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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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Legal News GavelIf 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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Legal News GavelDepending 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.

Legal News GavelUnderride 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:

Legal News GavelRestaurants 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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