Posts made in May 2014

Massachusetts crash leaves 1 dead, 5 seriously injured

As a parent, there’s little in the world that causes more turmoil than seeing your child injured, especially when it’s the fault of someone else. We all know that teenagers don’t always make the wisest decisions and, as much as we try to prepare them for the world, accidents happen. They might get in the car with an intoxicated driver or try a maneuver that only experience can tell you is a bad idea. Because of this, teenagers account for an enormous amount of car accidents annually and the results are often tragic.

A Massachusetts teen is recovering from critical injuries in a Boston hospital after a terrible accident in early June in Maine. She was riding in a vehicle when the driver spotted a friend in another car. The driver then attempted a pass of the other car. The vehicle the Massachusetts teen was riding in then went out of control, rolled and came to rest on its roof. The driver and another passenger who was hurt have since been released from the hospital they were brought to, but the Massachusetts teen is still receiving treatment and fighting to recover from her injuries.

The heart breaks for this teenager’s family as they likely cope with their daughter’s terrible injuries and hope in their hearts for a full recovery.

When you or a loved one has been injured thanks to someone else’s negligence, it’s perfectly reasonable to try to seek compensation to financially deal with medical expenses and pain and suffering. However, what options a person has in this regard can vary quite a bit depending on what exactly happened in an accident. A Massachusetts attorney can advise individuals on what the right course of action might be in their circumstances.

Source: Sun Journal, “Massachusetts teen injured in Rangeley crash makes gains,” Donna M. Perry, June 17, 2014

Did nursing home negligence lead to attacks?

It can be difficult to make the decision to house a beloved family member in a nursing home. Great care is taken by families to ensure their loved one will get the best care. The family places their trust in the staff and management of the facility to ensure the health and safety of their loved one. The last thing they expect is to find out they are dealing withprovider negligence that results in harm to their loved one.

The Department of Aging and Disability Services has launched investigations into two separate nursing home attacks in Texas. In each case, one client at the respective facility attacked another. In the first case, one man allegedly beat two other men to death using the arm of his own wheelchair. A family member of one of the deceased men claims that the facility staff were asked to move the accused man out of the deceased man’s room previously due to violence.

In the second case, two family members were residing at the same facility when they allegedly got into an argument. The altercation then reportedly turned violent, with one man hitting the other with a dumbbell. The man who was struck was taken to a hospital. His condition is reported to be critical but stable.

It is a sad reality that bad things happen at nursing homes nationwide. Even in Massachusetts, reports of nursing home neglect and other forms of negligence are filed. What can family members do to protect loved ones? When there are problems at the facility, loved ones can seek legal advice in regard to their options and how to get the situation corrected for the one they care about.

Source: Click2Houston, “Man in critical condition after nursing home beating,” Courtney Zavala, May 6, 2014

Massachusetts residents beware of large product recall

Massachusetts residents need to beware and do a quick check on their home thermostats. This is because a recall has been announced for more than 1 million thermostats. This is due to a problem that can cause a fire due to battery leakage. The defective products have been sold in hardware stores and other places under various brand names, including such names as Emerson, Maytag, Frigidaire, and Ruud.

When people are injured and property is damaged due to a defective product, there is legal recourse available to those who have been affected. Massachusetts attorneys familiar with laws surrounding product liability may be able to explain consumer rights. These attorneys can also explain what legal remedies are available. These may include seeking financial compensation to cover losses and expenses incurred due to the product defect.

Though no injuries caused by the defective units have been reported to date, there have been reports of seven units sustaining burn damage caused by the defect, so it is fortuitous that no one was hurt. The thermostats were manufactured in China and sold from 2006 through 2013 in both the U.S. and Canada, among other locales. The recalled units original cost ranged from $30 and $70 each.

One way consumers can check their own thermostat to determine if it is a unit that has been recalled is to look for a battery icon. This icon will be found on the blue lighted screen on the thermostat. If the unit has one, it is not part of the recall; the recalled units are not configured in this manner.

It is unreasonable to think that consumers can stay abreast of every recall there is. If you believe you have a defective product that has damaged your home or hurt your person, it may be prudent to seek legal counsel immediately

Source: Boston.com, “1 million thermostats recalled for fire risk,” April 30, 2014