Attorney Thiadora A. Pina Joins Boston organization’s Board of Directors

The Law Office of Neil Burns is pleased to announce that associate attorney, Attorney Thiadora A. Pina has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cape Verdean Community Unity, known as CVC Unido. CVC Unido is considered the only Cape Verdean agency in the City of Boston. Formed in 1999, as The Cape Verdean Task Force, it became CVC Unidoin 2004 in an effort to underscore the fact that the agency was a vibrant community agency serving the greater Boston Cape Verdean community.

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Boston, Massachusetts Clients Beware of Play Yard Bassinets

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling over 200,000 Safety 1st Disney Care Center Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards bassinets. While no injuries have yet to be reported, the design of the bassinets has a defect that may cause suffocation: there are metal bars under the structure. If they become loose, the sleeping surface cam become uneven, risking suffocation for young children.

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Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Injury Cases Handled by Boston Firms

We have been representing victims on bicycles and pedestrians who have been struck by cars and trucks in Boston, and throughout Massachusetts, since 1985. Each case is different, however, we have drafted this column for general reference for our clients. Massachusetts has a law which guides lawyers and courts as to the legal responsibility of bicycle riders:

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The IME Insurer’s Medical Examination

Following a bodily injury claim, your insurance company has the right to request that you present to a doctor of the insurance company’s choice for a medical examination. No matter who is at fault in an automobile accident, your insurance company always pays the medical bills through insurance coverage that you purchased called, Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This part of your insurance policy mandates that you must cooperate with your insurance company after you present a claim to your insurance company. This part of your policy also mandates that as part of this cooperation, you must present to a doctor for a medical examination if your insurance company requests you do so. Thus, the right to present to the insurer’s doctor is not optional.

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Victims of Massachusetts’ Attorneys Awards 2009

The Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board (CSB) is a panel of attorneys, appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. They are entrusted with a never ending source of money – a portion of all registered Massachusetts attorneys’ annual fees! all registered Massachusetts attorneys’ annual fees! [CAROLINE START HERE] Unfortunately, the CSB’s job is never ending as well – their job is to distribute funds to victims of attorney dishonest financial conduct. That is, when an attorney steals money that he or she was a fiduciary of, the CSB investigates and pays the client for the loss.

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Massachusetts Auto Accident Victims’ Chiropractors Now Subpoenaed

In a recent District Court decision in Salem, Massachusetts, the insurance companies won a small, but significant, victory in their never ending battle against the rights of Massachusetts insureds. In a non binding decision to other districts, but perhaps a sign of things to come, District Court Judge Richard A. Mori found that a Chiropractor who failed to appear at a deposition as per an insurance company’s subpoena could not seek payment for medical treatment he rendered to insured victims of a motor vehicle accident.

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Motor Vehicle Deaths Down in US

Massachusetts drivers share in the good news that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on October 9, 2009: the number of traffic deaths on U.S. roads reached a record low in the first half of 2009! The numbers are down approximately 7% for the first half of the year. A report on estimated 2009 traffic fatalities can also be viewed.   The Fatality Analysis Reporting System keeps statistics of highway fatalities each year. In 2008, the numbers were the lowest in over 10 years.

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