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STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY HIGH-SPEED FERRY CRASHES INTO JETTY

On Friday, June 16, 2017 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority's high-speed ferry, Iyanough, crashed into a jetty at the Hyannis Harbor entrance.  The ferry was reported by the Steamship Authority to be travelling at approximately 32 knots, or 38 miles per hour (the maximum allowable speed in that area) when it struck the jetty. The 48 passengers on board had no warning prior to the vessel striking the jetty.  One man who was on an outside stairway fell and suffered a head injury.  Many others onboard struck tables, walls and other objects upon the violent impact.  About 15 passengers were taken off the vessel and transported by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital where they were treated for a variety of injuries.  Goldberg & Weigand LLP has interviewed several of the passengers and we will be presenting claims against the Steamship Authority for some of the injured passengers.  For more information call Peter M. Goldberg at (508)775-9099 or email pgoldberg@capeinjurylaw.com

Construction accidents: Any type can be dangerous

Most construction workers enjoy their job, despite the fact that there are many risks associated with their employment.

Any type of construction accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. This is why employers and construction workers alike need to familiarize themselves with the steps they can take to reduce the risk of an accident.

10 frequently asked questions about traumatic brain injury

Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact your entire life. Depending on the cause of the accident, you might opt to seek compensation. It is imperative that you understand some basic points about TBIs if you are involved in any accident.

4 things to do if someone else's dog bites your child

Children who are ages 5 years old to 9 years old are the leading victims of dog bites that cause serious injuries. In most cases, dog bites are to the face of children when the child is 10 years old or younger. These attacks often come as a shock to a child's parents, and it is easy to become so stressed that you aren't sure what to do when this happens to your child. If your child is bitten by a dog, there are four things you should do.

Largest increase in fatal traffic accidents on U.S. roads in decades

Recently, the government released data that indicates that there is a serious issue with safety on the roads and highways of the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 35,000 people died last year in traffic accidents. Based on this figure, the number of people who died from traffic accidents increased 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. The last time the percentage of traffic deaths increased so much in a single year was in 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson served as president. 

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Imagine you've been in a serious motor vehicle accident caused by another driver. You've been injured and your car is totaled. Not only do you have to get medical treatment, but now you're without a car, your car needs an appraisal, and multiple insurance companies are calling you. Maybe you don't have collision coverage on your vehicle, or the other driver is uninsured. Maybe you're worried about how your medical bills are going to get paid, or whether or not you can even afford to seek treatment. Perhaps your doctor says you can't go back to work for days, weeks, or even months. You may be concerned that the insurance companies will try to take advantage of you. You may be tempted to accept a settlement that's offered quickly, but is inappropriately low (but how would you know?) or that doesn't consider your mounting medical bills while you're still being treated. It's overwhelming.

Can I sue retail establishments for injuries?

The answer is "yes." If you suffer an injury while shopping or receiving retail services, you are protected by laws requiring retailers to ensure anyone in, or on, their premises is safe from harm. If you are injured in a retail establishment, the property owner and/or manager may be liable.

However, you must prove that the store owner or manager was negligent in keeping their location safe. You must have evidence showing that the owner/manager was aware of the issue causing your accident and did not address it or warn visitors of the hazard.

The law on Massachusetts dog bites: strict liability

In most personal injury cases, the question is on who was negligent. For example, in a car accident, it is the driver who was speeding, texting, driving drunk or otherwise not paying attention to the road who is responsible for covering the costs if anyone is injured.

This is true also for premises liability, or "slip and fall" cases. The person injured must show that the entity responsible for maintaining the premises, such as the store owner, landlord or homeowner, did not act reasonably to prevent injuries by maintaining the property in a safe condition.

This is not the case when a dog attacks and injures someone. In such a situation, Massachusetts holds to a theory known as "strict liability." Strict liability means that a person is responsible for covering the costs associated with an accident or injury regardless of fault.

Injured after slipping on an icy sidewalk or parking lot?

If you live in New England, winter weather is simply a part of life. In fact, whether you are dealing with snow, ice, sleet or frigid temperatures, you will inevitably experience severe weather conditions during a New England winter.

However, even if you are used to dealing with our harsh winters, it doesn't change the fact that snow and ice can wreak havoc on sidewalks and parking lots - often making them slippery and difficult to walk on. Indeed, countless individuals suffer serious injuries after slipping and falling on icy sidewalks and parking lots every year. Fortunately, though, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries under a legal principle known as premises liability.

Accidents can be deadly for passengers

An often overlooked aspect of serious motor vehicle accidents is the injuries that passengers might suffer. Whether occupying the passenger seat or the rear of the vehicle, these individuals can suffer serious, life-altering injuries such as amputation, paralysis or brain damage. Depending on the severity of the collision, it is not uncommon for a passenger to be killed in a motor vehicle accident.

A deadly motor vehicle accident can be the result of two vehicles colliding, one vehicle striking road barriers, buildings or trees, or a vehicle rollover. No matter the specifics of the accident, drivers and passengers alike can suffer severe injuries that can dramatically impact the victim and his or her entire family.

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