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Severe Dog Bites in Massachusetts

In August 2014, an 18-month old Massachusetts boy was sent to the hospital after being attacked by the family dog while they were staying in Florida. Reports state that he suffered “significant facial wounds” and the dog in question had not before shown aggressive behavior towards the boy. Summer is a great time to be outside, take walks, spend time in the yard, and generally enjoy the weather. Dogs are often times not excluded when it comes to this; they can appreciate those simple joys as much as their owners can. However, this could mean that there is a higher risk for dog bites. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Read more

Are Ads on School Buses Distracting to Drivers?

Thousands of families across the Commonwealth worry about their children’s safety on school busses.  Is there a school bus able to safely get them to and from school each day?  Are the other drivers on the road driving responsibly?  Will their child’s school have enough funding to continue valuable programs? A recent proposal presented to the Worcester School Committee may combine all three of those worries. Read more

Lowell Fire Results in Multiple Wrongful Deaths

On Thursday July 10, 2014, seven people were killed and nine people were hospitalized as a result of a tragic fire in Lowell, Massachusetts.  This fire, which was the deadliest fire in the state since 1994, was reported early that morning by a police officer passing through the area.  The building involved was a mixed use building that had a liquor store on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors.  One of the families in the building lost the mother and father and three children; thankfully two of the couple’s children were able to escape the blaze.  Almost fifty people lost their homes that day.  Read more