Massachusetts Helmet Laws
Nineteen states, including Massachusetts, impose universal laws requiring helmet use by some or all parties that operate vehicles other than cars and trucks. Helmet laws are meant to increase roadway safety by protecting vulnerable road users from catastrophic head injuries. Breaking Massachusetts’ helmet law could result in a traffic infraction, as well as a potential…read more
Car Seat Laws in Boston
Boston parents must ensure they keep their children properly restrained in acceptable car seats while traveling to protect them from car accidents. Every state upholds specific standards for appropriate car seat use, age, and size restrictions for different types of car seats, and most states even offer free car seat installation services and public safety…read more
Do you have a premise liability case?
Published in Safety on March 8, 2019
A premises liability accident occurs when an individual is injured on someone else’s property or business because of a hazardous condition that the owner could have prevented. In Massachusetts, shop and property owners owe a duty to people who use their premises to keep them free from any hazard which may result in personal injuries….read more
Checking a Doctor’s Credentials
Many people trust health insurance companies to contract with top-quality doctors, hospitals, and state licensing agencies. Unfortunately, many insurers regularly use practitioners who are subpar at best. Some may even have medical disciplinary actions, medical malpractice claims, and other negative marks on their records. Different Ways to Research a Doctor Although no federal database provides…read more
Narcan – What Is It?
Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, an antidote for heroin and other opiates – prescription pills such as oxycodone, morphine, codeine, methadone, and Vicodin. Narcan blocks the opiate’s effects and can reverse an overdose. Overdoses occur after taking too much of a drug. If a person stops breathing during an overdose, serious brain damage…read more
Marijuana Versus Opioid Abuse
Marijuana may seem to be taking over the headlines today, with new laws and policies regarding it frequently making news. In fact, it is legal under state law to purchase marijuana for some medical treatments in 31 states. Although it is just now making legal waves in the United States, cannabis treated and managed pain…read more
What Is the Tide Pod Challenge?
Published in Safety on March 29, 2018
Every generation experiences strange fads and social trends that sometimes have a detrimental effect on those who participate in them. One of the newest trends making waves on social media and the news is the Tide Pod Challenge, a social challenge where participants attempt to eat Tide Pods, individually wrapped and highly concentrated laundry detergent…read more
What is Kratom?
Published in Safety on March 28, 2018
Kratom is an herb originating in Southeast Asia. The kratom plant has been a staple of the region’s traditional medicine for centuries, often used as a treatment for pain and anxiety. More recently, some people have found kratom effective for treating the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids and other drugs. Despite these apparent benefits, the…read more
The Pros and Cons of Using a Dashcam
After a car accident in Massachusetts, there is always confusion. Often it isn’t clear exactly what happened. Because of the increasing highway congestion, many people consider using a dashcam so that, no matter what happens, they have a record of the event. Legally, they may be helpful after an accident. Here’s what you need to…read more
Developments in Our Current Opioid Litigation
The opioid epidemic has hit the country in a way we’ve never seen, and Massachusetts is one state among many struggling to protect its residents from this crisis. The legal team at Sweeney Merrigan Law understands how devastating it is to lose someone in such a traumatic way and have joined with other legal teams…read more