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According to a recent news feature form the Daily News, a Massachusetts man who suffered a broken back and skull fracture has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Building Department. The victim was injured when a tower crane fell off a tall building that was being constructed, and landed on the his parked car while he was still inside.  This resulted in the car being crushed. Plaintiff suffered serious and permanent personal injury.  He is asking for $30 million in damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

825017_crash_carThe reason he is naming the city building department as a defendant is due to the allegations that the agency was negligent in connection with its responsibility to monitor the job site and crane safety. Continue reading

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A resident of a South Dartmouth nursing home was alive at the age of 100 to celebrate her birthday with her son and his three children.  She was dead a month later, and it was not a natural death according to a recent New York Times article.  Police said her roommate put a plastic shopping bag over her head and strangled and suffocated her to death. Her alleged assailant was 97 years old at the time of her death.

mmUMQT0The alleged attacker was suffering from senile dementia, but the prosecutors decided to charge her with murder.  Police never investigated the nursing home in connection with this tragic death, and that is part of the problem for the victim’s family.  The nursing home has said the two women argued occasionally, as people do, but generally got along pretty well.  With respect to the criminal case, the defendant was deemed not competent to stand trial and was committed to a state hospital.  Continue reading

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We have been hearing a lot about head injuries associated with playing football in recent years, and this past year, the issue was probably more of hot topic than ever before.  There was even a movie starring Will Smith aptly named Concussion.  However, head injuries resulting from playing football are not only a problem for college and professional athletes.

457973__1As a result of the high potential for brain injury, more and more parents are not allowing their children to play youth football once they are at an age where tackling is allowing.  Even some colleges, such as those that are part of the Ivy League football conference, have agreed to not allow any tackling during practice, which has become very controversial among those who think it will make games on Saturday less competitive. Continue reading

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As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, more people will be hitting the water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Some will be gearing up for the early run on stripers in the North Shore area, and others will simply spend the day on the water with friends and family.  While boating can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous.

1171697_a_beer_in_a_pubAccording to a recent news feature from CBS News, authorities have said that alcohol may have been a factor in a boat crash that injured 13 people.  Two of the people injured are said to have sustained critical injuries.  Witnesses say that all of the victims were on one boat on the Colorado River. While negotiating the waterway, the boat crashed into a group of large rocks.  Continue reading

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A recent news article from the Union Leader discusses a report that a man recently settled a lawsuit with a night club in the amount of $500,000.  The lawsuit was filed after plaintiff was injured in a confrontation with night club security personnel outside the Gloucester area establishment.

1037536_money_in_handThe 23-year-old plaintiff was severely injured as a result of the altercation with nightclub bouncers and had to have multiple surgical operations to treat his injuries. In his complaint, he was demanding $1 million in damages.  As part of the pretrial process, the case went before a mediator with Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services, and this ultimately led to the settlement that both parties were willing to accept.  Continue reading

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While this winter started off pretty mild, it has certainly turned cold across much of the New England area, including Boston.  With snowstorms and ice storms knocking out power throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, safety officials fear the worst as people are turning to alternative means to heat their homes, including wood stoves, space heaters and generators.

smoke-alarm-1420153-300x225The reason for the fear is that these devices, while they may heat the home, present a major risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause serious personal injury or death.  According to a recent news article from Wicked Local Franklin, firefighters in Massachusetts have already had to respond to a number of carbon monoxide calls where they needed to ventilate the buildings and make them safe again for residents.  Luckily, there were no injuries in these cases, and there were carbon monoxide detectors that were able to warn the residents, so they could call the fire department in time. Continue reading

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Whenever we walk on the street or even drive down a highway, we frequently come across metal manhole covers.  We don’t usually give much thought to them, but, as it turns out, they weigh over 200 pounds and can lead to serious personal injury or death in the event they come loose.  While, obviously, it is possible for someone to fall in an uncovered manhole, the covers themselves can also be quite deadly if they are knocked loose by a car or truck.

manhole-cover-san-francisco-1496606-300x200According to a recent news feature from WPRI, a manhole cover that did, in fact, weigh 200 pounds, was knocked loose by a vehicle on Interstate 93 by the O’Neil Tunnel in Boston.  The manhole cover was then clipped by another vehicle and was launched into the air and came crashing through the windshield of a car moving at highway speeds.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from Mass Live, a three-year-old boy has drowned at a New England area daycare.  State troopers have said that, when then the young victim’s parents arrived at the daycare facility to pick up their son, he was nowhere to be found.

1272047_snow1-300x225At this point, everyone began looking for the child, and one staff member searched the entirety of the daycare facility, including the outside area surrounding the building.  The child was eventually found floating in a stream behind the daycare center – in a stream that was partially frozen.  Continue reading

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Carlson v. Town of South Kingstown, a case from the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, involved a plaintiff who was injured at local little league game.  According to court records, the plaintiff went to a little league game at a field maintained by the town.  She was there to watch her son play in the baseball game.

baseballs-1192309-300x225Plaintiff had been standing at a chain link fence that separated her son’s team’s dugout from the batting cage where pitchers could warm up during the game, so she could see what was happening.  After the game, when she went to meet her son in the dugout, she testified that she felt her foot fall into a hole or divot in the ground.  When her foot fell into the hole, she suffered three separate fractures in one leg. Continue reading

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According to a recent report from CBS, a woman was killed in a skiing accident in Wisconsin. The 24-year-old woman was skiing when she hit a tree. Ski patrol personnel immediately responded to the scene of what would later prove to be a fatal accident, and they also called 911, so local authorities could provide additional assistance.

1380245_winter_street_sceneryWhen the local sheriff’s deputies arrived, ski patrol had already taken the victim down to the base of the mountain in a toboggan, so she could be provided additional medical attention and transported to a hospital by medevac helicopter or ambulance. Continue reading