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Will My Personal Injury Settlement Be Taxed?

By DiBella Law Offices on January 11, 2021

After you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, every dollar counts when you are trying to pay your medical bills, plan for future expenses, and cover any lost wages from being out of work. This is why advocating for the highest possible settlement offer or jury verdict is of the utmost importance. But another question that many accident victims have during the claims process is how getting a big settlement will impact their taxes.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

Safeguarding Your Child’s Inheritance in a Divorce

By DiBella Law Offices on December 28, 2020

Entering into a new marriage when you have children can be a trying process. No matter their ages, your children may have bitter feelings about your future spouse or this new stage of your life. But beyond their personal feelings, you may be worried about their financial future. Marriage merges all of your assets and property with your new spouse’s. This means that anything you may have wanted to leave to your children could be claimed by your spouse in a divorce or if you pass away. While this shouldn’t stop you from getting married, there are certain steps you should take to protect your child’s inheritance.

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Posted in: Divorce

The Impact of a Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury

By DiBella Law Offices on December 21, 2020

Damage to the spinal cord can completely transform your life, but it all depends on the type of injury and where along the spine you were hurt. Some spinal cord injuries can be fixed with surgery and physical therapy, leaving the victim with no lasting damage. In other cases, it can cause partial to total paralysis from the waist down. When the lumbar portion of the spine is damaged, both are very real possibilities.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

Are Building Managers Liable for Wet and Unkept Lobbies?

By DiBella Law Offices on December 14, 2020

Winter is steadily encroaching on Boston, and with it comes the looming dangers of thunderstorms and snowfall. While our weather can be unpredictable, pedestrians always have the threat of suffering serious falls due to icy walkways, wet floors, and snow-covered sidewalks. Many people may attribute these injuries to clumsiness or inattentiveness, but property owners still hold a significant amount of liability for winter slip-and-falls, especially in their own buildings.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Are Pre-existing Conditions Covered in a Personal Injury Claim?

By DiBella Law Offices on December 7, 2020

One of the most hotly debated issues when it comes to personal injury claims is pre-existing conditions, especially for older accident victims. A serious car wreck or slip-and-fall and cause catastrophic injuries to the elderly, as well as to younger victims, and it is not uncommon for an accident to exasperate an older injury. In fact, insurance companies will often try to deny coverage if a plaintiff has a pre-existing condition. However, a pre-existing condition does not completely bar you from receiving payment on a claim, and there are several legal doctrines that a skilled attorney can use to protect your right to compensation.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

How a Cohabitation Agreement Can Help Your Relationship’s Finances

By DiBella Law Offices on November 23, 2020

Moving in together is an important step for many couples. It can demonstrate your commitment to each other and, for many, is paramount to determining if you are both ready for marriage. But it can also be extremely stressful, as you will both now have to split living costs, merge your incomes, share property, and figure out your finances. When you throw in conflicting personalities, this could put you in a sticky situation if one of you moves out or your breakup down the line. However, a cohabitation agreement may alleviate a lot of these problems.

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Posted in: Family Law

What You Need to Know About Dividing Your Small Business in a Divorce

By DiBella Law Offices on November 9, 2020

Building a business with your spouse can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also prove detrimental if you are going through a divorce. While many couples have to only worry about dividing up a household, small business owners have to thoroughly review their financial situation to determine how their business can be divided and what options are available to them.

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Posted in: Divorce

Understanding Loss of Enjoyment in Personal Injury Claims

By DiBella Law Offices on October 26, 2020

When preparing to file a personal injury claim, you may have come upon the term “non-economic damages.” These types of compensation refer to the personal damages you have suffered due to an injury, often related to the amount of pain you had to deal with, mental trauma, and emotional distress. Many claims also include “loss of enjoyment,” which is another broad term that most accident victims do not understand and can cause some confusion when determining how much your case is worth.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

How Children Receive Compensation in Personal Injury Claims

By DiBella Law Offices on October 10, 2020

Filing a personal injury claim for a child’s injury can be incredibly stressful for a parent. You just want to go back to before your child was injured and avoid having to deal with the entire legal process. It is perfectly understandable to find yourself confused about how to file a claim and how compensation will be paid out. Because the claim is specifically being filed on behalf of your child, the money is technically theirs. However, Massachusetts has a very specific process for how compensation is paid out to children.

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Posted in: Child Injuries

The Impact of Rear-end Collisions on the Body

By DiBella Law Offices on September 28, 2020

Many of us have experienced the sudden shock of a fender-bender but, luckily, have been able to walk away with no injuries and minimal damage to other vehicles. What many do not realize is just how catastrophic these accidents can become, especially if they involve a larger vehicle or occur at high speeds. Victims can be left with debilitating injuries that follow them for the rest of their lives if they are able to walk away from the accident at all.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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