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When Do Grandparents’ Rights Apply in Massachusetts?

By DiBella Law Offices on March 19, 2020

Grandparents play a unique role in the raising of children, sometimes even taking over as surrogate parents if the parents are unavailable or deceased. In many cases, grandparents don’t realize that they have legal recourse for both financial aid and visitation rights – but they do. If you are a grandparent trying to do your best for your grandchildren when they are in a difficult situation, you need legal assistance to utilize your Grandparent rights.

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Posted in: Family Law

What Are the Child Custody Laws in Massachusetts for Unmarried Parents?

By DiBella Law Offices on March 4, 2020

For most parents, one of the most important aspects of life is the relationship with their children, and ensuring the children are well taken care of, happy, and leading good lives. However, when parents have children without being married in Massachusetts, the father can have a distinct challenge in attaining the legal recognition of fatherhood, and the rights associated with being a parent.

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Posted in: Family Law

What If I’m Hit by a Government Vehicle?

By DiBella Law Offices on February 24, 2020

When you are hit by a government vehicle, you are facing the challenge of filing a claim against a governmental agency to recover compensation. Thankfully, recovering compensation from a city, county, state, or federal agency can be accomplished – but only when the process is performed correctly and within the time limits imposed by law.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Does Public Property Mean Legally?

By DiBella Law Offices on February 10, 2020

The city of Boston maintains a clear distinction between who is legally responsible for private and public streets and sidewalks, and this distinction is critical when filing a claim for injuries in a slip and fall accident. When you file a claim or lawsuit to recover damages, you are asserting three basic facts:

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Posted in: Premises Liability

DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Sponsors 2020 Scholarship!

By DiBella Law Offices on January 23, 2020

At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we are not only dedicated to helping our clients, but also the community at large. We stand by individuals we believe can make a big impact on the world and believe an education is the best tool in their skillset. That is why we are once again accepting applications for our annual “Writing the Future” scholarship. This award will provide one individual with a $1,000 scholarship towards a post-secondary education.

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Posted in: Firm News

Restaurant Manager Killed in Chemical Accident

By DiBella Law Offices on January 20, 2020

On November 7th, 2019, Mr. Ryan Balder tragically died from fatal toxic fumes accidentally created by an employee mixing bleach and acid. He was the manager of the local Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings, and he heroically returned into the restaurant to save people and contain the situation, despite the risks. This incident sent 13 people to the hospital and would have been far more serious if Mr. Balder hadn’t risked his life in his efforts to save the lives of others.

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Posted in: Wrongful Death

Columbia Gas Explosion in Lawrence County

By DiBella Law Offices on January 6, 2020

On Sept 13, 2018, Columbia Gas accidentally over-pressurized a gas main that fed thousands of homes throughout Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover counties. The over-pressurization of the gas main resulted in explosions and fires that killed one person, sent 22 others to the hospital, damaged 131 structures, and destroyed at least five homes. 30,000 customers were forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter elsewhere due to unsafe conditions – interrupting and, for many, shattering their lives.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

Wet Weather Driving Tips to Avoid Accidents This Fall

By DiBella Law Offices on October 31, 2019

Fall has arrived in Massachusetts, and with it has come changing leaves, hockey, cooler weather, and a lot more rain. Unfortunately, wet weather leads to more hazardous road conditions, especially during particularly heavy downpours. Though New Englanders are accustomed to harsh weather, even a light rain can make roads harder to navigate, especially for irresponsible drivers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

How to Prove a Driver was Distracted Following an Accident

By DiBella Law Offices on October 29, 2019

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic collisions nationwide. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured on a daily basis in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

How to Steer Clear of Bicycle Accidents

By DiBella Law Offices on August 31, 2019

Whether it’s through the streets of Boston, Methuen, Andover, or anywhere in Massachusetts, taking a leisurely bicycle ride can be a joyful and relaxing activity. However, when you take your bike out for a spin, you need to be cautious of pedestrians, other bicyclists, and cars on the road. Whether it’s due to distracted driving or some other form of negligence, being hit by car while on a bicycle can have deadly or lifelong consequences. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

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