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Avoiding Motor Vehicles Accidents During Construction Sites

With the spring season finally here, there are no snow banks in sight. We are finally able to ride our bikes and walk freely, but we are still facing the encounters of construction projects on the road. Construction zone sites leave workers, drivers and passengers at a high risk for injury. In some unfortunate cases, fatal accidents do occur.

Last month, National Work Zone Awareness Week was held throughout the country and observed by state officials. This yearly campaign begins during construction season with the goal of protecting drivers, passengers, construction works and others from incurring any injuries.

Here are a few helpful reminders for drivers while on construction sites:

• Be sure to move over when you see construction signs and lights
• Reduce the speed in work zone areas to avoid serious car injuries
• Pay close attention to roads through work zone areas and reduce distractions
• Notice signs and alternative routes
• No cell phone use (this includes texting)

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident on a construction site, you want an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Contact Morton J. Shuman, Attorney at Law to secure your legal representation.

What to Look For When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

When you suffer from a personal injury it can be a difficult time, you lose work, you are in pain and medical bills. By hiring a personal injury attorney to help you build your case, a personal injury attorney can help you negotiate your case or file suit if necessary. If you hire an attorney to represent your case be sure the attorney has plenty of personal injury experience. A personal injury attorney should have knowledge of legal procedures, paperwork, negotiations and more.

Morton J. Shuman Attorney at Law can get you the results you are looking for in your personal injury case. We can help you take the stress away and insure your rights are protected. We extend our services to residents in the Greater Boston Area and offer vigorous representation of your interest in and out of the courtroom.

Contact us today 508-879-4040 for all of your MA personal injury law needs.

Typical Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer, what questions should you consider asking?

A personal injury can occur at anytime and anywhere, if you have suffered an injury your first course of action should be to seek medical treatment. After that, the next step is to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the situation in depth.

Once you schedule a meeting, the lawyer will generally have a number of questions to ask you. You should also have a number of questions prepared as well, here is a list of 5 potential questions to ask you lawyer.

  1. Are my injuries serious enough to sue? Depending on the situation, you may not have the right to sue another individual for your injuries. However, if you injury has worsened or been neglected from the other person, a personal injury claim is entirely possible. A personal claim might also be possible if you were injured as a result of your mistakes.
  2. When is it too late to sue for my injuries? This depends on the laws in the state you were injured in and the extent of your injury. In Massachusetts, you have 3 years’ time to file a personal injury claim. Failure to file a statute of limitations during the allotted time period may result in the inability to recover from the injuries.
  3. How much is cost of my case? This number in general is hard to determine for your attorney. Based on their past experience, we find it best to determine the cost after the medical treatment has been completed.
  4. How do I pay you? Most personal injury lawyers today agree to work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is the lawyer will not be paid upfront but will take a percentage of any potential recovery. It is imperative you discuss thoroughly the details of the arrangement, including expenses and fees.
  5. Have you had any personal injury cases similar to mine? Though there is no guarantee that a personal injury lawyer will have the same success from prior cases, hiring an attorney with past experience that is successful will make your case more likely to be successful.


Injuries at Nursing Homes

At a nursing home, the leading cause of injury is from falling. Around 1,800 seniors living in nursing homes die each year from fall related injuries. Those who survive the injury usually have a long recovery process ahead or a permanent disability from the fall.

A majority of injuries are caused from seniors who are generally weaker than some of the other adults living in the home. These individuals in general have a tougher time walking and have chronic conditions that directly affect their health. Furthermore, certain seniors have memory problems making day-to-day activities sometimes very difficult.

According the CDC, in 2012, roughly 1.4 million people aged 65 years and older lived in nursing homes at this current rate you could expect that number to climb to roughly 3 million by 2030.

  • 16 to 27% of the total falls are caused by environmental factors.
  • Muscle weakness, walking, or gait problems account for around 24% of the falls in nursing homes.
  • Medications can lead to personal injury as well; especially in drugs that affect the central nervous system. These medications can distort someone’s vision resulting in a greater opportunity for a fall to occur.

Leaving a loved one to the care of someone else can sometimes be a very difficult process. With so many outside factors coming into consideration when choosing the right nursing home, the ability to find a trust worthy and safe nursing home can be a very difficult process.

If you have a loved one that has been injured at a nursing home, contact Attorney Morton J. Shuman for a free consultation. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome and get you and your loved one the results you deserve.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone is injured in a car accident. Furthermore, Motor Vehicle Accidents are the number one cause of personal injury lawsuits in the United States.

For the most part, the majority of personal injury lawsuits involving car accidents are the results of negligence. However, some of these accidents are caused by reckless driving, one at which the driver has intentions of causing destruction and causing a motor vehicle accident. A third reason for motor vehicle accident lawsuits is due to strict liability. Strict liability is the notion that the individual is at fault regardless of whether it was their fault or not.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, Attorney Morton J. Shuman provides the experience needed to protect your rights and get you the results you deserve. The longer you wait to secure legal representation, the less of a chance you will get the settlement or award you deserve.

Common Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents Include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Paralysis
  • Join, bone, or muscle injuries

For more information on Attorney Morton J. Shuman’s services call 508-879-4040

New Reporting Procedures Proposed by OSHA

As an employer, there are a number of responsibilities to ensure the safety of not only your customers but your employees as well. Injuries at work are something that should always be in the back end of the employer’s mind, that’s why creating a safe work environment is crucial. Injury at work is unpredictable and an inevitable part of owning a business. With injury comes workers compensation, an issue that is generally complex and often confusing.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is considering changing the reporting system for injuries reported during work because they believe employers are discouraging employees from reporting their injuries. Currently OSHA is considering three regulation updates:

  • A requirement for employers to inform their employees on their right to report an injury or illnesses without any repercussions.
  • All the requirements of reporting injuries must be reasonably established by the employer and cannot be burdensome to the employer.
  • Elimination of disciplinary actions for employees reporting injuries

These ideas proposed by OSHA are looking to ensure employees feel fully protected and covered while at work. The current period for this rule change runs until October 14, 2014.


Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are most commonly referred to as premises liability cases. For the most part, the owner of the property or the maintenance crew is responsible for the safety and upkeep of the property. A majority of states require the owner to maintain the property so there is no immediate risk or harm to the visitors. These laws generally apply to both homeowners and business owners, but it really depends on the specific state.

A merchant has a responsibility to maintain the premises to ensure the passageways and floors are reasonably safe for patrons. This responsibility also includes providing a reasonable effort in removing potentially hazardous entities that could cause a potential for danger.

If you or someone you know has been injured on a commercial or residential property, there may be potential for a claim to be filed. These claims include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, or a loss in pay.

If you are involved in a slip and fall incident there are a number of actions you should take including:

  • Recording important information from the owner of the property
  • Writing names and information of witnesses
  • Taking pictures of the injury and the scene of the accident
  • Giving statements to the insurance company
  • Seeking medical attention if necessary.

If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident it is important to obtain legal representation before filing a claim. Morton J. Shuman would be happy to represent you and get the results you deserve.

General Motors Recalls a fleet of Cheverlet Cruze Sedans

General Motors, a well-known American car manufacturer, has recently had to recall its 2013 & 2014 Cheverelet Cruze sedans due to the air bags malfunctioning. The defect is due to the inflator working improperly resulting in nearly 33,000 vehicles affected.

The supplier of the part, Takata, has been under constant scrutiny for supplying flawed air bag parts to a number of large auto manufacturers including Honda, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW. These defective parts range from exploding parts when the air bag is deployed to missing air bag parts.

According to GM, the problem with the Cheverlet Cruze has no relation to the exploding propellant but rather the missing parts. GM publicly stated there was a mechanical issue, but did not go into specifics.

Currently, the Cheerolet Cruze is GM’s bestselling passenger car with over 32,000 vehicles sold alone in 2013. Dealers have been instructed to stop the sale of the vehicles, but they still remain on the lot. Vehicle defects like this pose a serious risk when one is driving on the road and usually goes unnoticed until something goes wrong.

If you are injured as a result of a defect the auto manufacturers and the suppliers may be liable for the cause of the accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a defective part, it is critical to seek legal action from Morton J. Shuman. With more than 50 years of experience, Attorney Shuman will get you the results you are looking for.

Dog Bites

Considered to be “Man’s best friend”, dogs have been a symbol of friendliness and obedience to their owner since their domestication. Even the tamest dog may become aggressive if they sense danger or feel they need to protect their owner.

According the CDC, more than half of the dog bites that occur are located on the owners property and account for nearly one third of all homeowners insurance liability claims. Furthermore, nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs per year resulting in over 800,000 injuries that require medical attention.

As a dog owner, you are liable for every action your dog commits including:

  • Dog-bite statue: As the owner of a dog, any damage or injury your dog commits is directly attributed to you.
  • “One Bite” Rule: Depending on the state you are in, if your dog only bites once you are not necessarily liable. If the dog continues to bit and injury the individual the owner is held responsible.
  • Laws against Negligence: If you as the owner are unable to properly control the dog and the dog damages property or injuries somebody, you as the owner are liable.

It is important to properly train your dog to avoid unwanted circumstances such as a vicious bite from occurring. The most dangerous dogs are ones that are improperly trained, abused by their owner, or neglected. It is important to train your dog properly and properly socialize them to prevent injury or damage to yourself or other individuals.

If you are bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Morton J. Shuman for more information on dog bites.