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Knee Injuries – MCL Tear and LCL Tear Injury

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral crucial ligament (LCL) are two of the four ligaments that stabilize the knee joint. Both are located on the sides of the knee. The MCL is located on the inside of the knee while the LCL is located on the outside of the knee. The MCL and LCL, also known as the collateral ligaments, control the sideways movement and stability of the knee. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – PCL Tear Injury

The posterior cruciate ligament (MCL) is located in the back of the knee. It is one of four ligaments that form the knee joint by connecting the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament helps stabilize the knee by preventing the tibia from moving backwards too far. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – ACL Tear Injury

ACL tears are one of the most common knee injuries. ACLs are susceptible to tears when they are subjected to quick or intense twisting. These types of movements subject the ACL to tremendous stress which causes tears or strains. An ACL can either tear, rupture or sprain. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – Meniscus/Meniscal Tear Injury

Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage located between the tibia and femur. This cartilage acts as a cushion or shock absorber which protects and stabilizes the knee joint during walking, running and bending. Continue reading

About Knee Injuries

The knees are among the largest joints in the human body. They provide flexibility and stability to the legs and lower body. The muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones of the knee all play a major role in the functioning of the knee. The complexity of the knee, with all these different parts, makes it susceptible to several types of injuries. Knee injuries usually occur when force is exerted on the leg or knee causing the knee to twist, bend the wrong way, or hyper-extend. That is why knee injuries often occur in slip and fall accidents and car and truck accidents. Continue reading

About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

One of the major downsides of a fractured or cracked rib injury is the inability to treat the injury with a cast. The ribs cannot be constricted and a cast of some type would restrict or prevent breathing. The breathing process slows the recovery period because the ribs expand and contract with every breath. Fracture ribs take longer to heal than most other bone fractures because the ribs are continually forced to move with every breath. Recovery time can be anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture. Continue reading

About Airbag Injuries

Approximately 2.5 percent of drivers involved in serious crashes are likely to suffer serious injury due airbag deployment. However, most airbag injuries occur in low-speed collisions. Shorter people are located closer to airbags and therefore are at an increased risk of injury. Children and elderly are also more susceptible to airbag injuries. Continue reading

Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys

Shipping companies like UPS and Fed Ex have a responsibility to properly train their drivers, to keep their trucks in good working condition, and to give their employees realistic daily quotas so as not to encourage the dangerous driving behaviors detailed above. Continue reading

Car Accident FAQs: Can I get a rental car?

Massachusetts civil law requires the party responsible for an accident pay for substitute transportation. However, you will likely be required to pay for the rental car yourself when you turn it in to the rental company. Legally the person responsible for your accident must pay for any substitute transportation but it may take months for them to reimburse you. Continue reading

Pain and Suffering Claims

Attorney Gerald J. Noonan has obtained many favorable settlements and verdicts for automobile accident victims, injuries from slip and fall accidents, and other negligence-related cases. He understands that each case is unique and will fight hard for accident victims who may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering in addition to other compensation. Continue reading

Police Taser Stun Gun Injuries

In the past ten years, hundreds of people have died after being hit by tasers, and hundreds more have been severely injured. Tasers work by delivering thousands of volts to the victim, usually via two dart-like electrodes that can be fired by police officers from a range of up to 15 feet. The immediate effect of this five-second-long electric shock is to disrupt the victim's voluntary muscle control and set off a series of involuntary muscle contractions, which usually bring the suspect immediately to his or her knees. Continue reading

Damages for Pain and Suffering in Auto Accidents Under Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts law contains provisions about collecting damages for pain and suffering in auto accidents. Because each case is different, we offer prospective clients a free consultation. Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced and aggressive car accident attorney. Unlike insurance companies who hope to settle for the least amount possible, we are on your side and want you to receive the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to under the law... Continue reading

Injured at Work Entitled to PIP?

An insured under a motor vehicle liability policy entitled to recover workmen's compensation benefits in accordance with M.G.L. c. 152, as a result of injuries received while operating the vehicle within and during the course of his employment, is precluded from collecting personal injury protection benefits and, therefore, cannot reimbursement for lost wages up to seventy-five per cent of his average weekly wage as. Continue reading

Massachusetts Law: Wrongful Death Damages

...the fair monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages recovered, as provided in section one, including but not limited to compensation for the loss of the reasonably expected net income, services, protection, care, assistance, society, companionship, comfort, guidance, counsel, and advice of the decedent to the persons entitled to the damages recovered... Continue reading

What should I do after a car accident?

Insurance companies are not your friends or legal advocates for accident victims -- they are businesses. Insurance companies will almost always try to offer you the least amount possible to settle an accident claim to their own advantage. Their hope is that you accept the amount without talking to an attorney to see what you may really be entitled to.

If you have been in a car accident, contact our law office today to discuss your case for free. Only a lawyer is qualified to offer you legal advice -- insurance claims adjusters are not attorneys...

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Police Taser Abuse

Despite the pain and potential injury they inflict on victims, tasers are often overused by the police in situations where extreme force is not warranted. Departmental regulations vary from place to place, but in general, police are only supposed to use tasers (and other potentially dangerous weapons, like batons or pepper spray) when a suspect poses an immediate threat to himself, to another person, or to the police officer. Tasers should not be used repeatedly (except if the suspect continues to resist), and they should certainly not be used on a person who is already cooperating with the police. Continue reading

How does PIP, MedPay and Health Insurance work?

PIP will automatically cover the first $2,000 in medical expenses and any medical expenses in excess of that amount will be submitted to your private health insurance to determine if medical coverage exists. If your insurance provider denies payment for a claim then you must submit that claim to the motor vehicle insurer that provided the PIP coverage. Since Massachusetts statute mandates that claimants utilize existing health insurance for medical expenses exceeding the $ 2,000 limit on an automobile insurer's PIP liability, the PIP carrier will deny a claim that was denied by the private insurance for failure to comply with the health insurance policy. Continue reading

Causes of Neck Pain After Accident

Cervical sprains, strains, herniated disks, facet injuries and other neck trauma after an accident can cause enormous pain and limit movement. Continue reading

Types Of Medications Prescribed After An Accident

Types Of Medications Prescribed After An Accident. Several types of medications are prescribed after a motor vehicle or slip and fall accident. Some are as follows: Benzodiazepines, Muscle Relaxants, Non-Sterodial Anti-inflammatory Drugs, Narcotic Analgesics Continue reading

About Headaches After An Accident

Information About About Headaches After An Accident

Brockton Car Accident Victim Attorneys

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms to arise in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident and they frequently accompany neck injuries. That is because many of these whiplash related headaches are produced by trauma to the cervical spine. Injuries to the muscles and ligaments in the cervical spine can produce cervicogenic headaches. These cervicogenic headaches are caused by injuries to the ligaments in the cervical spine. Although the injury occurs in the spine the symptoms are felt in the head in the form of headaches.… Continue reading

Car Accidents Are A Leading Cause Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord and back injuries. Even slow-speed crashes can cause the head and spine to whip suddenly and violently, causing serious injuries to nerves and tissues. Spinal cord injuries generally fall into one of two medical classifications -- complete and incomplete. Continue reading

The Danger Of Speed And The Force of Head-On Collisions

In Massachusetts, some intersections seem to be subject to more accidents than others, causing "crash clusters." Some of the highest crash clusters in the state are in Worchester, Howell, Weymouth, and Brockton. Continue reading

About Broken/Fractured Arm Injuries

Broken arms are one the most common injuries. Children, adolescents and adults can all suffer arm fracture injuries. Arm fractures account for approximately 50 percent of all the bone fractures that occur on a yearly basis. Often times these injuries are caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Great amounts of force are required in order for any of the arm bones to fracture. Continue reading

About Broken Bones and Fractures

Bone fractures are a common occurrence. Most people will experience at least two fractures over the course of their lifetime. Generally speaking, the older we get the weaker our bones grow. As we age our bones lose density becoming thinner and more brittle over time. Broken bones and fractures occur when the amount of force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone. Car, truck and motorcycle accidents and other accidents producing high impact collisions are quite capable of generating enough force to break bones. Degenerative bone conditions like osteoporosis also make bones more susceptible to the stress generated in high impact collisions. Continue reading

About Broken/Fractured Humerus Injuries

The humerus bone is located in the upper arm and it is the largest bone in the arm. The shoulder joint connects to the top of the humerus while the elbow joint connects to the bottom of the humerus. The bottom of the humerus connects to two other bones at the elbow to create the forearm. The radius bone meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint and runs down the outside of the arm where the thumb is located. The ulna bone also meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint but it runs down the inside of the arm down to the pinky finger. Continue reading

About Broken/Fractured Ankle Injuries

The bottom of the tibia and fibula come together to form the ankle which connects to the ligaments, tendons and bones in the foot. The tibia and fibula can break if the ankle is severely twisted. The ankle is comprised of three bones. The type of ankle fracture depends on which of the ankle’s many bones have been broken. Several bones can be injured in the same accident. Ankle fractures can involve all three ankle bones and the several ankle joints. Damage to the connecting tissues, ligaments and muscles occurs in conjunction with ankle fracture injuries. Continue reading

About Broken or Fractured Leg Injuries

We rely heavily on our legs. Getting out of bed in the morning, walking down the stairs or walking outside to get the mail are some of things we do on a daily basis. These things are so routine that we do them with little conscious thought. When we break a leg we realize how much we take our legs for granted on a daily basis. What took five seconds to walk down the stairs now takes one minute on crutches with a broken leg. These injuries need to be taken seriously because our legs play such an important role in our everyday lives. Continue reading

About Broken/Fractured Elbow Injuries

The elbow joint is especially susceptible to injury. The bones of the upper arm come together with the bones of the forearm to form the elbow joint. Tremendous amounts of force are generated in car accidents. This force places an extreme amount of tension on the arms especially when the arms are holding the steering wheel tight in an attempt to brace for impact moments before the crash. This force is often too much for the elbow to withstand. The elbow usually gives way under this pressure and fractures. Also, side impact collisions can crush vehicle doors inward so that they come in contact with the side of driver or passenger’s body. The impact between the displaced door and the arm and elbow can generate enough force to fracture the elbow. Continue reading

About Broken/Fractured Femur Injuries

The femur, or thighbone, is the biggest bone in the human body. Because it is the biggest it is also the strongest. A tremendous amount of force is requirement for the femur bone to fracture. That is why these bones rarely break. High impact car accidents or falls on a hard surface from high above the ground are capable of generating enough force to break the human body’s strongest bone. People that have diseased bones or fragile bones caused by osteoporosis are more prone to experiencing femur fractures. 3 out of every 10,000 people under the age of 25 will experience a femur fracture every year while 3 out of every 10,000 people over the age of 65 will experience a fracture every year. Continue reading

About Broken Fractured Kneecap/Patella Injuries

The patella or kneecap is one of three bones that form the knee joint. The kneecap is located over the knee joint where the femur and tibia meet. The patella protects the knee joint and also connects the thighbone muscles to the shinbone muscles which allow the leg to straighten at the knee joint.1% of all fractures are patella fractures. Patella fractures are most common in people ages 20 to 30. Men suffer twice as many patella fractures than women. Continue reading