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What to Do If Flying Ice Damages Your Car

By DiBella Law Offices on February 1, 2022

View from the top of a car covered in snow.

Massachusetts police responded to dozens of calls reporting damage from flying ice chunks during the first week of February 2022, as reported by CBS Boston. One such report involved a vehicle windshield that was shattered by a piece of ice that flew off another car on I-93 South in Medford. This type of damage can be prevented when drivers take the time and trouble to clear snow and ice off their vehicles before they set out.

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Tesla Unplugs Ability to Play Games While Traveling

By DiBella Law Offices on December 28, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation of Tesla concerning video games on the front touchscreens of vehicles that can be played while they are in motion. This function on Tesla vehicles is known as “Passenger Play.” The NHTSA is concerned that it may distract drivers and increase the risk of a crash.

Passenger Play has been available to drivers since December 2020, as reported by Business Insider. Before that, gameplay was only enabled on Tesla vehicles when they were in park. The Passenger Play function on Tesla vehicles makes it possible for drivers to play games while driving on the touchscreen of the car.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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