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We all find ourselves in unfavorable circumstances at some point in our lives. It can be due to our own decisions, but it can also be due to the actions of others. 

There are no two accident case examples that are alike. Depending on the case, the individuals involved, and the attorneys hired, there will always be various factors. To continue the discussion, the attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have compiled some of the most common injuries in Massachusetts that result in personal injury cases.

Common Accidents in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, are personal injury settlements taxed? Our Personal Injury Attorneys MA explain:

It can be a stressful and painful event, whether you have sustained injuries from a car crash, medical malpractice, or someone else’s wrongful act. You have to worry about your recovery and how you can pay your medical bills, particularly if your injury causes you to miss work. Your settlement will relieve the pressure of stressing about the medical costs and missed income.

A critical question many people ask is whether your personal injury settlement in Massachusetts is subject to taxation? Our personal injury lawyers ma at the Bellotti Law Firm, P.C have discussed this area of concern below.  

Accidents can happen to anyone. What if, because of a third party’s negligence, a spouse gets hurt, files a personal injury lawsuit, and receives a major settlement?  Is at least part of the compensation proceeds entitled to the other spouse?

You will want to at least speak to an attorney who specializes in family law and personal injury regarding your legal interests and rights to be covered in both your divorce case and personal injury case. You must consult with one of our Massachusetts personal injury attorney ’s at the Bellotti Law Group P.C.

What is Marital Property?

Anyone can get injured anytime and anywhere. A personal injury case could be the only way to recover the compensation you deserve if you or someone you love is injured in an accident. You may be eligible to get monetary compensation to deal with physical injuries, medical costs, loss of work, pain, and suffering, and damages to personal property if the negligent person causes the accident.  You may need to contact a MA personal injury attorney to protect your rights immediately.

What are some examples of Personal Injuries:

  • Spinal Injury

Safe winter driving requires careful planning, which includes maintaining your car, carrying an emergency kit in case you are stranded, and learning how to cope with different driving conditions, such as black ice or driving around snowplows. You have to learn how to drive in the snow if you want to survive life in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts driver’s manual understands that on snow and ice, cars behave differently than in snowy and icy conditions. It becomes more difficult to turn, and it takes more time to stop. Besides practicing in these situations, when driving in winter weather, there are also things a driver must consider:

  • Reduce Speed. 

Last week, on October 26, 2016, around 4:40 P.M., the northbound Orange Line train, while stopped at Back Bay Station in Boston, Massachusetts, began to spew smoke. The train had overheated right before rush hour, and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) workers asked passengers to evacuate the station. After the initial panic, which caused riders to break windows of the train to escape, five people had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The northbound orange line began to leave the Back Bay station when the operations center “was called about a report of a propulsion issue.” This issue resulted in visible smoke to riders onboard the train. With the doors to the train closed, people on the train began to break the windows to escape. In a statement, the MBTA explained that the doors to the train had not been malfunctioning. Instead, the doors were closed because the train was moving away from the station. When the issue was discovered, the “motor person had begun promptly opening doors to allow passengers to evacuate safely, away from (the) live third rail.” However, there was no initial announcement over the intercom of what was occurring, which led a lot of scared people to self-evacuate through the windows. As a result of this chaos, five people were treated for injuries at the station, and three passengers had to be taken to the hospital. Continue reading

Tragedy struck earlier this week, when a Massachusetts’ woman drove the wrong way on Interstate 495 in Middleborough, killing four college students. The four students who were killed were later identified by Massachusetts’ state police as Kraig A. Diggs, 20, Jordan J. Galvin-Jutras, 19, Jordan J. Fisher, 19, and Cory P. Licata, 18. The female driver, Valantein V. Burson, 31, was also killed in the accident.

On Monday, October 24, 2016, at approximately 12: 11 A.M., Burson, a Stoughton native who counseled troubled teens, was driving her 2011 Infiniti G7, south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 495. She then slammed into a 2003 Mercury sable sedan carrying the four students who were on their way back their Worcester-area colleges. As a result of the impact between the two vehicles, the teen’s vehicle burst into flames.  All four students were pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading

Cambridge, Massachusetts – On October 5, 2016, Bernard Lavins, a 60-year-old doctor, was riding his bicycle in Porter Square during rush hour, when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.

Mr. Lavins was struck by a Ryder truck with decals bearing the name Mitlitsky Eggs, a company that is based in Lebanon, Connecticut. He was struck at around 8:00 AM, at the intersection of Massachusetts and Somerville avenues. Cyclists passing by the scene expressed shock and sadness. Cambridge defines itself as a bicycle friendly city, but events like this have shaken cyclists who largely traverse through the city using their bicycles. Continue reading

On September 19, 2016, Middlesex prosecutors charged Bradford Casler, 55 , with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger following the fatal Sweet Tomatoes Crash in Newton, Massachusetts.  Mr. Casler plead not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

Mr. Casler was the driver of a vehicle that crashed into the popular pizza restaurant Sweet Tomatoes.  With virtually no warning, patrons of the restaurant were unable to jump out of the way in time. As a result, two people, Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown, and 32 year-old Gregory D. Morin on Newton were killed. In addition, seven other patrons were also injured.

The Middlesex County prosecutor, Chris Tarrant, stated that witnesses reported that Mr. Casler was speeding on Chestnut Street and failed to brake as he crossed the intersection of Washington.  Mr. Casler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had the disease for 27 years, but the State has stated that the do not believe his medical condition affected his ability to drive safely.

On August 3, 2016, nearly forty years after its first incident of sexual abuse, St. George, a Rhode Island boarding school, settled suit with 30 former students, whose accounts of sexual abuse were either ignored or outright disbelieved by the school. Unfortunately, horrific stories like these are all too common throughout the country, even in Massachusetts and other preparatory schools in New England. While it is impossible to fully compensate minor victims of sexual abuse, survivors may still recover damages from schools that failed to protect children from sexual offenses carried out by staff members at these institutions.

St. George is an elite private boarding school in Rhode Island, which opened its doors to girls around the 1970s. During that time, the school hired a field hockey coach who later became responsible for carrying out terrible abuses on teenage girls. One of the first victims, Anne Scott, sued the school about a decade after the incident. However, she dropped her suit when the school’s attorney argued that Ms. Scott was lying or that she had consensual sex with the then 67-year-old Al Gibbs, the school’s athletic trainer. Years later, more survivors reported abuses at the prep school from Gibbs and other faculty members. The school acknowledged that it mistreated the reports and failed to report the incidents to the appropriate authorities, which was required by law. Continue reading

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