Massachusetts Legal Blog

Beware of Halloween Dangers to Drivers and Pedestrians

By DiBella Law Offices on October 29, 2021

 

A costumed child holding a jack-o-lantern.One year after government officials cancelled public Halloween festivities due to the severity of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of the holiday’s enthusiasts are eager to get back out again this year to celebrate in a healthy and safe way. Donning costumes, eating candy, and enjoying seasonal adult beverages are just some of the activities that mark this fun weekend. Halloween holds a treat for people of all ages.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

Modern Technology for Trucking Accidents

By DiBella Law Offices on October 10, 2021

A man's left hand resting on the steering wheel of a truck.

Even with the rise of remote work in recent years, driving or riding in a vehicle as part of performing job duties is still a necessity for many Americans. Supply chain issues have surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic and have exposed vulnerabilities in the industry, but goods and services will always need to be transported throughout the country. As that happens, the reality is that there will be accidents in which people are injured or killed, and where large vehicles like trucks will cause damage.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Preventing Dog Bites and Aggression in MA

By DiBella Law Offices on October 3, 2021

Dog ownership in the U.S. increased dramatically during 2020, as reported in a Washington Post article. This boom in dog sales and adoptions is largely attributed to the global pandemic. More than 11 million American households have acquired a new pet during this time, according to Today’s Veterinary Business. With this increase, it is more important than ever that people learn how to interact safely with pets.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

Why a Life Care Plan Is Important After a Spinal Cord Injury

By DiBella Law Offices on September 13, 2021

A female life care planner

A life care plan is a document created by a life care planner. Its purpose is to identify the future medical and supportive care needs of a particular person. Life care plans are needed for individuals with a chronic illness or disabling injury, such as spinal cord injury. They are used in consultations with patients, their families, and rehabilitation or medical professionals for coordinating medical care and support. Life care plans are also used to project the costs of long-term care for a seriously injured person.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

What If My Child Is Injured in a School Zone?

By DiBella Law Offices on September 6, 2021

Bus dropping off a child at school zone.

School zones are intended to alert drivers and help protect children from injury. The reality is children are still injured in school zones, in pedestrian accidents, school bus accidents, and car accidents. Children account for a significant proportion of pedestrian fatalities, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Posted in: Child Injuries

Parental Liability in Teen Driving Accidents

By DiBella Law Offices on August 31, 2021

Mom teacher son to driveA collision with a teen driver can be nerve-wracking, confusing, and stressful. Teen drivers naturally do not have the years of experience that adult drivers have and may speed, make reckless turns, or even use drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel, increasing the severity of an accident. While your PIP insurance may cover some of your medical bills, you may be forced to file a claim against a teen driver’s insurance to receive compensation. In some cases, you may also have a claim against the teen’s parents.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Keeping Safe on the Road During Warm Weather

By DiBella Law Offices on August 24, 2021

Sunlight coming through front windshield into driver's eyesSummer in Boston brings with it fireworks, barbeques, boat trips, and baseball games. Unfortunately, as much as we all want to enjoy the warm weather, summer also comes with serious auto accidents. July and August record the highest rate of fatal accidents out of the year. With more people on the road, including tourists and vacationers, there always comes the risk of a collision, but summer is particularly dangerous for several factors, not just from out-of-state drivers.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

When Can I File a Claim for Nursing Home Abuse?

By DiBella Law Offices on August 10, 2021

An elderly man holding a rod.Older adults go into nursing homes at the point when they need long-term, round-the-clock care. Nursing home residents have certain rights guaranteed to them under federal and Massachusetts law. Among these are the right to a clean, safe environment, assistance with their daily needs, proper medical care, and freedom from abuse or neglect. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation.

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Posted in: Personal Injuries

If You Were Bitten by a Dog at Work, You Have Rights

By DiBella Law Offices on June 24, 2021

Two Airedale terriers sitting on a lawnWhen you start your day at work, you deserve to feel safe and know that you will not be unexpectedly injured. But dog bites can happen anywhere nowadays, with more and more people out walking their pets through all areas of Boston. For workers who regularly visit their clients’ homes, there has been an uptick in dog bite injuries, especially when pet owners do not take proper steps to protect them.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

Is My Car’s Black Box Helpful in a Car Accident Claim?

By DiBella Law Offices on June 10, 2021

Car dashboard and speedometerBlack boxes, or event data recorders (EDRs), are often mentioned after tragic plane crashes, but these devices are actually incredible common in day-to-day life. All modern semi-trucks are legally required to have black boxes in order to collect data about collisions, and most car manufacturers now add black boxes into their vehicles. If you bought a car in the past decade, it may include a black box that contains important information about any collision you experience.

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Posted in: Car Accidents