On May 14, 2020 the Chief Justices of the Supreme Judicial, Appeals, and Trial Court came together and provided “tentative” plans for the months ahead. They acknowledged that it will be a work in progress depending on the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as well as any new orders on the State of Emergency.u-s-supreme-court-hallway-658238-m-300x225

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

It is important to ensure the safety of the court employees and the public before moving forward given that approximately 40,000 persons a day entered Massachusetts courtrooms. Since we are “all in this together”, we say thank you to the Justices for working to find solutions that protect not only the public but also the law and the rights of the people.

As of now courthouses will remain physically closed through June. It is expected that the courthouses will open physically this summer in stages and then only for certain matters that require an in-person appearance. Despite the closure, the Trial Court will continue, for the foreseeable future, to attempt to handle most matters that do not require an in-person appearance virtually. Continue reading

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation recently reported that while there was 50% less Accident Reported in Carvertraffic on Massachusetts roadways in April 2020 there were still 28 fatalities. In April 2019 with twice the amount of traffic, there were 27 fatalities meaning the fatality rate doubled in April 2020.

Excessive speed is a leading cause of fatalities. “Reduced traffic volume is no excuse for excessive speed,” said Jeff Larason, Director of Highway Safety for the Executive Office of Safety and Security.  “We’re reminding everyone to drive responsibly, wear a seat belt, and watch the road for cyclists and pedestrians.”

The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC has represented thousands of car crash victims over the last 25 years. If you or a loved is a victim of a speeding or dangerous driver please let us help. Call 617-367-2900 or contact us online.

Attorney Benjamin A. Pushner of the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC, will be a photo__2973458_benjaminapushner-200x300presenter for an upcoming Rhode Island Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, “Arbitration Essentials:  Preparation and Procedure.”

Being broadcast live as a webinar on May 28, 2020, at 12:00 noon, the program will later be available on-demand for download through the bar association web site.

In addition to advocating for clients in court and at arbitration and mediation, Ben also serves as a court-appointed arbitrator in Rhode Island and as a mediator certified pursuant to the Massachusetts Confidentiality Statute and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.

Carnival Cruise Line executives knew about the deadly novel coronavirus but failed to stop sailing or take adequate steps to protect passengers from its spread, according to an April 16 online report by Bloomberg titled “Socially Distance This.”

The news agency said more than 1,500 people on Carnival’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with coronavirus and dozens have died.

Covid-19 Outbreak on the Grand Princess and Diamond Princess

Carnival first communicated news about Covid-19 to passengers on its Grand Princess cruise ship on March 4 in a letter slipped under passenger cabin doors, Bloomberg reported. The letter announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had started to investigate “a small cluster” of coronavirus cases in California that might have been connected to the cruise ship, according to the report. Continue reading

Every year, workers are killed or seriously injured while removing snow or ice from rooftops and other elevated building structures, according to a Hazard Alert from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.snow on roof

Considering New England’s brutal winters, dangers associated with snow and ice removal are very real for workers and others living in the greater Boston area. Luckily, many injuries and fatalities can be prevented, the agency said.

If you’ve been injured removing snow or ice from a roof or other elevated structure while working, it’s imperative that you hire experienced and aggressive legal representation. A seasoned OSHA workers’ compensation attorney in Boston will fight for you and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Here’s a quick look at OSHA’s Hazard Alert:

Why is snow removed from roofs and other elevated surfaces?

• To prevent overloading and collapse.
• For construction or repair of decking or roofs. Continue reading

Insurance tends to be something that people think about when there’s a major change. You update your insurance policy when you buy a new car and or a new house.slip and fall on ice

Or, maybe you’ve been in a car accident or suffered some other type of loss and have needed to file an insurance claim. You might pay careful attention to your insurance policy coverage and benefits depending on the outcome of the claim.

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Division of Insurance is encouraging consumers to think about insurance coverage more frequently. Massachusetts residents should ring in 2020 by taking steps to make sure they are properly insured and protected, the groups said in a news brief issued Dec. 24, 2019. Continue reading

The rock-and-roll singer Meat Loaf says hotel chain Hyatt Corp. is to blame for a fall off a raised stage at a horror convention that has left him unable to perform.Massachusetts personal injury attorney slip-and-fall accidents

Meat Loaf, whose real name is Michael Lee Aday, claims in a lawsuit filed Jan. 13, 2020, in a Texas state court that Hyatt hung curtains from the back of the stage that hid where the stage ended and created a hazard.

Even though the lawsuit was filed in a Texas court, the case is typical of a premises liability lawsuit.

Premises liability is the term used to describe a personal injury case in which the injury was caused by an unsafe condition on someone’s property. Individuals and companies that own and rent property have a duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. Continue reading

A new study from a Harvard Medical School hospital has found that recreational cannabis use impacts an individual’s driving ability, even when the individual is not high from marijuana.driving under the influence of marijuana

The dangerous behaviors of non-intoxicated drivers documented in the study included drivers exceeding the speed limit, blowing through red lights and crossing the centerline of roads. These are driving behaviors that can cause serious and even deadly car accidents.

In addition to linking chronic, heavy, recreational cannabis use to poorer driving performance in non-intoxicated individuals, the study also found that individuals who started using marijuana at age 16 or earlier exhibited greater impairment.

A specially designed driving simulation was used to obtain the data. Continue reading

Injuries in sports are common, especially in contact sports such as football, rugby or ice hockey. But when can a player sue another player for a personal injury sustained during the course of a game?hockey players sue other players

On Dec. 2, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision that Daniel Borella, who was 17 when he was checked by another player and cut on the wrist by the player’s hockey blades, cannot sue the player, coaches, referees or rink owners and managers for his injuries.

The majority explained that checking is “a fundamental aspect of the way the game is played” and does not rise to the level of “reckless” misconduct required to trigger liability. Continue reading

If you are injured in an Uber or by an Uber – or a crash involving any other rideshare service in Boston – you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries.injury lawyer

Among the considerations a Boston personal injury attorney will make following an Uber crash:

  • Uber considers its drivers to be independent contractors, not employees, which allows a degree of distance between the company and a negligent driver, where otherwise vicarious liability/doctrine of respondeat superior would make rideshare companies automatically responsible to pay. All drivers are required to carry their own auto insurance, but if third-party liability doesn’t apply, Uber offers up to $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident ($50,000 per person) while drivers are active on the app and up to $1 million while they are en route to pick up a fare or are actively carrying a fare.
  • Uber, like Lyft and other providers, insist they are not “taxi” or “livery” services, but rather technology platforms. In addition to not employing drivers, they don’t own any vehicles either.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists injured in a crash with an Uber driver may be entitled to third-party liability coverage too.

In practice, however, this coverage isn’t so straightforward as it might seem. Take, for instance, a case reported on recently by WCVB ABC-5 in Boston. A man in Framingham is reportedly being sued for a 2015 Massachusetts Uber accident in which he, Uber’s passenger, reportedly doored a bicyclist. Uber insists it won’t defend him (and further won’t pay the bicyclist injured).

The news station reportedly discovered that many of the insurance protections the company purports to carry for drivers and passengers, as well as injured bicyclists and pedestrians, may not be as readily available as one might be led to believe. Continue reading

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