• A Step Towards Evolution of a Business Owner's Duty

    || 6-Feb-2017

    A person who has sustained personal injuries damages due to a defect in a public way has the right to seek monetary compensation. However, the statute governing personal injuries against municipalities from a defective public way is limited to $5,000.00. M.G.L. c. 84 §15. This creates a very difficult situation for a person who has accumulated tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and ...
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  • In Bernier v. Smitty’s Sports Pub, Inc., the Appeals Court of Massachusetts ruled that a bar patron who mistakenly entered the basement of a business through a door marked “Employees Only” was not a trespasser. See Bernier v. Smitty’s Sports Pub, Inc., 90 Mass. App. Ct. 472 No. 14-P-1967. The court held that since the bar patron was lawfully on the premise, the landowner ...
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  • 3 Most Common Car Accident Injuries

    || 12-Sep-2016

    Although car accidents are almost a daily occurrence in Massachusetts, they are no trivial matter. Your symptoms may not even become fully apparent until weeks after your accident. Thankfully, if you were not to blame for the accident, you have the right to try and obtain compensation for your related losses through a personal injury suit. The following are the most common types of injuries ...
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  • What kind of damages can I recover for a car accident?

    || 15-Aug-2016

    Damages refers to the amount of money provided by the at-fault party to compensate you for the effects of an accident. When it comes to car accidents, as a no-fault insurance state, Massachusetts provides a certain level of coverage for medical bill payment from each drivers' respective vehicle. The injured can recover what are known as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages ...
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  • Stay Connected to the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman

    || 4-Apr-2016

    Firm Overview: Having more than 50 years of collective legal experience behind them, the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman understands what it takes to win financial damages for his injured clients. You can trust his firm to fight aggressively on your behalf when you are injured through no fault of your own. Check us out on the following sites: AboutMe Avvo BlogSpot Facebook Favstar Flickr ...
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  • December Safety Tips

    || 1-Dec-2015

    As the holidays are approaching it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take certain precautions in order to stay safe. At the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman, we want to equip you with certain safety tips to remember this holiday season. Check out our December safety tips: If You Are Traveling Get an automatic timer for your lights. Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and ...
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  • When you file an injury claim, the claims adjuster will do their best to save their insurance company’s money by limiting your compensation as much as possible. They will attempt to break any rules necessary if they believe they can get away with it in this regard and you should be aware of some of the improper negotiating tactics they may use and how to respond. “Waiting too long to ...
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  • Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

    || 18-Nov-2015

    While no more common than other types of vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents have a much higher chance of resulting in serious injuries for the motorcyclist. It may therefore benefit riders to understand the common causes of such accidents that they may be avoided. Head-On Collisions The majority of fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by head-on collisions with other automobiles. Cars Making ...
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  • What if my accident injuries don't show up right away?

    || 11-Nov-2015

    In the immediate aftermath of an accident, your adrenaline and endorphins are a natural reaction and can work to block pain for several hours, making it appear as if you escaped from the accident unharmed. Soft tissue damage, such as harm done to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments, can make itself known in the days following an accident, whiplash being one of the most common. You could be ...
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  • What Should I Do After Getting Into a Car Accident?

    || 24-Sep-2015

    Have you been involved in an accident? At the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman, we are dedicated 100% to your safety. That means that we want to safeguard you from anything that could have negative effects on your personal injury claim. The moments after a car accident are the most crucial. Handle the situation as calmly as possible. You may find that matters turn out much more smoothly when you ...
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  • Revealing Negligence Due to Preponderance of the Evidence in Injury Cases

    || 12-May-2015

    In the world after Deflategate we are all becoming familiar with the terminology, “A preponderance of the evidence.” Recently, the NFL found “by a preponderance of the evidence” that Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady had a general idea that footballs were being deflated. What exactly does this mean for injured victims (Plaintiffs) trying to prove their case in court? ...
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  • Why Injuries on Job Sites Tend to Happen Toward Completion

    || 1-Apr-2015

    Why is it that accidents tend to occur towards the end of any project, from building a home to clearing a roof of dead leaves? Intuition would seem to suggest that an accident is more likely to take place at the beginning of a project—the situation and environment is new and possibly unfamiliar—but the research implies otherwise. Hundreds of thousands of people are admitted to ...
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  • Successful Outcomes; One client, Multiple Claims

    || 31-Mar-2015

    A recent example of MULTIPLE CLAIMS arising from ONE ACCIDENT is when our client, a construction supervisor, tripped and fell in a hole at his job site, suffering a twist injury to his knee. The FIRST CLAIM we won for him was the fight to get him appropriate workers compensation weekly wage payments and medical treatment. As a result, the client was able to receive his immediate surgical treatment ...
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  • Workers' Compensation for Construction Sites: Your Options

    || 25-Mar-2015

    Injuries on construction sites are not uncommon and usually quite serious given the dangerous equipment and situations construction workers are often placed in. Those construction workers injured on the job may have some options when it comes to making a claim for compensation to cover the costs associated with a workplace injury. To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you do not need to ...
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  • Workers Compensation Settlement

    || 17-Nov-2014

    We were recently able to negotiate a lump sum settlement on a workers compensation case in the amount of $265,000.00. The case involved an automobile frame technician, age 48, who slipped on oil in the workplace garage. He fell to the floor and seriously injured his shoulder and was eventually diagnosed with Rotator Cuff injury with post-surgical complications including adhesive capsulitis (frozen ...
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  • Massachusetts State Police Car Crashes

    || 25-Oct-2014

    A recent article in the October 5, 2014 Boston Globe confirmed that there are approximately 400 automobile accidents per year in Massachusetts involving State Police vehicles. Often, a person injured by the State Police feels intimidated in pursuing their claim for personal injuries against the State Police because of feeling intimidated in doing so. I have obtained a Superior Court verdict for a ...
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  • $240,000 Construction Accident Settlement

    || 23-Oct-2014

    While working at an illegal construction site, the client was seriously injured when he fell from the raised bucket of a backhoe being operated by a homeowner acting as his own general contractor. The client is a twenty-seven year old man who worked as a part-time construction laborer. The property owners, who were serving as their own general contractors, chose not to obtain building permits for ...
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  • Boston Childrens Hospital Lawsuit

    || 3-Oct-2014

    On October 1, 2014, the Massachusetts' highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court was presented with a case whereby individuals sued Dr. Melvin D. Levine for abuse between 1987 and 2006 in North Carolina. The Plaintiffs brought suit against Boston Children's Hospital claiming that since the doctor had worked there prior to the abuse, the hospital should have notified his future employers ...
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  • Accident Reconstruction

    || 30-Sep-2014

    As reported in the September 23, 2014 Boston Globe, a pedestrian was killed on High Street Dedham, MA when struck by a passing vehicle. The State Police sent an accident reconstruction team to analyze the cause of the accident. The fact that the State Police found it necessary to use accident reconstruction analysis highlights the importance of retaining an attorney as soon as possible after an ...
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  • 55-year-old woman was hit by a commuter rail train

    || 26-Sep-2014

    A 55-year-old woman was hit by a commuter rail train at the Beverly Depot on September 22, 2014. Although the facts I still being assessed, the injury raises concerns about safety at MBTA train stations. The MBTA may be held liable for improper warning signs or unsafe platforms which lead to commuter injuries
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  • MBTA RIDE van and a pickup truck collide Saugus MA

    || 24-Sep-2014

    An MBTA RIDE van and a pickup truck collided near the intersection of Walnut and Elm streets in Saugus on September 22, 2014 as reported in the Boston Globe causing multiple injuries and disrupting traffic. Injured victims involving the Ride should understand that often the MBTA is subcontracting the van driver work to private companies. This means that many RIDE drivers are not MBTA employees. ...
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  • A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision has started a fissure in insurance companies' first line of defense when they try to withhold defendant's statements from injured parties, claiming that the information is privileged because it was “prepared in anticipation of litigation.” In the case of Walsh v. Wong Superior Court judge Dennis Curran found that statements made by ...
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  • If Your Child is Injured at School

    || 13-Jan-2014

    Sarah Blumenstock Girrel wants to assure parents that the school she runs is safe and secure. Ms. Girrel's assurances come in the wake of allegations that a teacher was fired from the Goddard School in Reading, MA based on allegations of abuse. Details of the incident have not been released. However, it is known that the teacher was an early education teacher at the school and that she was ...
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  • Perhaps the most common injury that results from a car crash is a herniated disc. A herniated disc is an injury to the neck or back. The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column protect nerves coming out of the brain and travel down the back to form the spinal cord. The spinal bones are separated by discs that cushion the spinal column and put space between your vertebrae. The discs allow movement ...
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  • The New York Times recently reported on Bettina Wulff, the former first lady of Germany who filed a libel lawsuit against Google in a Hamburg court. She claims she is being defamed by Google's autocomplete function which pops up "Bettina Wulff prostitute" or "Bettina Wulff escort". Google countered that it is not to blame, as it was the curiosity of other Google users, and ...
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