as HPV, in an insured car owned by her then-boyfriend.

On June 7, the Missouri Court of Appeals published an opinion siding with the woman, identified in court papers as M.O., who said she contracted HPV while having sex in the policyholder’s car in 2017.

HPV, short for human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted disease with symptoms that include warts on or near the genitals. Although many people with HPV are asymptomatic, they can still infect others via sexual contact. While treatment can help people with HPV, there is no cure.

Suffering an injury can be a jarring experience. It can be downright overwhelming when it’s at the hands of a negligent person or entity. However, you must not panic. Instead, approach the situation carefully, as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.

It’s important to know what to do immediately following an accident. Here are five things you should  do following an injury.

  1. Report the accident. It’s normal to want to put your injury out of your mind. However, you must record your experience and be as detailed as possible. This could be your testimony and give your case credibility.

In April 2022, a 39-year-old Boston man died after he became trapped in the door of a Red Line train and was dragged a short distance as the train left a platform in South Boston. 1220282_subway_station-300x225

Unfortunately, these tragic incidents happen far too frequently and cause serious injury to innocent travelers, even though they are largely preventable.

Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers believes that everyone should be able to use the MBTA’s systems and facilities safely and without incident. If you or a family member have been hurt in an MBTA subway or train dragging accident, we can help you recover maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Recently the United States Supreme Court has rejected two bids by Bayer (the purchaser of Monsanto) to dismiss litigation that Round Up weed killer causes cancer.

Round Up is a glyphosate based herbicide manufactured by Monsato.  Essentially it is a weed killer.   Glyphosate is known as a probable human carcinogen that is linked to the development of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).

The Supreme Court denied a petition by Bayer that had asked the Court to consider whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) preempts a state law failure to warn claim regarding warnings labels on Round Up weed killer.

On May 4, emergency personnel rescued people trapped in a collapse at the Edison Power Plant building in South Boston, according to officials.Update: Firefighters Injured in Building Fire

A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department said officers had been called to 776 Summer Street for a partial building collapse with “multiple people” trapped inside.

News reports showed Boston police, fire, and EMS personnel at the scene.

Community seeks answers for the cause of deadly boat accident

Bostonians are mourning the loss of a 27-year-old woman killed in a boat crash in Boston Harbor on July 17 and seeking information about the accident.

Jeanica Julce of Somerville died after the boat she was on crashed into a “day marker” buoy around 3 a.m., tossing her and the seven other people on board into the water.

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries has determined that more adults are dying in bicycle crashes. bicycle-ocean-300x169

Notably, the study, which analyzed data from 2009 to 2018, also found that:

  • Doctors treated approximately 600,000 individuals for bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries in hospital emergency rooms in the United States.

May is National Bike Month, and it’s being celebrated in Boston and other cities and towns across thebicycle12-300x199 country.

The initiative includes challenges and events that highlight the benefits of bicycling to encourage more people to give bicycling a try, regardless of whether they are riding a bicycle to commute to work or with their families for fun and fitness.

Like the group says on its website: “Life is better for everyone when more people ride bikes.”

In recent years, the construction industry has been thriving in the greater Boston area. Construction in Boston, Quincy, and front-end-loader-opt-300x200Cambridge came in at a whopping $14.3 billion in 2018, up 20% from the previous year, according to a recent report.

As new construction sites pop up in the area, new hazards emerge, posing threats to workers and pedestrians passing by. Backover accidents are, particularly on the rise.  Backover accidents are crashes that occur when a driver reverses into and injures or kills a pedestrian. The pedestrian may be another construction worker or a nearby civilian.

Worksites utilizing heavy equipment increase the risks of back up maneuver accidents. Heavy equipment operators often cannot see what is happening behind them when they back up and drive in reverse. These workers sit high above the ground, impairing their ability to see what’s happening at ground level. They rely on spotters and other devices to ensure the vehicle’s enormous blind spots are accounted for.

In fact, statistics indicate that approximately 30% of construction accidents occur when vehicles and heavy machinery are backing up.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates approximately 210 workers were struck by and killed from backing vehicles between 2011 and 2013, another 15,000 were injured.

In 2014, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reviewed reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found 443 construction accidents from 2003 to 2010 due to backover accidents on construction worksites. Continue reading

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