Massachusetts Legal Blog

Compensation Now Available for Victims at Camp Lejeune

By DiBella Law Offices on September 5, 2022

Between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, over one million people who lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other diseases.

Recent legislation passed by Congress and signed on August 8, 2022 allows victims and their families to seek legal damages for death and injuries resulting from the contaminated groundwater.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

If I Report a Dog Bite, Will the Dog Be Euthanized?

By DiBella Law Offices on August 20, 2022

When it comes to dog bites, Massachusetts is a strict liability state. That means the dog’s owner is responsible to for any harm the dog does to people or property, and the victim does not have to prove negligence to receive compensation.

If a dog is declared to be a “dangerous dog” by the local authority, Massachusetts law allows the authority to require the dog’s owner to take steps to prevent the dog from harming someone in the future. In rare cases, dogs that have killed or seriously harmed people or other animals are euthanized in Massachusetts, but dog owners have the right to appeal the decision.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

Future Cars to Prevent Drunk Driving

By DiBella Law Offices on August 5, 2022

Recent legislation passed by Congress requires automakers to develop technology that will identify drunk drivers and stop them from driving.

It will take a few years to devise and implement this new technology, but soon we could be seeing cars that automatically shut down if they detect signs that the driver is under the influence.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Dog Attacks

By DiBella Law Offices on July 30, 2022

With pet ownership on the rise across the nation, the chances of being bitten by a dog are greater than ever. Any dog can bite, regardless of breed, size, age, or sex, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). If you or your child is attacked by a neighbor’s dog, you are entitled to seek compensation from the dog’s owner. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to find out how to proceed.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

Can an Injured Jaywalker Still Pursue a Claim Against the Driver?

By DiBella Law Offices on July 15, 2022

Can you recover compensation for a pedestrian accident if you were jaywalking? The short answer is yes, sometimes. If driver negligence contributed to the crash, you may still have a claim. Speak with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney to find out if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.

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Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Stay Safe on the Road This Fourth of July Weekend

By DiBella Law Offices on June 30, 2022

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Monday. Between Friday afternoon and midnight on Monday, millions of Americans will be hitting the highways to visit friends and relatives or see new places.

Though it’s a great way to get around, traveling by automobile has the highest fatality rate per mile of any major form of transportation.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Is Your Child at Risk for a Drowning Accident?

By DiBella Law Offices on June 15, 2022

Drowning is a leading cause of death and severe injuries for children. More children between the ages 1 and 4 die from drowning that any other type of accident. Drowning is also the second highest cause of accidental deaths for children 14 and younger.

There are about 4000 fatal drowning deaths every year. Most childhood drownings happen in fresh water. A swimming is pool is the place where a child is most likely to drown, but a child can drown anywhere there is enough water.

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Posted in: Child Injuries

Introducing Our 2022 Writing the Future Scholarship Winner!

By DiBella Law Offices on June 7, 2022

The hand of a man holding out his graduation diploma for the camera.

There may be a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment, but there is always hope. In the face of adversity that can be displayed in so many ways, there’s an upcoming generation of students who have set high goals for themselves to make a difference in both in their local communities and the world around them.

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Posted in: Firm News

Why Is Sumner Tunnel Closing?

By DiBella Law Offices on May 30, 2022

Sumner Tunnel will be closing off and on over the coming weeks and years so workers can make some long-overdue repairs. The tunnel travels one way beginning at Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston and has two exits – one connects to I-93 northbound and downtown Boston near Haymarket Station, and the other connects to Storrow Drive and Nashua Street.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Congratulations to Our 2022 Writing the Future Scholarship Finalists

By DiBella Law Offices on May 24, 2022

Three students dressed in graduation attire, holding their diplomas.

Young people are our future, and members of the next generation who want to better themselves can be more well-equipped to do so with the right resources. Our Writing the Future Scholarship seeks to recognize those very students who want to have a positive impact on the world around them. These exceptional individuals desire to be a good steward of the education they receive so that they can contribute to society. That’s a mission that resonates with us at DiBella Law Offices, P.C.

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Posted in: Firm News