State Fire Marshall Advocates Space Heater Safety

With the recent snowstorms and frigid temperatures, there are always unfortunate incidents as a consequence of our severe weather. In early January, a fire in a Bronx, New York apartment complex caused by a space heater killed 17 people. Here in Massachusetts, we have our own complement of apartment fires that have led to unnecessary deaths and tragedies.  At Burns & Jain, we have represented victims of space heater fires. 

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Legalization of Happy Hour Fireworks Among Approved Ballot Question

Does anyone really miss happy hour? The practice of discounted drinks, special promotions, and 2-for-1 drinks was discontinued or banned in 1984 in order to reduce the incidence of drunk driving accidents.  However, its return will be decided by Massachusetts voters in November 2022 along with 15 other proposals including legalizing fireworks, stricter voter ID requirements, and how ride-share drivers are to be classified. 

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Middlesex County Jury Awards 26.6 Million in Woburn

Judges and defense lawyers in personal injury cases like to warn injured plaintiffs and their attorneys that juries are often stingy or conservative in their verdicts and to not expect large compensatory awards, even in serious injury cases. However, a jury in Woburn, Massachusetts recently awarded $26.6 million to a union steward who sustained permanent, life-altering injuries while on a construction site. With accumulated interest, the award was actually $45 million. 

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State Fire Marshall Offers Summer Fire Safety Tips

Summer offers us a respite from work and school and an opportunity to enjoy our beaches, parks, waterways, and iconic historical destinations. It is also a time for fireworks, barbeques, camp fires, and bonfires on the beach. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has its share of out-of-control fires that seriously injure scores of people and leave many permanently disfigured. 

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$40M in Grants Awarded to Improve Road Rail Crossing Safety in 5 States Including Massachusetts

In an effort to address the increasing incidents and fatalities at railroad crossings in five states, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that $40 million in grants were to be awarded to the states of Washington, California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. An eligibility factor was that the commuter authority in that state must have experienced at least one accident at a railway-highway crossing that was investigated and reported on by the National Transportation Safety Board between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2018.

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A Personal Injury Paralegal’s Day During the Coronavirus

It is no secret that the times that we are living in are changing drastically with the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.  As a community we have had to change and adapt to fit these new circumstances.  On March 24, 2020, Governor Baker’s emergency order went into effect, closing all nonessential businesses to its employees, customers, and the public.  For essential businesses, such as law offices, we have been encouraged to shelter in place, and practice social distancing. In compliance with these recommendations, many on the work force have now had to make the transition from working in the office to working remotely.

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Western Massachusetts Bike Crash Leaves One Dead

The summer months in the Northeast bring out the bicyclists in full force on trails and city streets. Unfortunately, it also means tragic accidents when motorists and bicyclists share the roadways. One such fatal accident occurred in Chicopee this July when a woman in her 70s was struck and killed on Fuller Road near St. Patrick’s Cemetery during the morning commute. The only details of the accident released by police were that the cyclist and a car collided, and that the decedent was not wearing a helmet.

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