Posts made in April 2017

Can I Sue for my Child’s Brain Injury During Sports?

Organized sports can be an extremely positive experience for adolescents and teens, where they practice setting personal goals, cooperating with a team, and competing with rivals. Unfortunately, youth sports can also lead to serious injuries and even death. What happens if your child is injured while playing a game in an organized school sport? Can you sue your public school?

In a word, no.

High school sports like football are known to be dangerous, and injuries including concussions are a foreseeable risk that players and their parents are aware of when they choose to participate. It’s expected that cheerleaders may take an unexpected tumble now and then. Both minor and serious injuries are risks people accept when they play.

What’s more, Massachusetts protects its public institutions, including schools, from lawsuits. This is because municipalities could go bankrupt if enough lawsuits were resolved, and the state legislature wanted to prevent that from happening.


Serious Injuries From Other Causes


What happens if the injury was caused by a faulty piece of equipment, such as a helmet that failed to protect a player’s head? That is a potential product liability case, but from our experience, those cases are difficult to win.

Here’s another scenario: A high school pitcher gets mad and throws a baseball at his own dugout, walloping a teammate in the head. The victim gets a serious injury. Can his family sue the pitcher’s family?

This is a little tricky. As we’ve written before, civil suits are not for harm caused intentionally such as an assault. Those are criminal matters, and theoretically, this would be a criminal matter and not grounds for a lawsuit.

It’s rare that someone would admit he threw the ball and tried to injury another player. Most likely, he would say he never meant to hit anyone, or he lost control and didn’t realize what he was doing. Still, it’s difficult to find a firm that would take that case.

Here’s another scenario: The coach is driving a student home from practice and gets in a car accident. The player is injured. This could be grounds for a lawsuit, against the driver or of another person who causes the accident, but this isn’t really a school sports scenario anymore. There’s nothing inside the game you can sue for, but we’re not outside the game and into the world at large.


What can you do?

Every case is unique. If someone in your family has been hurt in any scenario, give us a call at 1 (888) 330-6657 or contact us and we can talk to you about your options.

Dino M. Colucci Recognized As Top Personal Injury Attorney

Best Lawyers magazine has recognized Dino M. Colucci as both an industry leader and top-performing legal advocate in the latest edition of its annual publication, which will hit the stands later this month.

Dino M. Colucci is a founding partner and the lead trial counsel of Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C. and he has been included in The Best Lawyers in New England publication for personal injury litigation.

Best Lawyers is a peer-reviewed publication, where lawyers vote to recognize other members of the profession who have distinguished themselves as prominent, knowledgeable, and successful at taking care of their clients.

This most recent accolade concentrates on Dino M. Colucci’s performance in personal injury and only includes attorneys who practice in the New England area. The announcement for his recognition in this regional edition of the “The Best Lawyers in America” legal referral guide was first made in August. The print edition will be released on April 28.


Three Decades of Experience

A 1988 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Dino M. Colucci has become an industry leader in personal injury cases that involve harm caused by people entrusted to look after others, including both nursing home negligence and daycare negligence cases.

This year’s print edition of The Best Lawyers in America will reach more than half a million print readers through its own publication, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. The digital edition is projected to reach more than 1.3 million readers online.
“I’m grateful to receive this award and accept it on behalf of everyone at our firm who works tirelessly to help the clients we’re honored to represent,” said Dino M. Colucci.

This will be the 23rd edition of the publication and Dino M. Colucci is listed in the section for personal injury litigation. The first edition of “The Best Lawyers in America®” was published in 1983.

Other awards Dino Colucci has received include the Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, which signifies that his peers rank him at the very highest level of professional excellence, skill, and integrity; multiple years of being included in Boston Magazine’s annual “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” list for top attorneys; and’s top rating of a perfect 10 out of 10, based on client satisfaction reviews, experience, and results.


Get Him In Your Corner

To see about having Dino M. Colucci or one of the firm’s other partners represent you in a case, give us a call at 1 (888) 330-6657 or contact us and we can talk to you about your rights and possible next steps.