What Are Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents?
Published in Personal Injury on January 20, 2020
Working in construction comes with many risks. Construction zones have dangerous equipment, tools and materials that can cause significant personal injuries. In 2018, 1,008 construction workers lost their lives on the job. This was more than one-fifth (21.1%) of total worker fatalities in the U.S. that year. It is up to every worker and site…read more
Workers’ Comp Retaliation Massachusetts
Published in Personal Injury on December 30, 2019
Workers’ compensation is a benefit all employees must lawfully receive in Massachusetts. Every employer in the state must purchase workers’ comp insurance to provide no-fault benefits to employees in the event of an occupational illness, injury or death. If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you have the right to seek workers’ comp benefits…read more
Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Workers’ Compensation?
Published in Personal Injury on December 17, 2019
The Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Program is in place for the protection of injured workers. Workers’ compensation provides insurance coverage for employees injured on the job without the employee needing to prove fault or negligence. It is no-fault coverage that can pay for an injured worker’s medical costs, lost wages, disabilities and death benefits. If you…read more
What Is Governmental Immunity?
Governmental immunity, also called sovereign immunity, is a rule that traditionally protected the government from liability for its actions or those of its employees, even when those actions caused personal injuries. The original governmental immunity rule held that the government would not be liable for its actions or decisions, even if they were negligent and…read more
Massachusetts Scooter Laws
E-scooters, or electric scooters, have become more popular since the advent of rentable dockless models. Thousands of Lime, Bird and Spin e-scooters landed in Boston, Massachusetts for rent starting at just $1 for riders. As people began to experiment with riding e-scooters, however, issues quickly arose. From angry business owners to serious personal injuries, e-scooters…read more
Boston Halloween Safety
Every year, thousands of people in Boston get in the Halloween spirit on October 31st by wearing costumes, taking kids trick-or-treating, hosting parties and attending one of the city’s many themed events. One of the busiest places on Halloween night, however, is the hospital. Traffic accidents, trip and falls, and pedestrian collisions are just some…read more
Massachusetts Crosswalk Laws
Massachusetts’ crosswalk laws are something every roadway user should learn before getting on the road. Misinformation and lack of crosswalk education are what contribute to hundreds of pedestrian and bicyclist collisions each year. As of October 2019, over 1,200 pedestrian accidents have occurred in Massachusetts this year alone. Pedestrian collisions can cause catastrophic injuries such…read more
Massachusetts Leash Law
Dog attacks cause hundreds of significant injuries in the U.S. each year. Aggressive and loose dogs can cause puncture wounds, lacerations, broken bones and other serious injuries. To help prevent dog bites, Massachusetts has a strict leash law pet owners must follow. Several municipalities within the state have also passed citywide leash laws and pet…read more
Massachusetts ATV Laws
Thousands of people use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the state of Massachusetts. ATVs are popular recreational vehicles at tracks and state forests, as well as for work-related uses on farms and plantations. Like all vehicle types, ATVs are subject to state laws. ATV owners and operators must obey certain rules and restrictions to stay on…read more
Massachusetts Seat Belt Law
A seat belt is a critical safety device that saves thousands of drivers’ and passengers’ lives each year. Seat belts keep passenger vehicle occupants securely in their seats and in the correct positions during car accidents. Without a seat belt, the forces of the collision could send the occupant flying into other people or objects…read more