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Massachusetts wrongful death statute offers options to families

Wrongful death statutes are legal guidelines that help families who have unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident understand the legal resources available to them during an unquestionably difficult time. A wrongful death action can essentially be understood as a personal injury claim, however, the victim is unable to bring a personal injury claim because the victim was killed in the accident. Instead, the wrongful death claim is brought by a representative of the victim for the benefit of surviving family members.

Bicyclist killed in fatal truck accidents in Massachusetts

The legal process is designed to help victims of all types of situations, including those hurt in accidents. A bicyclist's family may need that help now after she was recently killed in Massachusetts about an hour east of the Worcester area. The 38-year-old woman was killed after she was struck by a flatbed semi-truck. One witness described the accident as a "bad scene." The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to authorities, the 18-wheel flatbed truck and its driver were located out-of-state. No charges had been filed against the truck driver, however, authorities also noted they did not know if the truck driver was aware he had hit someone.

Safety tips for boating season in Massachusetts

Boating season is in full swing in Massachusetts. Summer fun also carries responsibility and boating safety tips may help prevent a boating accident. Unfortunately, individuals who hunt and fish from boats have one of the highest boating fatality rates. It is important for summer revelers out boating to be familiar with how to stay safe on the water.

The summer boating season can lead to boating accidents

This blog has recently discussed how wrongful death actions may help surviving family members of victims of fatal accidents. The summer season, of course, brings a variety of fun outdoors activities, however, summertime can also be a time, unfortunately, when boating accidents, including fatal boating accidents, take place.

Wrongful death actions can help victims of medical malpractice

Wrongful death actions are available to surviving family members who have wrongfully lost a loved one. Surviving family members may wonder in what types of situations a wrongful death action may be available to recover damages. In general, in circumstances of a fatal accident when the death of a loved one was wrongfully caused by another party's negligence, a wrongful death claim to recover damages to compensate surviving family members may be available. This can include in circumstances of medical negligence or medical malpractice.

Wrongful death damages could help family members in taxi accident

A lawsuit was recently filed by a Massachusetts family stemming from a fatal accident that occurred approximately an hour east of the Worcester area. The family of a man struck and killed by a taxi cab filed the lawsuit against the taxi cab driver and the taxi cab company. The 44-year old victim was struck by the taxi cab as the driver made a u-turn in a parking lot. The victim has four children and two grandchildren.

Fatal accident claims life of pedestrian in Massachusetts

A fatal accident in a neighboring community northeast of Worcester recently claimed the life of a 67-year old pedestrian. While walking alongside the roadway, the victim was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital following the fatal accident. Authorities are investigating the accident and reviewing evidence and witness accounts of what occurred, leading to the fatal accident.

Legal options are available for victims of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences on victims and families. One type of medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose, which can be serious. When a medical condition, such as a heart attack or cancer, is not diagnosed properly it will likely also not be treated properly, or promptly. A medical condition that is not properly diagnosed or is misdiagnosed may result in the patient's condition worsening which, in some circumstances, can lead to death as a result.

Truck accident claims life near Worcester

A fatal accident just west of Worcester recently claimed the life of a tow truck driver. The 22-year-old tow truck driver was assisting a motorist in the breakdown lane when he was struck by a box truck. According to authorities, the 45-year-old box truck driver was travelling in the right-hand lane when he hit the tow truck driver. According to the owner of the tow truck company, the tow truck driver was loading a disabled vehicle onto his flatbed tow truck when he was struck and killed.

Fatal workplace accidents by the numbers and what families can do

When a loved one has been wrongfully killed in a fatal accident, families may be left with myriad difficulties and unpleasant challenges ahead. Fatal workplace accidents are a serious concern for workers and their families. In 2012, there were 4,628 fatal workplace injuries in the United States. In 2013, there were 3,929 worker fatalities following fatal workplace accidents throughout the private sector. A little over 20 percent of fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry.

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