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Are punitive damages awarded in Massachusetts personal injury cases?

The most tragic aspect of being a personal injury attorney in Massachusetts is the human aspect: all too often, we help people who have been injured, often severely and in some cases having suffered ...
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Products Liability for Manufacturers of Auxiliary Products: New Case Law

Massachusetts law allows for recovery for damages suffered as a result of defective products. Plaintiffs may recover under three theories, generally, for products liability. The first theory claims ...
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What does the reasonable person standard mean in Massachusetts?

When bringing a negligence suit in the Commonwealth, a typical suit has four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. In establishing the first element of duty, the Commonwealth has established ...
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Comparative Negligence in Massachusetts

Suppose that two drivers driving on a busy road collide. Driver A is injured, but both drivers are partially at fault for accident—Driver A ran a stop sign, but Driver B was speeding at the time ...
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What types of invasion of privacy claims are available in Massachusetts?

An invasion of privacy tort is a tort claim that a plaintiff can bring against a defendant in the Commonwealth. Specifically, the courts have defined an invasion of privacy as “the wrongful ...
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What documents will my attorney need from me in preparing my personal injury suit?

When an individual suffers a personal injury, this if often an incredibly life changing, traumatic experience for a client. A personal injury attorney will need certain information from the client in ...
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Defamation and Its Defenses

Your good name and general reputation are worth a lot, right? Say, for example, that Simon is a local store owner. A former customer, David, is envious of Simon’s financial success and concocts ...
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What is the Massachusetts lead paint law and how does it work?

As one of the oldest states in the United States, Massachusetts contains many older homes. Some of these homes were or are wrought with various hazards, among them lead paint. Hundreds of young ...
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When Might Damages be Capped?

Massachusetts, like many jurisdictions, caps the amount of damages that a plaintiff in a personal injury matter may receive. There are various types of damages that a plaintiff may be awarded in a ...
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Parents' Liability for the Negligence of a Minor Child

Several states allow for a parent to be liable for the acts of his or her child or children. Massachusetts is one of these states. Massachusetts permits recovery via a “willful act” ...
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Duties Owed to Your Guests and Business Visitors in Your Home

When you invite someone to your home, what are the legal duties that you owe to him or her? Are all guests on your property, including trespassers, treated equally regarding the duties that are owed ...
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Journalist Privilege: When Should Sources Be Revealed

There are logically a variety of reasons the journalists should reveal their sources, just as there are reasons they should keep those sources confidential. As a Boston personal injury attorney, my ...
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Great Personal Injury Trial Preparation Advice

Massachusetts cases generally do not go to trial for the heck of it. Most cases are based in tort and, accordingly, there is a three-year statute of limitations which starts accruing at the time of ...
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Advice for Law Students: Take it from a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer - The Legal Landscape is Changing

I admit that a question you might be asking is why a Boston personal injury lawyer, is handing out advice to law students. Well, it's true that I've not practiced for 20 or 30 years. I've ...
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