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10 Etiquette Tips for Testifying in Court

Published in Civil Law on June 28, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes Anytime someone is called to the witness stand in a courtroom to testify, he or she is under scrutiny. The judge, injury or accident attorneys, jury, and attendees closely examine what you say and how you say it. Understanding the appropriate etiquette in the courtroom can alleviate nerves and give you the confidence needed to…

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The Basics of Class Action Lawsuits

Published in Class Action, Personal Injury on June 10, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes When you receive a notice in the mail about a potential settlement for a defective product or hear a television announcement for people who were harmed by a medication, you are most likely hearing about some form of class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits allow several people who suffered harm to join together in a…

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The 10 Most Controversial Recalled Drugs and Medical Devices

Published in Personal Injury on May 31, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes We hold drug and medical device manufacturers to incredibly high standards, as we do doctors and enterprises that provide them. When drugs or devices fail to perform as intended or patients don’t receive adequate instructions about safely operating or consuming these items, the consequences can be devastating. Fortunately, measures are in place to prevent these…

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When Are Punitive Damages Available in Personal Injury Lawsuits in Massachusetts?

Published in Personal Injury on May 24, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many personal injury claims end with a straightforward settlement that covers hospital bills, ongoing care expenses, career restoration, and similar tangible damages. However, if a defendant is found to have acted in an exceptionally negligent or dangerous way, the court may assign punitive damages. How Do Punitive Damages Work in Massachusetts? Punitive damages serve as…

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A Guide to the Court of Appeals in Civil Cases in Massachusetts

Published in Civil Law on May 17, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes When a judge bangs the gavel, many people assume a case is closed – the defendant must now serve his or penalty, pay a fine, and move on. However, many defendants will appeal their cases to a higher court in an attempt to reverse a judge’s decision. For example, a higher court may overturn a…

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How Insurance Companies Handle Personal Injury Claims

Published in Personal Injury on April 27, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re seeking compensation for a personal injury, you’ll likely have to deal with some type of insurance company. You need to know what an insurance company is trying to achieve during settlement negotiations and understand your rights as a victim. Insurance Adjusters An insurance adjuster will investigate the case and determine how much it’s…

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The Timeline for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Massachusetts

Published in Personal Injury on April 20, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’ve been injured and are headed to court for a settlement, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible for the steps ahead. Personal injury lawsuits can be difficult on the plaintiff, the family, and everyone involved. Knowing what to expect can make the process a little easier. First Six Months In a typical…

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Scholarship for First Responders

Published in Firm News on April 16, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes Congratulations to our Scholarship Winner – Maria Criselda DeLeon Again, congratulations from the Boston personal injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan. Maria is a single mother of three children who is currently employed by the Albany Georgia Police Department and attending the University of Phoenix to earn her degree. Despite a rough upbringing and dropping out…

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The Pros and Cons of Contingency Agreements

Published in Personal Injury on April 12, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes A contingency agreement is an arrangement between a plaintiff and a lawyer, stating that the lawyer will represent the plaintiff without money to pay up front. In these situations, the plaintiff pays the lawyer only if the lawyer wins the case. In the event of a settlement agreement for the plaintiff, the lawyer keeps the…

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Proposed Bill Changes Cell Phone and Driving Laws in Massachusetts

Published in Car Accidents on March 24, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes As further research is done on the effect of cell phone use and driving, more and more legislation is passed to make our roads safer. For example, a new bill in Massachusetts will prohibit drivers from holding cell phones while driving. The proposed legislation would restrict carrying or physically manipulating any device, including a smartphone,…

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