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wreckJackknifed 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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cerealFood 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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constructionIf you have lost a family member in a fatal workplace accident, you need to reach out to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we can aggressively advocate for your rights to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these cases in a compassionate yet vigorous manner.

Given the nature of their work, workers in the construction industry are inevitably more susceptible to injuries or death as compared to other types of workers like office workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that one-fifth of workplace deaths across the country in 2015 were in the construction industry. Dubbed the “fatal four,” the four leading causes of death within the construction industry are falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught/in-between equipment, objects, or collapsing structures.

OSHA has set forth a number of safety regulations for employers to follow in order to minimize the risk of injury for their employees. Unfortunately, many employers fail to adhere to these regulations, creating unsafe work environments that lead to serious injuries and even death.

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car crashDepending on the severity, chain reaction accidents can have catastrophic consequences for everyone involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in a chain reaction car accident, you need to consult a Massachusetts car accident attorney who can protect your rights. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our experienced attorney can vigorously advocate for you throughout the entire process. With years of experience, we understand how to identify the at-fault parties and establish their liability in front of a judge or jury.

Chain reaction accidents, also known as multi-vehicle accidents or pile-up accidents, occur when more than two cars hit each other in a chain of rear-end accidents. A chain reaction typically begins with a single collision. The first car collides with the car ahead of it, which loses control and strikes another car, and potentially another and so on. The following examples are common types of chain reaction collisions:

  • Two or more cars are stopped at an intersection when a vehicle hits the last car in the line, causing that car to crash into the one ahead of it and creating a domino effect.

truckUnderride accidents typically cause serious and even fatal injuries. People who survive such accidents often suffer life-changing injuries that can be emotionally draining and extremely costly to treat. If you or a loved one has been injured in an underride accident, you need the help of a trustworthy Massachusetts truck accident attorney. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to aggressively representing clients and families who have been affected by underride accidents.

Underride accidents take place when a car goes partially or fully underneath a truck or trailer in a collision. In other words, underride accidents refer to accidents in which a passenger vehicle strikes a truck and goes underneath it. Even at relatively low speeds, these collisions can have devastating consequences for individuals in the smaller vehicle. To decrease the chances of underride accidents, trucks often use guards, which are metal bars intended to prevent cars from sliding under the trucks. However, the effectiveness of these guards has been questionable, especially when cars are traveling at high speeds.

Unfortunately, underride accidents are more common than you may think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 400 people die each year due to underride accidents. In addition, more than 5,000 occupants of passenger vehicles suffer serious injuries in these types of accidents each year. Underride accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

cafeRestaurants are often busy places with employees rushing to make sure customers are seated and their orders are promptly arriving at their tables. This can also make restaurants dangerous places if slip and fall hazards are not addressed. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts slip and fall attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve after such an accident.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were more than 50,000 reported injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. Many of these incidents involved slip and fall accidents. Between slippery floors due to spilled drinks or a fresh mop job, tight spaces, and heavy crowds, restaurants can put customers and employees at risk. In addition to slipping hazards, tripping hazards such as loose floorboards or exposed wiring can also lead to serious falls. BLS data reveal that there were almost 15,000 reported nonfatal slip, trip, and fall injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. These falls caused varying injuries, with a median of six days away from work.

Property owners, including owners of retail establishments, have an obligation to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition in order not to cause injuries to those who enter the land. In Massachusetts, this obligation extends to all lawful entrants. When it comes to restaurants, part of a property owner’s responsibility is making sure that the space is clear of any debris or conditions that could result in an accident that causes injuries. Of course, sometimes hazards may arise. For example, a customer may spill a drink. In such a situation, a wet floor sign should immediately be placed in the area to warn guests of the danger, and the spill should be cleaned up as quickly as possible. If for some reason a hazard cannot be immediately addressed, the area should be closed off, or the warning sign should remain there until the hazard is remedied.

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Rear-end accidents are common both in Massachusetts and across the United States. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a rear-end collision that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our diligent Massachusetts car accident attorneys can meticulously examine the facts of your case and help you determine your next steps.

A rear-end collision takes place when one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Data from the National Highway Safety Administration reveal that there are about 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. Essentially, of all of the auto accidents in the country, approximately 28 percent are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are also extremely common in Massachusetts. In fact, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, rear-end collisions were the most common types of collisions in the state in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, there were 1,289 rear-end accidents, whereas in 2013, there were 1,461.

In many cases, the risk of serious injury or fatal injury depends on the size of the vehicles. Being struck from behind by a significantly larger vehicle can have devastating consequences for the driver and passengers of the smaller car. On the other hand, a car hitting the back of a much larger vehicle, such as a truck, could result in a dangerous underride accident.

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washing machineDefective products can cause catastrophic injuries and damage to both persons and property. If you or someone close to you was injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, we protect the rights of injured victims throughout the entire legal process. With more than two decades of experience, our Massachusetts product liability lawyers understand the area of law governing the rights of persons who have been injured due to defective products.

Unfortunately, consumer products injure many people in Massachusetts and across the United States every year. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 359 reported injuries due to these products in 2015. For instance, clothing was associated with 345,836 injuries that resulted in a visit to the emergency room. In addition, the CPSC issued 410 recalls, and 10 companies were fined with civil penalties in the United States.

Product liability is an area of law designed to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable for placing a hazardous product into the stream of commerce, and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. Put another way, the manufacturer or vendor of goods has an obligation to compensate for any injury caused by defective or faulty merchandise that is sold on the market.

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delivery vanWith the surge of online shopping and ride-sharing services, there are more cars than ever on the roadways and highways. If you or someone close to you was injured in an on-the-job delivery vehicle accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, our skilled Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and determine your legal rights and options. With over 25 years of experience, we understand how to protect the interests of our clients in these complex claims.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.4 million people work as delivery truck drivers throughout the country. Different types of trucks may be used to make deliveries, such as box trucks, large vans, flatbed trucks, pick up trucks, and customized trucks. Common causes of delivery vehicle accidents that end up injuring delivery drivers include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive speeding;

bikerMotorcycles provide an enjoyable and often thrilling mode of transportation. Motorcycle accidents, however, can have catastrophic consequences for the rider, given his or her relative vulnerability in a collision involving a larger vehicle. Some accidents, like rollover accidents, are even more dangerous than others. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motorcycle rollover accident, you need the help of a skilled Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case and determine the viability of your legal claim.

A motorcycle rollover accident occurs when the motorcycle overturns. Put another way, motorcycle rollover accidents take place when the motorcycle flips over. These accidents can be categorized as “tripped” or “untripped.” Rollover accidents caused by external objects such as a car, truck, or other vehicle are known as “tripped,” since the motorcycle is tripped by the object causing it to flip over. Untripped rollovers generally are not caused by contact with an external object. Instead, they may be caused by the behavior of others on the road, such as an aggressive driver who is veering in and out of lanes, causing a motorcycle rollover accident. Sometimes a motorcycle rollover accident is a result of a defective part. And in other cases, a rollover accident may be caused by a road defect, such as a pothole.

If another person or party’s negligence caused your rollover accident, you can likely file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Almost all personal injury cases are rooted in negligence. In Massachusetts, negligence occurs when an individual or entity fails to exercise the level of care required under the circumstances and, as a result, causes injuries or harm to someone else. It is important to note that Massachusetts follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, under which a plaintiff’s total damages award is reduced by his or her degree of fault. For example, if a motorcyclist is deemed to be 20 percent at fault for the rollover accident, his or her recovery will be reduced by that amount. The only exception to this rule is if the plaintiff is 50 percent or more at fault, in which case that plaintiff is barred from recovering any damages at all.