Our clients come from all backgrounds and demographics and need a criminal defense attorney for various reasons.  We have helped fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands and minor children.

We have helped professionals whose jobs were at stake and high school students who were trying to get into college.

Our clients and their reasons for hiring us are all unique, but they do have one thing common — all our clients’ matter to us and so does their future.

Attorney Gerald J. Noonan founded The Noonan Defense Firm after serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years as an Assistant District Attorney. Throughout his prosecutorial career, Attorney Noonan argued and tried hundreds of criminal cases including homicide, attempted murder, arson, rape, armed robbery, drug crimes, driving under the influence and cases involving many other serious criminal offenses.

As a criminal defense attorney, Gerald J. Noonan has over 340 successful criminal trials. Attorney Noonan knows the legal strategies and tactics both law enforcement and district attorneys use when trying to get criminal convictions. He has criminal trial experience on both sides of a criminal case, which is invaluable when you are looking for an attorney to represent you.

Our law firm represents and defends individuals arrested and charged with felonies and misdemeanors, federal crimes, juvenile crimes, and can assist with expungement of criminal records (record sealing.)  To learn more about how we have helped others, we invite you to browse or case results below, and read our CLIENT REVIEWS.

The following are case results for some of the many clients we have helped throughout our criminal defense career.

Online Privacy: Three Tips to Protect Yourself

Online privacy is a hot topic in today’s world—and it’s for good reason. Most of us rely on the web to do almost everything. We hop on the computer to pay rent, talk to our friends, relax after a long day, and manage our work emails. It’s almost impossible to avoid full immersion on the web… but how can you keep yourself safe while you’re online?

There are a lot of steps that Internet users can take to improve their online privacy. Some of them are simple—changing passwords, getting creative with second email addresses, and holding personal information close to your belt can all help. Those who want to delve further into their online safety can find plenty of resources and tips from the federal government and industry experts.

Spotting a Scam or Event That Could Compromise Your Online Privacy

You’ve probably heard people say that the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one. Think of scammers the same way. The first way to avoid a scammer is to detect one. Many scams regularly crop, taking on the same form. A lot of scams and schemes have their own names.

Understanding that these exist (and knowing how to identify the hallmarks of them) could serve you well in the future:

  • Phishing scams | Phishing scams involve scammers who use text messages or emails to communicate with their victims. They trick people into sharing personal information like passwords and Social Security numbers. This often grants them access to a wealth of personal information. Scammers can enter email accounts, bank accounts, and a range of other personal databases
  • Identity theft | Identity theft may begin in one of several ways. Sometimes, innocent victims lose their personal information to data breaches or other third-party scenarios. Some scammers use phishing scams to achieve the eventual goal of identity theft. No matter how a scammer attempts to go about it, identity theft allows them almost unparalleled access to your personal information
  • Data breaches | Data breaches expose victims’ personal information. Targets oftentimes include large corporations (like Target) or financial entities (like Equifax).
  • Email hacksEmail hackers gain access to their victims’ email accounts and use them to send out “random” links or requests for cash. Most victims don’t even realize that this has happened until somebody who receives one of these emails asks about it. You can also check your Sent Messages folder to see if there are messages that you didn’t send. Some email hackers cause social media accounts to make posts or end up blocking access to them
  • Romance scamsRomance scammers tend to target people who are especially vulnerable to emotional manipulation. Those who are in abusive or difficult situations, who are lonely or struggling with mental health, who may have suffered the loss of a spouse or something similar, can all be tricked into sharing money and personal data. These scammers are especially popular on dating sites and apps, but can communicate through any means

Three Quick Tips to Improve Your Online Privacy

Check Your Social Media Privacy Settings

Most of us love social media—and with the advent of smartphones, a lot of people easily maintain a wealth of social media accounts on the go. That means that social media privacy settings are an especially easy place to start if you want to up your online privacy.

Social media networks hold onto a lot of information about you. Take a look using your favorite search engine and see how much of it is visible to anybody on the Internet who might want to see it. Privacy settings can easily be altered so that only your friends have access to your content.

Keep Your Personal and Primary Phone Number (and Email Address) Private

It’s good practice to create a disposable email address for use on social media, shopping, gaming, and any other sites. That means that a data breach won’t leak your passwords and your real email. You should use separate passwords for every account you have on every website—but, if you don’t, you’re in for even more trouble if a hacker also knows your primary email account.

Creating and maintaining a separate phone number isn’t always so easy. If possible, though, you should opt to do it. Phone and text scams are increasingly common, and your phone number is just one more piece of information a scammer could use to pose as you.

Use Secure Passwords

That means that your passwords should match certain standards and vary by account. Using the same password for every account you maintain is never a good idea. Nobody wants a hacker to get into their Twitter—but what if that hacker also had your bank account password?

Most experts recommend a handful of steps to strengthen your password:

  • Use a long password (twelve characters or more)
  • Use a mixture of characters (upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols)
  • Do not use common substitutions (i.e. 00 instead of OO in the word “door”)
  • Do not rely on an easily-memorized keyboard path (like QWERTY)

Can an Attorney Help Me if My Online Privacy Is Compromised?

Yes! Lawyers assist their clients with a range of cases—many do involve compromises of online privacy. Whether you’re the victim of a scam or a data breach, a law firm that focuses on representation for cases involving online privacy can help you.

Remember: Find an empathetic and knowledgeable attorney. Victims of breaches of online privacy should feel empowered and emboldened as they work with their lawyers in the pursuit of justice. Never partner with an attorney that you don’t trust—and consider taking advantage of free initial consultations to find the lawyer that’s the right fit for your case.

Baby Proofing Your House to Keep Your Little Ones Safe

According to the National Safety Council, over one-third of child injuries and deaths occur at home. While this subject was once a sort of taboo, many child deaths that occurred in the home have been the subject of closer scrutiny in previous years. Recent movements within the parenting sphere, however, have changed families’ openness to discussing this difficult subject. Many parents now know that their kids face risks at home—but what can they do about it?

The good news is that proactive parenting can prevent a sizable percentage of these accidents from happening. Parents can take a multitude of steps to make their homes safer for their children—and for anybody who visits, too. Experts estimate that a range of injuries that occur to children in the home could be prevented through safety awareness.

Fortunately, a wealth of CPSC-endorsed childproofing devices are available to parents. Every parent should conduct their own research to select the specific brands and products that are right for their family (and adhere to federal regulations).

Most, however, will be purchasing some form of one of these:

Safety latches and locks

  • Used on cabinets and doors

Safety gates

  • Used at the top and bottom of stairs (only use gates that screw to the wall for the top of stairs)
  • Also for use blocking access to child-restricted areas
  • Older safety gates (with “V” shapes large enough to trap a child by the head or neck) should be replaced

Doorknob covers and door locks

  • Used to keep children out of rooms and other areas that could pose danger
  • Doorknob covers should allow doors to be opened quickly by adults in case of emergency

Smoke alarms

  • Should be present on every level of the home
  • Place one in each bedroom, bathroom, and outside every sleeping area
  • Check alarms once a month
  • Change alarm batteries at least once a year

Corner and edge bumpers

  • Help protect children in the event of falls

Outlet covers and plates

  • Prevent electrocution
  • Should not be easily removable by children

Baby Proofing and Child Proofing Your Home

Baby and child proofing your home is essential to your family’s safety. It also helps ensure that your friends, family, and other visitors can feel safe visiting with their young ones.

A few simple steps can make all the difference in keeping the youngest of us safe while we spend time with the ones we love.

  • In the bathroom | Install handle covers on faucets and safety latches on cabinets. Lock down toilets and set water heaters no higher than 120 degrees. If water reaches a temperature higher than 140 degrees, it can burn a child in less than six seconds. Keep medicines locked away and out of sight.
  • In the kitchen | Place guards over stove controls, safety latches on cabinet doors, and a switch lock over the garbage disposal. Anything that seems like a risk probably is—and it probably warrants a lock. Lock your oven, dryer, dishwasher, and any other appliance or area children should be kept away from. Never leave buckets of water out or sinks full of water accessible; they are a drowning risk.
  • Around the home | Socket covers and soft corners are a must. Protect every socket and every corner. Door alarms are optional for parents who need a signal when a door opens. Anchor heavy furniture like cabinets and dressers to the wall—make sure mounted art and televisions are extremely secure. Children like to climb and grab things—they can tip over or fall onto a child with fatal results.

Managing Risk by Age

Many parents find that managing the risks around their child based on his or her age can simplify safety. Newborns, for example, are at risk for different injuries than most ten-year-olds. The two could also both break a bone—or a newborn could be crushed by an object that would not impact a larger child the same way.

If you understand the unique risks your child faces at each stage of growth, you can better manage the risks around them.

  • Zero to one-year-olds | If you’ve chosen or were gifted a crib made before 1986, it may not measure up to modern safety standards. The gaps between the bars should not be any wider than 6cm. This way, your baby cannot fit his or her head between them. Unrestrained and unsupervised babies can easily fall from high surfaces. Electric outlets at floor level must be covered and adequate baby gates should always be present at the tops and bottoms of stairs.
  • One- to two-year-olds | These children are adventurous—you need to be several steps ahead of them to keep them safe. They love to begin trying to climb and run. Both are a lot of fun, but both also open up a whole new world of risk. New falling risks begin to present themselves at this age; furniture should be attached to walls to keep little ones safe when they begin to explore. Medication can begin to look especially interesting. Lock it away and out of sight.
  • Three- to five-year-olds | With their superior motor skills and strengths, three- to five-year-olds can get into a lot of trouble without much time. Injuries like burns—that come from more adult behavior—tend to increase at this age. That’s because children begin modeling the behavior of the adults around them once they enter this stage. Hot liquids, cords, and other dangerous objects should be kept out of reach.

Who to Contact if Your Child is Injured

Unfortunately, some accidents happen regardless of our best efforts. If an unintentional accident in the home harms your child—or a child you love—seek medical attention immediately.

Many families eventually elect to pursue the counsel of a seasoned personal injury attorney. These lawyers assist families who have suffered such circumstances; in many cases, this partnership allows parents to receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering and mental anguish
  • Disfigurement or disability

Baby proofing is an important step of welcoming any child into your home. Nobody can promise you that an accident won’t happen—but you can better-protect your child with just a few changes around the home.

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

Your bills continue mounting. You have medical expenses increasing rapidly. You plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, or perhaps have already filed one, but wonder how long it will take before you have the funds you need in your hands. How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

Little happens quickly when you must deal with a personal injury claim. Several factors can influence how long it takes to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

1. Who caused your injuries?

Before you can file a personal injury claim, you must know who caused your injuries. In some cases, including car accidents, slip and falls, or construction accidents, you may find that multiple parties share liability for your injuries. In others, you may clearly establish that only a single entity caused your injuries.

In most personal injury claims, the entity who caused your injuries will turn to an insurance policy to pay for your injuries. That insurance company will determine how fast your claim gets paid: some insurance companies will negotiate extensively and even require you to take your claim to court before paying, while others may try to pay your claim more quickly to help avoid expensive legal costs.

2. How severe are your injuries?

The damages you seek for your personal injuries typically include three key elements: medical expenses, lost wages from missed time at work, and pain and suffering. As a general matter, the worse your injuries, the greater the compensation you typically may seek.

For example, while treating a broken bone without surgical intervention costs only around $2,500, the cost of treating a severe burn can rise to more than $1.5 million. You have the right to ask for compensation that encompasses all of your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering, and may receive compensation up to the maximum amount of the insurance policy that covers your injuries, plus any additional ability the legally-liable party has to pay you out-of-pocket.

Another general rule: The more money you demand, the longer it can take to get compensation for your injuries. Many insurance companies will fight to decrease their financial liability as much as possible, even dragging out the investigation or attempting to prove that someone else caused your accident. If, on the other hand, the cost of your injuries clearly exceeds the maximum coverage of the policy—Massachusetts law requires minimum bodily injury coverage of just $20,000 per individual, for example—you may receive compensation more quickly, at least from the insurance company.

3. How much do you want to negotiate?

A serious accident can leave you with substantial medical costs and plenty of life complications to worry about. Not only do you have to consider your medical costs, you may need assistance paying your bills when your injuries prevent you from working. As a result, you may decide to fight as hard as you can, for as long as you can, to get as much compensation as possible. In other cases, you may need whatever funds you can get immediately, even if that means decreasing the funds you ultimately receive for your injuries.

Most personal injury matters involve some amount of negotiation over a potential settlement. At each stage of the negotiation, you may have the chance to accept a settlement offer from the liable party (and/or its insurance company). If you accept that offer, then it ends the negotiation process and you can expect to receive financial compensation shortly. But there’s a catch. After you accept an offer, you cannot go back and seek more compensation if it turns out that your injuries cost more than you originally thought. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you calculate all of your losses so you don’t end up paying out of pocket for what another person or company did to you.

Settlement Offers Immediately After the Accident

Some insurance companies may offer a settlement for personal injuries as soon as they can after the accident. These settlement packages may, in fact, arrive before you even have a chance to talk with a lawyer or determine the full extent of your injuries and their costs. Often, however, these settlement packages contain a low offer that does not reflect the full funds you deserve for your injury. Proceed with extreme caution and speak with a lawyer before signing or agreeing to anything.

Settlement Offers After You Submit Your Demand

After you submit a demand for payment to a party with legal liability, the insurance company or liable party has an opportunity to respond. It is rare for an opposing party to simply pay you every cent you demand, though that can happen, particularly when the only source of payment is an insurance policy and your demand vastly exceeds the policy’s limits. In most cases, however, the legally-liable party will respond, which kicks off a round of negotiation between your attorney and those for the legally-liable party.

Some cases go through several rounds of negotiation as you and the liable entity move closer to an agreement. In other cases, their offer and your demand do not have a high likelihood of meeting in the middle, so you may choose to forego further negotiation and move on to mediation.

Mediation

During mediation, you and the liable entity, including a representative or representatives from the insurance company if needed, will sit down with a mediator to discuss your claim. This mediator, often a judge or former judge, will hear both sides of the case and see if you can reach a settlement agreement without taking your case to court. The mediator cannot force you to settle your case, however. It is your decision.

In Court

If you have to take your personal injury case to court, it can take much longer to reach a resolution than if you accept a settlement offer. Taking a case to court means putting scheduling in the hands of the court, more or less. If at the end of the court process you prevail and receive a favorable jury verdict, then your attorney may also need to take steps to “enforce” the verdict and collect payment on your behalf.

If you suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence and need to file a personal injury lawsuit, having an attorney on your side reduces a great deal of the stress associated with the process and helps your claim move forward as efficiently as possible. Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon after your injury as possible to learn more about your legal rights.

How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages one to 44. The CDC reports that nearly 40 million people visit the doctor every year because of accidental injuries. While some of these injuries are unavoidable, thousands of accidents every day leave victims injured because of someone else’s negligence.

When you or someone you love suffers an injury in an accident caused by someone else, you deserve compensation for your injuries. In Massachusetts, the law allows you to take legal action to recover money damages from the person who harmed you. An experienced personal injury attorney can help maximize your recovery. Knowing who to hire can make all the difference.

Experience is Key

Injured victims of someone else’s wrongful conduct need a legal advocate who will fight for their rights. An experienced personal injury attorney guides clients through the legal process of seeking justice, accountability, and compensation from those who did them harm.

It is not difficult to find a personal injury lawyer. However, that does not mean it is easy to find the right personal injury lawyer for your case. Believe it or not, personal injury law covers a broad range of specialties and areas of focus.

These include:

  • Car accidents: In one recent year, 142,113 motor vehicle accidents took place in Massachusetts. Nearly a quarter of these accidents involved injury and 332 resulted in a fatality. If you are in a car accident, a personal injury attorney will help you prove fault, talk to the insurance company, and negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement.
  • Workplace accidents: Workers’ compensation attorneys help injured workers recover compensation through an at-times complicated and highly regulated legal process. Workers’ comp cases often require following specific procedures carefully, so an attorney with connections in this area is essential.
  • Medical malpractice: Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s mistake leads to a patient sustaining a personal injury. Medical malpractice cases involve complicated facts and legal processes. They often require expert witnesses and extensive medical reviews. It is always best to hire an attorney with extensive malpractice experience.
  • Premises liability: Premises liability laws hold property owners responsible for keeping visitors to their properties safe from injuries caused by slip and fall accidents, swimming pool tragedies, dog bites, and similar incidents.

It is always a safe bet to seek out an attorney with experience in the specific type of accident or incident that led to your injuries. Many lawyers or law firms focus on specific areas of personal injury practice.

Narrow Down by Location

In most cases, victims of personal injury should search for an attorney locally, and only widen their search if they cannot find a lawyer nearby who has the relevant experience. There are two reasons for this—familiarity and convenience. In regards to familiarity, every local court has its own particular rules, personalities, and rhythms.

A local attorney knows these “inside baseball” aspects of taking a personal injury case to your local courts. This kind of familiarity can prove essential to reaching a favorable settlement with other local lawyers and winning arguments in front of local judges. Plus, an out-of-town attorney is less likely to know doctors and care providers in your area and can’t give you referrals or get the doctors to accept deferred payment.

As for convenience, hiring an attorney who practices nearby comes with obvious benefits. It makes it for your attorney to meet with you, to collect evidence from you, and to coordinate various aspects of your case.

Don’t Undervalue the Importance of Trust

When you choose a personal injury attorney, it’s important to work with someone you can trust to have your best interests in mind. No one wants to question whether their attorney is fully invested in pursuing compensation. A lack of trust can lead to communication problems and make it more difficult for you to recover the damages you deserve. How do you find someone you can trust?

Start with personal referrals: Referrals are a great way to find a personal injury attorney. If someone you trust had a good experience with a personal injury lawyer in a case similar to yours, then consider meeting with that lawyer to talk about your case, too.

Do your research: Whether you get a name from a friend or find an attorney on the web, there are many resources available that can tell you more about the attorney. AVVO is a great resource to find out what past clients have to say about an attorney. To see whether your attorney has a disciplinary history, visit the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

Meet with more than one attorney: You do not have to hire the first attorney you find or meet with. Many attorneys offer free consultations. This may be over the phone or in person. Take advantage of that offer to find an attorney who seems like a good “fit.” Make a list of attorneys that meet the qualifications you are looking for and then sit down with a few. If you don’t feel comfortable or just don’t “mesh,” move on.

Ask questions: When you sit down with an attorney, ask about the attorney’s experience and expertise in cases like yours. It is always a good idea to make a list of questions, so that you do not forget to ask something important. Questions to consider include:

  • Do you have experience handling my type of case?
  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • What kind of team/resources to you have available to you?
  • What’s the best way to get ahold of you? How accessible is your team (i.e. hours, cell phone contact)?
  • Are you comfortable taking my case to court?
  • How do you handle payment? What are your fees?

After an accident involving injuries, begin your search for a personal injury attorney right away. Finding the right attorney can make all the difference in your case.

Injured at Work Entitled to PIP?

Were you injured at work and entitled to personal injury protection (PIP) insurance benefits?

The legislature has exempted injured persons entitled to worker’s compensation benefits from the provisions of “no-fault” or personal injury protection benefits.

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.

Our Lawyers Can Help.

There may be other ways to help you get all the compensation you deserve. Being injured at work doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to compensation, but it is in your best interest to hire an attorney who has the knowledge and experience to aggressively represent your case.

Attorney Gerald J. Noonan founded the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan after serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years as an Assistant District Attorney. A seasoned trial lawyer, Attorney Noonan represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, wrongful death actions, and serious accidents. He will aggressively seek to obtain a fair settlement for you for your injuries, but when insurance companies won’t settle, his law office has the experience and resources to take your case to trial.

For a free initial consultation, use our online contact form, or call us at (508) 588-0422.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

What You Should and Should Not Do If You Have Been Injured In A Car Accident

 

  • First, and most important, seek medical attention immediately. Medical symptoms can surface days after the accident so it is important to seek medical treatment even if you feel you haven’t suffered serious injuries. Make sure you provide the medical staff with a complete account of the accident. Thoroughly detail the extent of any pain you are suffering and indicate where that pain is coming from.
  • Get as much information from all the other vehicles involved in the accident. You are entitled to the driver’s name, insurance carrier, license number and home address. If there are any witnesses inquire as to what they had seen and ask if you could have their name and address.
  • Write out a detailed account of everything that transpired up to and after the accident. Detail who came from what direction, whether there were any traffic signs or lights, the weather conditions, the time of day and lighting conditions.
  • Do not make any statements or sign anything. Your attorney, doctor and any medical treatment personnel are the only ones you should talk about the accident with. Under no circumstances should you talk to another driver’s insurance company. With regards to you own insurance company, simply report the time and place of the accident. Any other communication or details regarding the accident and your injuries should be communicated to your insurance company by your lawyer.

Brockton, Massachusetts Car Accident Insurance Claim Attorneys on Your Side

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.

How Does PIP, Medpay and Health Insurance Work?

If You Have Private Health Insurance but Don’t Have Medpay

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.

The most frequent denial of a claim by a private health insurance provider for failure to comply with the policy occurs when the claimant seeks medical treatment from a doctor outside the private insurer’s network. If the private insurer denies a claim because the claimant sought services that weren’t provided under the insurance coverage like chiropractic or dental treatments then the PIP carrier must pay for these costs.

If You Have Medpay but Don’t Have Private Health Insurance

PIP will cover the first $8,000.00 in medical expenses and MedPay will take on any expenses in excess of $8,000.00 up to the MedPay policy limits.

If You Don’t Have Private Health Insurance or Medpay

The Massachusetts Auto Policy explains that PIP (Personal Injury Protection) will pay up to $8,000 in medical expenses and/or lost wages.

If You Have Private Health Insurance and Medpay

PIP will cover the first $2,000 in medical expenses and anything above that amount will be submitted to your private health insurance carrier for their review. If the policy you have with your insurance provider contains deferral language then your insurance provider may, and likely will, deny the claim on the bases that you have MedPay and MedPay swill pay for the expenses in excess of $2,000.00.

There is statutory language in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 90, 34A, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 175, 111C or 113C, or any other statute prohibited such deferral. Therefore, the health insurer’s practice of denying coverage because of the existence of MedPay is permissible. (Metropolitan Pro. and Causality Co. v. Blue Cross) If your medicals then exceed your MedPay policy limits PIP will assume these expenses up to an additional $6,000.

If your policy doesn’t contain deferral language than your private health insurance company will be on the hook for any medicals exceeding $2,000. But as mentioned above, they will not be required to pay for expenses for services that weren’t permitted under the insurance policy. As is the case in number “2,” PIP may then deny the claim that was denied by the private health insurance provider (usually for treatment outside the private insurer’s network) at which time MedPay will kick in and assume the expenses.

Initial Consultations Are Always Free

A seasoned trial lawyer, Attorney Noonan represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, wrongful death actions, and serious accidents. He will aggressively seek to obtain a fair settlement for you for your injuries, but when insurance companies won’t settle, his law office has the experience and resources to take your case to trial.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Boston Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are available to assist clients throughout all of Southeast Massachusetts, including but not limited to Brockton, Taunton, Bridgewater, Weymouth, Hingham, Quincy, Plymouth, Marshfield, Attleboro, Braintree, Rockland, Hanover, Duxbury, Whitman, Middleborough, Raynham, Mansfield, Avon, Canton, Stoughton and all smaller cities and rural areas in Southern Massachusetts. We also serve the counties of Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Massachusetts.

No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call the Boston Car Accident Lawyer to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.

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

Names: Alprazolam (Xanax), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Deazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Triazolam (Halcion)

Characteristics: sedative, anti-anxiety

Purpose: reduce myofascial pain, muscle spams, anxiety/tension, seizures, insomnia

Cons: these types of drugs can cause psychological and physical dependencies. Withdrawals starts occurring within twelve to forty-eight hours after last dosage.

Side Effects: dry mouth, drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue, loss of coordination, constipation, sexual dysfunction.

Muscle Relaxants

Names: cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), paraflex (Chlorzoxazone), soma (Carisoprodol), metaxalone (Skelaxin), methocarbamol (Delaxin), diazepam (Valium)

Characteristics: Muscle relaxants decreasing involuntary movement, muscle spasms and muscle tone.

Purpose: Reduce muscle spasms, cervicogenic and tension headaches, inflammation

Cons: Should not be taken with MAOI or certain types of antidepressants. To reduce withdrawal symptoms must taper down off drug gradually

Side Effects: paraesthesia, insomnia, weaknesses, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision.

Non-Sterodial Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Names: ibuprofen (Advil; Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn), indomethacin (Indocid), diclofenac (Voltaren)

Characteristics: Reduce swelling/inflammation

Purpose: Inflammation, pain, arthritis

Cons: Should not be taken while pregnant, overdosing can lead to gastrointestinal complications

Side Effects: anxiety, headaches, vertigo, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, stomach cramps, drowsiness

Narcotic Analgesics

Names: Meperidine (Demero), codeine (Codeine Contin), morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin; Supeudol), oxycodone & ASA (Percodan), oxycodone & acetaminophen (Percocet),

Characteristics: Pain medication

Purpose: decrease severe and acute traumatic induced pain, reduce myofascial pain.

Cons: Can be very addictive. Not for prolonged use. Use caution when taxing using alcohol, antidepressants, muscle relaxants

Side Effects: dizziness, lethargy, sedation, respiratory complications, headache, nausea, vomiting.

Experienced Accident Attorneys On Your Side

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.

Our Massachusetts wrongful death, personal injury, and accident trial lawyers are dedicated to the efficient and effective handling and management of the firm’s personal injury cases. Our clients have unfettered access to the paralegal responsible for managing his or her case and can be confident that their case is being handled efficiently and competently.

Contact us today, for a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

A Lien on Underinsured Benefits?

The word “damages” in MGL 111 s70A does not include underinsurance benefits within the scope of the lien. Underinsurance benefits aren’t considered damages because they are not legal liabilities, but are contractual liabilities for which the insured paid premiums.

Damages are the monies payable by a tortfeasor (wrongdoer) who is liable for injuries caused by his tortious act (wrongdoings) and do not include benefits resulting from underinsurance policies. As a result, benefits received from an underinsurance policy are not subject to a lien pursuant to Massachusetts General Law 111 s70A. (Meyers v. Bay State Health)

Teen Age Driver Car Accident Statistics in Massachusetts – 2005

The statistics available on teen motorists are both eye opening and sobering. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the nation. New drivers are four times more likely to be killed and 14 times more likely to be injured than any other group. By a 2-to-1 margin, teens are more likely to kill someone with them than themselves.

The main causes of crashes amongst publicized teen fatalities were speed and inexperience. Alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt, and emotional distractions such as peer pressure and lack of sleep also often play parts in both fatal and non-fatal crashes. Passenger and time restrictions are in place to decrease the likelihood of youth being involved in vehicle crashes. This is why enforcement of these rules starts at home. You cannot rely on the police to be the sole protectors of children on the roadways. Parents and guardians must set and enforce the rules of the road.

Driver training starts much younger than 16. Children observe the driving habits of those around them early on and often put these practices into place when it is his or her turn to get behind the wheel. Set a strong example by being a responsible driver and reinforce good driving habits.

Parents/Guardians need to ensure that their teens are ready to meet this challenge through preparation and an open line of communication. No child under 18 can obtain a driver’s license without their parents approval, so a parent should feel free to set a higher driving age if appropriate to the maturity and experience of each child.

In 2005, the following number of original licenses were issued to Massachusetts teens:

Driver’s Age # of Original Licenses Issued
16 44,378
17 15,411
18 9,857

 

2005 Statistics on violations by Massachusetts’s junior operators by violation:

Type of Violation Number of Citations % Found Responsible % Found Not Responsible
Passenger Restriction 1,398 74% 25%
Time Restriction 79 6% 94%

 

Massachusetts Junior Operator Crash Data for the year 2004

Age Number of Licensed Drivers Number of Crashes Number of Fatalities % of Drivers Involved in Crashes
15 0 258 2
16 11,819 4,018 8 33.9%
17 50,896 9,387 19 18.4%
18 62,272 8,746 19 14%

 

National Car Accident Statistics:

  • Two out of five deaths among U.S. teens are the result of a motor vehicle crash (CDC 2004).
  • In 2002, more than 5,000 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes (CDC 2004).
  • The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than among any other age group. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash (IIHS 2005).
  • In 2003, teenagers accounted for 10% of the U.S. population and 13% of motor vehicle crash deaths (IIHS 2005).
  • In 2002, the estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes (both fatal and nonfatal – involving drivers ages 15 to 20 was $40.8 billion (NHTSA 2003).

Source: Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

Assault and Battery – Patron on Patron – $10,000

23 year old client sustained black eye in an altercation with another customer at a bar in Boston. Client’s only medical treatment was a visit to his primary care physician’s office.

Case Results: Attorney Brendan J. Noonan settled the claim for $10,000.

Assault and Battery – $13,500

On October 6, 2012, Client was a patron at a night club in Boston. Bouncers ejected him from the establishment and one bouncer punched him in the face, causing him to sustain a black eye.

Case Results: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan settled the case for $13,500.

Assault and Battery – Employee on Patron – $15,750

Bouncer at a Boston Bar administered rear naked choke hold to remove client from bar. Client did not receive medical treatment.

Case Results: Attorney Brendan J. Noonan settled the claim for $15,750.

Assault and Battery-Employee on Patron – $17,000

On April 27, 2014, Client  went to the Julep Bar in Boston with friends to celebrate a birthday. At last call, bar staff proceeded to herd patrons out of the establishment. Client and his friend were in the process of paying the party’s bill when a bouncer demanded that they leave. Client and friend explained that they were trying to pay the bar tab and would leave once it was paid. An argument ensued and the bouncer punched client in the face sending him to the ground causing him to lose consciousness. Client went to the emergency room. He was diagnosed with swelling and abrasions to the face and head. He sustained a laceration to the right check. Subsequently, he would be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. The insurance company (Hudson) hired an independent agency to investigate the claim. The insurance company contested liability claiming that the client was intoxicated and the aggressor. Attorney Patrick J. Noonan interviewed and obtained statements from four independent witnesses.

Case Results: The insurance company then conceded liability and the case was settled for $17,000.

Defective Gym Equipment – $20,000

75 year old female client was exercising at a gym. A personal trainer employed by the gym was training the client. While working out on a exercise machine a piece of the machine broke-off and struck her in the right breast. The client sustained some chest bruising. Client was a breast cancer survivor that had undergone a right breast lumpectomy several years earlier.  Attorney Brendan J. Noonan brought a claim against the gym that employed the personal trainer and owned and maintained the exercise equipment and the manufacturer of the exercise equipment.

Case Results: Attorney Brendan J. Noonan settled the case for $20,000.

Child Bullied & Negligent Supervision – $21,500

On August 8, 2002, Client, (a kindergärtner) was a passenger in a bus transporting young kids to and from a summer camp. On the bus, Client was bullied and harassed by an older camper causing him emotional distress. The camp denied liability claiming that the bus driver was not responsible for the supervision of the children on the bus.

Case Results: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan settled the case for $21,500.

Motorcycle Accident – $27,500

On May 13, 2012, Client was traveling on his motorcycle and proceeded through a green light when he was cut-off and struck by a vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn into a shopping plaza. The insurance company denied liability claiming that its insured had a green light and the right-of-way, and that Mr. Warrell was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout. Attorney Patrick J. Noonan obtained a witness statement from an independent witness to the crash refuting the insurance company’s denial of liability. In addition, Attorney Patrick visited the scene of the accident and timed the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection to prove that Mr. Warrell had a green light, and that their insured failed to yield the right-of-way to his client. Attorney Patrick J. Noonan settled the claim with the bodily injury carrier for the policy maximum of $20,000. Moreover, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan pursued an under-insurance claim and obtained an additional $7,500 for his client. Mr. Warrell sustained neck injuries and headaches, which required chiropractic treatment and physical therapy treatment. The underinsurance carrier claimed that Mr. Warrell was fully and adequately compensated by the bodily injury and only extended a preliminary offer of $1,500.

Case Results: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan settled both claims for a total of $27,500.

Pedestrian v. Motor Vehicle – $25,000

On November 15, 2012, Client was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk when he was struck by a motor vehicle exiting the parking lot of a Plaza. Client sustained a fracture to his left thumb and was placed in a cast. He sustained no other injuries. The insurance company presented an initial settlement offer of $11,000 citing the fact that the Client was comparatively negligent in riding his bicycle in front of the vehicle that struck him.

Case Results: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan settled the case for $25,000.

Motor Vehicle Accident – $29,700

In 2013 the Client was stopped in traffic waiting to make a left-hand turn when she was rear-ended by a motor vehicle. Client sustained a nasal fracture, concussion, and a cervical strain. Client’s treatment consisted of physical therapy.

Case Results: The insurance company’s initial settlement offer was $3,000. Attorney Brendan J. Noonan settled the case for $29,700.

Assault and Battery-Employee on Patron – $30,000

On April 23, 2007, Client was a patron at Boston establishment when he was assaulted by an intoxicated patron causing him to sustain a broken nose and a broken thumb.

Case Results: The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan settled the case for $30,000.

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