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car accidentHit and run accidents can be some of the most devastating accidents on the road. If you or your loved one is the victim of a hit and run accident, it is vital to reach out to a reputable Massachusetts car accident lawyer who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims who have been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence. When you hire us to represent you, you can trust that you are in good hands.

A hit and run accident occurs when one party to an accident flees the scene of that accident. In other words, the driver of a motor vehicle hits someone and continues driving in an effort to avoid liability. Unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are often the ones injured in these types of accidents.

In Massachusetts, under MGL c. 90 s. 24, if a driver knowingly collides with or causes injury to another vehicle, property or person, that driver must provide the following information to the injured party before leaving the scene of the accident: their name, residence and registration number of their motor vehicle. Under state law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information and/or calling the police if someone is hurt. In fact, leaving the scene of an accident that caused an injury or death carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence.

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car accidentIf you have been injured in a car accident and wish to learn more about your options, you need to consult a seasoned Massachusetts car accident attorney who understands the nuances of personal injury law. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to providing diligent legal representation to each and every client. We understand that this is a stressful time, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

Allstate has released its Best Drivers Report for 2018. This is an annual report that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities and their surrounding suburban metropolitan areas have the safest drivers. Massachusetts has 3 of the top 200 safest driving cities in the country, but they are on the bottom of the list. Springfield is ranked 195, Worcester comes in at 197 and Boston is ranked 199.

The rankings are based on the rate at which Allstate customers in each city report being involved in a collision. The national average for customers experiencing a crash is every 10 years, according to the report. Individuals in Springfield reported getting into an accident every 5.3 years, whereas drivers in Worcester reportedly got into an accident once every 4.4 years.

car accidentUnfortunately, car accidents are common occurrences in every state across the United States. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you need legal counsel without delay. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our diligent and hard-working Massachusetts vehicle accident attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. We have extensive experience establishing personal injury cases in Massachusetts and we strongly believe in holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause.

Car injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. Some common examples of injuries that can be sustained in car accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Traumatic brain injury is a brain injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. This type of injury is typically caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. Signs of a TBI can include unconsciousness, memory problems, confusion and disorientation. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may experience physical, cognitive and behavioral problems.

Legal News GavelA defective product can lead to devastating injuries and, in the worst cases, even death. We understand the pain, stress and disturbance that being injured by a defective product can cause in your life. If you or someone close to you has been harmed by a defective product or failure to warn, you have the right to seek damages from the at-fault party. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our highly skilled Massachusetts products liability attorneys will work aggressively to make sure that the people we represent recover full and fair compensation in their case.

Products liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the stream of commerce, and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. There are three types of product defects that incur liability to manufacturers and suppliers: design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects.

Design defects generally exist before the product is manufactured and refer to inherent flaws in the design of the product. Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, occur during the construction or production of the item. Marketing defects, often referred to as warning defects, deal with improper instructions and/or a failure to warn consumers of potential dangers of the product. In other words, the product was designed and manufactured properly but the manufacturer or seller failed to provide adequate warnings of its foreseeable risks of harm.

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Truck accidents caused by wide turns can lead to serious, long-term harm for everyone involved. If you have been injured in such an accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim. The skilled Massachusetts truck accident attorneys at Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C. pride themselves on holding negligent truck drivers and, in some cases, trucking companies accountable for the harm that they cause.Legal News Gavel

Truck drivers must be very careful when making a turn, due to the sheer size and length of their vehicles. A wide turn takes place when a driver’s vehicle spills into another lane while turning. In many cases, the truck driver does not even realize the turn is too wide. For instance, when making a left turn, the back of the truck could swing around the center of the intersection as opposed to staying in the left lane, thereby causing an accident. A wide turn can sometimes be unavoidable, but in those cases, the truck driver should be extremely cautious and make sure the turn will not injure a pedestrian or another driver. Common causes of wide turn accidents include but are not limited to:

  • The truck driver failing to check a blind spot properly;

Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating, even deadly injuries. Not all motorcycle crashes involve colliding with another vehicle. Instead, some motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle accidents. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t assume you can’t recover compensation. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys can examine the facts of your accident and identify each and every potentially liable party.Legal News Gavel

Last month, a Massachusetts man was killed during a single-vehicle motorcycle crash. The 20-year-old Medfield man was taken to Norwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say town emergency personnel responded to reports of a crash in Walpole – a place 27 miles south of Boston – late in the evening.

Unfortunately, incidents like this are quite common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, 40 percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2016 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and 60 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes. This has remained largely unchanged since the 1980s. It is important to note that alcohol played a role in 37 percent of deaths in single-vehicle crashes in 2016.

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Legal News GavelWhen you visit a healthcare provider, you expect to receive competent care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you or someone close to you has been harmed by a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our highly skilled Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys can help you resolve complex medical malpractice claims. With extensive experience, we can help you settle or litigate these claims.

Sadly, medical mistakes are surprisingly common. A study conducted by the American Medical Association found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Medical malpractice can happen in a number of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Anesthesiology errors;
  • Diagnostic errors;
  • Surgery errors;
  • Emergency room mistakes and hospital errors;
  • Failure to provide sufficient follow up care;
  • Serious infections;
  • Medication errors;
  • Wrongful death.

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Legal News GavelDrivers often fail to see motorcycles on the road, especially at left turns. This leads to many accidents being the result of improper left turns. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s drivers’ negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our seasoned Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to providing practical and cost-effective legal advice for your case.

Sadly, left turn accidents are quite commonplace. Data collected from Arbella Insurance highlights that 31 percent of serious wrecks in 2013 involved an automobile turning left. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of the total 5.8 million car accidents that take place in the country every year are intersection-related and the majority of those involve making an improper left turn. In fact, a 2010 NHTSA report found that in the case of 22.2 percent of crashes, the critical pre-crash event (i.e., an event that made the crash imminent) was turning left.

Motor vehicles making left turns can pose a danger to motorcycles if they are not careful. Left turn accidents with motorcycles can happen in a number of ways, including:

  • A motorist cutting off a motorcyclist while making a left turn;
  • A motorist running a red light;
  • A motorist ignoring stop sign, not coming to a complete stop and prematurely making a left turn;
  • A motorist making a left turn at a yellow light without scanning the surrounding area for a motorcycle.

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Legal News GavelJackknifed trucks can cause devastating accidents. If you or someone close to you suffered an injury in a jackknife truck accident, you need to reach out to a skilled Massachusetts truck accident attorney without delay. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we will examine the facts of your case and help you get the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve. We understand how stressful dealing with an accident can be, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 3,986 people died in large truck accidents in 2016. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants; 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, whereas 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Some of these deaths were due to jackknife accidents. A jackknife accident occurs when the two separate parts of the truck, the cab and the trailer, fold in on itself at the point of separation, forming a 90-degree angle “v” shape. In other words, a jackknife wreck happens when the trailer part of the truck swings out to one side, resembling a partially opened blade of a jackknife.

When a trailer begins to jackknife, it creates an extremely dangerous situation for other vehicles on the road. A jackknifing trailer can collide with or sideswipe other vehicles, which can actually cause the entire tractor-trailer unit to roll over. A rollover poses its own risks, such as potential spills of dangerous cargo and the potential for the truck to catch fire. Given the sheer size and weight of the truck, smaller passenger vehicles are at great risk for severe, even deadly, injuries when these accidents take place. Jackknife accidents can happen for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

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Legal News GavelFood product manufacturers have an obligation to make sure that the items they sell are reasonably safe for public consumption. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an unsafe or contaminated food product, you need to reach out to a diligent and reputable Massachusetts products liability attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are dedicated to holding negligent food manufacturers accountable for the harm that they cause.

Last month, a popular cereal was recalled after people got sick by salmonella. Kelloggs issued a recall for Honey Smacks cereal in 31 states because the popular breakfast food was linked to a salmonella outbreak that caused more than 70 people to get sick, including five in Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of the 73 people infected with the outbreak strain, 24 were hospitalized. Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no sickness developed, the CDC warns that the rest of the cereal should be thrown away or returned for a refund. In addition, if you store cereal in unmarked containers, any Honey Smacks cereal it should be discarded immediately.

Salmonella is a dangerous type of bacteria present in food items that are not properly handled. Consuming products contaminated with salmonella can result in serious illness. In fact, salmonella can sometimes produce fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella can suffer fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills and abdominal pain.

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