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Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. In the chaos that follows, it’s easy to make mistakes that can negatively impact your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. Fortunately, by familiarizing yourself with the most common mistakes people make following a car accident, you can avoid making the same costly errors.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s in your best interest to seek immediate medical attention and legal counsel. At Altman & Altman, LLP, our skilled and compassionate car accident team will review your case, determine fault, calculate damages, and negotiate for the maximum settlement available to you.

Mistake #1 — Failing to Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Car accidents are a leading cause of accidental injury and death in the United States.  In 2020 alone, injuries occurred in 1,593,390 crashes and 35,766 crashes resulted in fatalities. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but speeding and drunk driving rank high on the list of causes.

Motor vehicle accidents can lead to a range of injuries that vary in severity, having a significant impact on the lives of those involved. Serious and chronic injuries often lead to physical pain, costly medical bills, a decrease in the enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma.

Understanding the potential long-term effects of common car accident injuries emphasizes the importance of obtaining comprehensive medical care and legal assistance. Read on to explore some of the most common injuries in car accidents and their long-term effects, and if you’ve been injured, seek immediate legal counsel to ensure that your medical and financial needs are met.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for any resulting damages. Understanding the types of compensation available in a personal injury claim can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the full amount you deserve.

Medical Expenses

One of the primary types of compensation available in a Massachusetts personal injury claim is reimbursement for medical expenses. This includes current medical bills, as well as future medical costs such as ongoing treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. It’s important to keep detailed records of all medical expenses related to your injury, including hospital visits, surgeries, medication, and any assistive devices or modifications to your home that may be necessary for your recovery.

Ride-sharing services have revolutionized transportation, offering convenience and accessibility. However, Uber and other ride-sharing companies have been sued countless times in recent years by passengers alleging sexual assault. In fact, data from Uber’s 2020 safety report showed a total of 9,805 sexual assault reports between 2017 and 2020. Even more disturbing, 852 of those incident included reports of rape.

Incidents of sexual assault or harassment during Uber rides, which involved everything from groping and kidnapping to rape, are deeply concerning. It’s important for individuals to understand their rights and options in such distressing situations.

What Constitutes Sexual Assault?

Following a disturbing discovery, Salem Hospital notified approximately 450 patients of potential exposure to hepatitis and HIV. According to a spokesperson for the hospital, the potentially life-altering error was due to a lapse in the administration of intravenous medication during endoscopy procedures.

The magnitude of this oversight, which went on for a full two years before being addressed, raises serious concerns about patient safety and standard of care. As affected individuals deal with the uncertainty of their health, legal guidance and advocacy are critical in determining the role and scope of medical negligence.

Although the current situation at Salem Hospital is particularly unsettling, medical errors are unfortunately quite common. According to a study by Johns Hopkins, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 250,000 deaths per year attributed to medical errors.

The winter season brings with it holiday festivities, cozy moments by the fireplace, and the magic of snow-covered streets. Amidst the beauty of the season, however, there are hidden dangers that can turn Massachusetts’s winter wonderland into an accident scene. Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence during the winter months, and understanding the factors that contribute to these incidents is critical to staying safe.

The Cold Reality of Slip and Fall Statistics:

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall accidents account for over one million emergency room visits each year. While not all of these are winter-related, a substantial percentage occur when icy and slippery conditions are present. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further reports that one out of five falls results in a serious injury, such as a head injury or bone fractures. Although slip and fall accidents affect all age groups and demographics, the risk of serious injury and death rises dramatically with age.

Bicycling in Boston is a wonderful way to explore the city, stay active, and reduce your carbon footprint. However, like any other mode of transportation, riding a bicycle carries some inherent risks, and accidents can happen. If you find yourself in a bicycle accident in Boston, it’s essential to know what steps to take to protect yourself and your legal rights.

Seek Medical Attention

Following any type of accident, your health and safety should be your top priority. After a bicycle accident, even if your injuries seem minor, it’s critical to seek medical attention. Adrenaline can sometimes mask the full extent of your injuries, and getting a medical evaluation will ensure that any hidden or delayed injuries are detected and treated promptly. Furthermore, certain serious injuries, including internal bleeding and soft-tissue damage, often take days to produce symptoms. And medical records will be vital if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Whether you’re at a friend’s house, a shopping mall, or a restaurant, you have the right to expect a reasonably safe environment. Unfortunately, negligent property maintenance and unsafe conditions lead to countless injuries and deaths every year.

In Massachusetts, premises liability law holds property owners responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. Read on to explore the key aspects of premises liability in Massachusetts and what you should know if you find yourself in such a situation.

Duty of Care

Pressure cookers can reduce cooking time by exposing food to intense steam heat. When the air-tight, locking lid and other components work properly, pressure cooking is usually safe. With defective or malfunctioning parts, however, the pot can expel hot contents and cause users to suffer serious burn injuries.

After dozens of reported burn accidents, manufacturer Sensio recently recalled some of its electric and stovetop pressure cookers. The lid of the pots can unlock and be removed during use, causing hot contents to splash out and potentially burn users. Sensio recalled about 860,000 products after receiving 63 incident reports, including second and third-degree burns to the face, torso, arms, and hands.

Sensio Pressure Cooker Recall

Despite the Commonwealth’s reputation for strong government regulation, boating in Massachusetts appears to function a little more like the Wild West. Anyone 16 or older can operate a boat without completing even a basic safety course, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe. This makes Massachusetts somewhat of an outlier in the region, as neighboring states Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont all require motorboat pilots to have a safe boating certificate.

Each year, thousands of boating accidents kill hundreds of people across the United States. In 2022, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,040 accidents, 2,222 non-fatal injuries, and 636 deaths. Although this marks a decrease from 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 saw a surge in boat sales and a drop in boater education, meaning many untrained boaters may still be on the water. After crashes this summer caused the death of a Boy Scout from Lexington and a teenage girl on Cape Cod, boating safety is receiving renewed attention in Massachusetts.

New Proposed Boating Safety Bill

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