Most vehicles in Massachusetts have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 34M is the PIP or no fault law. PIP applies to the owner of the vehicle and the legal occupants in the vehicle. Your vehicle policy will also apply to you and your family if you are injured in a vehicle that does not have PIP coverage. Your household vehicle policy also includes you if you are a pedestrian. Read more
Many victims of personal injury are in need of monies to help run their lives while they miss work, and their medical bills start piling up. While an experienced and effective personal injury attorney will get them the best settlement or judgment that takes time. Even the best cases, with what seems like sure victory, it can take years.
What can you do in the mean time? One answer is to take loans from third parties who specialize in financing lawsuits. This can be legal. However, there are many pitfalls as well. Read more
Victims of personal injuries in outdoor recreational activities often find themselves excluded from premises liability protection even when the owner of the land is clearly negligent. How can this be? The Recreation Use Statute, which has long been a part of Massachusetts law, is the answer.
That law says that anyone who allows people to come upon their land, without charge, for “recreational, conservation, scientific, educational, environmental, ecological, research, religious, or charitable purposes” is except from liability. Except for willful, wanton or reckless action. Read more
When a woman slipped and fell at a Target store, a federal judge determined that she did not present sufficient facts to allow her case to be decided by a jury. Wherefore, the judge dismissed the case following a motion by Target for Summary Judgment. According to an opinion by Judge Ponzer, of the United States District Court in Springfield, Ms. Clairmont was walking down an aisle in a Target store. She had food items in both hands. Ms. Clairmont asserts that suddenly and without warning she was “propelled with great force by a change in the surface” causing her to fall and suffer an injury to her head and shoulder. Read more