Zip Line Accidents: Unregulated Amusements That Can Lead to Serious Injuries

Zip Lines, ziplining and Tree-top Canopy Tours are growing in popularity. As the industry grows so do zip line injuries. A study showed a 50% increase in zip line related injuries from 2009 to 2012 with children ages 9 years old and under accounting for 45% of all injuries and children ages 10 to 19 accounting for 33%.

Cardiac Contusion—Myocardial Contusion

A cardiac contusion is a complication of an injury such as are often sustained in a car accident. A myocardial contusion, also known as a cardiac contusion is a bruised area of the heart muscle that is caused by blunt injury or trauma to the chest wall. Even after a victim recovers from a cardiac contusion, heart failure is in the victim’s future because of the damage the contusion does to the heart.

In-Door Rock Wall Accident

More than 40,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms across the United States for indoor rock climbing injuries between 1990 and 2007. Despite the dangers, indoor rock climbing gyms and facilities have been popping up everywhere across the United States and Massachusetts over the years as the indoor sport has grown in popularity. Some 9 million people enjoy a form rock climbing annually and the rate of injuries continue to rise as indoor rock climbing grows in popularity.

Defective Products and Product Liability

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product you may have claim against the manufacturer or the designer of the product or the retailer, wholesaler or distributor of the product. The consumer or buyer of the product is not the only one who has a claim for injuries caused by a defective product.

An end-user or someone borrowing a neighbor’s tool may also have a claim even if they did not purchase the product themselves. Additionally, an innocent bystander who had nothing to do with the purchase or use of the product may have a claim.

Bad Faith Insurance/Failure to Settle or Pay Insurance/Insurance Denial

The insurance industry has come under increasing scrutiny over the last decade. Lawmakers, legislatures, judges and the courts are realizing that insurance companies are operating more and more like businesses that are only interested in bottom-dollar. This bottom-dollar-thinking often leads to the insurance company putting their interests above their insured’s interest or the injured’s interests. More and more insurance companies are actively engaging in practices that seek to maximize profits at the expense of their policyholders or the injured party.

Accidents Involving Inflatable Slides, Castles, Bouncy Houses, Obstacle Courses, and Moonwalks

The Consumer Product Safety Commission documented 18,000 injuries in 2012 as a result of inflatable moon bounces and houses. In 2012 The Center for Injury Research and Policy published a study in journal Pediatrics finding that “31 children per day on average were seen in emergency departments for an inflatable bouncer-related accident.” The study went on to say that the average patient was 7 years old and that the most common injury was a leg or arm fracture or sprain while 20 percent of all visits to the emergency room involved head or neck injuries. These injuries have only been on the rise of late.

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.

Damages for Pain and Suffering in Auto Accidents 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…

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.

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…

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.

Vehicle Passenger Injuries And Wrongful Death Claims

It’s important for you to understand all your legal options. In some situations you may be able to seek recovery for your injuries against more than one person. We understand that you might have a close personal relationship with the driver. But if he or she was negligent and caused your injuries you shouldn’t be the one left on the hook for your lost wages and medical expenses. People purchase insurance for a reason. Going against your friends insurance company isn’t the same thing as going after your friend personally.

Accidents Involving Uninsured Drivers

Driving without insurance is often associated with other antisocial behaviors: for example, a significant number of uninsured drivers involved in car accidents turn out to have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If this is the case, it may be possible to take action against the restaurant or bar that served the customer alcohol, regardless of whether they were aware of the driver’s insurance status. Also, if the uninsured driver is not the owner of the car—and if that person drove the car with the owner’s knowledge and consent—then you may be entitled to pursue the car’s owner for damages, rather than the driver.

Social Host Liability Laws

Social host liability laws deal with individual property owners or persons in control of property like home, boat, or hotel room who serves alcohol or allows the consumption of alcohol to occur on their property. Social host liability laws serve to extend liability to any property owner who provides or allows a visibility intoxicated guest or minor to consume alcohol on their property. In these situations the social host can be held liable for any injuries caused by or sustained to the intoxicated guest or minor.

18 Wheeler Truck Accidents

There are several causes of tractor-trailer accidents. Truck drivers are expected to work long hours. Often times truck drivers are pushing to meet delivery deadlines and as a result become fatigued or are forced to drive on little sleep. Driving under these conditions is inherently dangerous. 18-wheelers also have more blind spots than the average motor vehicle. Frequently truck drivers will proceed to change lanes or make turns without realizing an automobile is in their blind spot. This can result in the semi side swiping the automobile. However, all passenger vehicles have a duty to accommodate an 18-wheeler’s blind spot. Mechanical failure, drug and alcohol use are some of the other causes of accidents.

Accidental Drowning

Property owners, pool owners, operators, maintenance companies, and lifeguards all have certain responsibilities when it comes to the safety of swimmers and divers. Unfortunately, not all private owners abide by the strict building codes about fences, gates, filtration, and pool safety features which can result in tragic accidental drownings. For example, pool owners are required to have minimum barricades around their pools so that children cannot wander in and accidentally fall into a pool unsupervised.

Companies responsible for the maintenance and operation of public pools must also adhere to certain standards of care for those who use swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, and diving boards…