Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys Keeping Our Families Safe on Many Fronts
The Areas of Practice pages elsewhere on this website explain many different types of personal injury cases. The law recognizes the legal responsibility to injured people in the following situations, as well:
- Dog bite injuries. Massachusetts law holds a dog owner strictly responsible for injuries caused by the dog, as long as the person injured was not a trespasser or was not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. In the case of a child under the age of 7, the law presumes that the child was not trespassing, or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. This is often called the law of “strict liability.”
- Dramshop Cases. Fortunately, through the actions of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others, attitudes towards alcohol have changed in recent years. Bartender training courses now teach that alcohol is a drug. Some corporations in the food and entertainment industry have developed standards that require the responsible service of alcohol to prevent a patron from becoming intoxicated in a bar, restaurant, hotel, or club, and then driving off while under the influence of alcohol. Under Massachusetts law, anyone serving alcohol to a person who is already visibly intoxicated can be held responsible for the injuries caused by the intoxicated person to himself or to others.
- Food poisoning. Cases of food borne illness have reached epidemic proportions as Americans consume greater quantities of mass produced, processed and packaged food. The meats and produce we purchase at our supermarkets and consume in restaurants are no longer locally grown, but shipped great distances and sometimes from sources outside the United States. The federal government’s inability to inspect our food supply has come under criticism as outbreaks of food poisoning have been publicized. The processors and sellers of food containing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Listeria can be held responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by ingestion of contaminated foods.
We help our clients with all kinds of personal injury cases. We can help you understand your case under Massachusetts personal injury law.
Your legal rights are important to us; we can help you win justice in the event of personal injury.
Recovering Damages in Massachusetts Personal Injury Cases
As explained in other pages on this website, depending upon the facts of your case, you may be able to assert a claim for the following damages:
- Medical bills for necessary treatment and medicine
- Loss of earnings and earning capacity now and into the future
- Expenses for rehabilitation
- Compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Compensation for loss of consortium and society. Your spouse and children may be entitled to compensation for their loss of your affection, support, companionship and other elements of their relationship with you
Statute of Limitations. Generally, Massachusetts allows three years for you to file a negligence lawsuit, but the facts of your particular case may result in less time or special notice requirements. Due to the time necessary to properly gather evidence and investigate a case before filing suit, and the need to preserve evidence, you should retain an attorney immediately upon suspecting the basis for a negligence case.
Proving Negligence with Evidence
Please see How Evidence Wins Cases for examples of how we develop demonstrative evidence to best present your case to a jury.
Results for Personal Injury Cases
We have recovered millions of dollars for clients and have the experience to win to personal injury cases:
- $450,000 recovery against dog owner whose unleashed dog knocked down accountant, causing hip fracture; local dog officer had cited dog owner previously for allowing dog to run unrestrained
- $300,000 recovery against owner of purebred dog that bit lip of child who was visiting chain link pen, child underwent plastic surgery with no noticeable residual scarring
- $285,000 recovery against dog owner whose unleashed dog knocked down father of newspaper delivery boy, who was cornered by dog, causing fractured forearm
- $500,000 against tavern for patron who was attacked by intoxicated patron during brawl, leading to loss of an eye
- $400,000 against homeowner who purchased alcohol for minors at a party, leading to drowning death of a teenager