Massachusetts Legal Blog
Massachusetts Legal Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Economic unrest across Massachusetts and the rest of the United States has pushed many families to begin cutting costs in order to avoid serious financial hardships. For some, that means minimizing luxuries like Netflix, daily Starbucks orders, or even cell phone plans. However, with so many of us working from home or out of work, there is the temptation to lower our car insurance plans or allow them to lapse altogether. While this may allow some short-term respite from costly premiums, it can have dire consequences for everyone involved if there is an accident.
Moving on from the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult, especially if you must bear the weight of leftover hospital bills and a sudden drop in household income. That is why, if your loved one died due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, such as in a traffic collision, you may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death suit. However, while the laws and processes are similar to a personal injury claim, but there are key differences that make these cases more complex.
Injuries caused by negligent property owners can often lead to a premise’s liability claim, which allows the victim to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. A viable case requires proving that the property owner knew about a safety hazard, failed to fix it, and that hazard caused injury to the victim. This may involve a large amount of evidence, demonstrations of damages through costly medical bills, and a series of complex negotiations between lawyers. However, some cases must also contend with the ferae naturae doctrine, which can complicate matters further.
One of the most noticeable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the sudden drop in traffic on Massachusetts’s roadways. Anyone who has had to go out to work essential jobs or get groceries has clearly seen how open and empty our freeways have become. Sadly, these clear roadways have not led to safer roads or a reduction in car accidents.
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