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Ryan P. Kelley (508) 738-2627 RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Ryan P. Kelley
(508) 738-2627
RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Lead Poisoning and Massachusetts Law

With the recent press about the lead in Flint, Michigan’s water system, and the lawsuit brought by the residents of Flint, a lot of people are wondering about the signs of lead poisoning and the long term effects.

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Brian C. Dever 508-738-2272 BDever@Kecheslaw.com

Brian C. Dever
508-738-2272
BDever@Kecheslaw.com

Ikea Recalls over 29 Million Dressers After Tragic Deaths of Children

Ikea announced that it is recalling 29 million chests and dressers in the United States, and an additional 7 million from Canada, after disturbing reports of at least 6 deaths of small children related to the product. According to a New York Times article by Mike McPhate, the dressers and chests have been responsible for at least 6 deaths and more than 70 injuries. One of Ikea’s most popular models, the Malm, accounts for a large number of the recalled products. The article stated that the dressers are toppling over when children attempt to climb the drawers like a ladder, causing the dresser to fall forward and cause a crush injury. Apparently, the dressers are “balanced” in such a manner that they are top heavy, and if any pressure is applied to the front of them, they will fall forward. All of the 6 children who have tragically lost their lives were under 3 years of age. While all of the fatalities involved small children, older children and adults have been injured by these dressers unexpectedly toppling over, according to a recent Reuters article. Clearly, these dressers pose a danger to anyone. According to CPSC chairman Elliott Kaye, who serves as the head of the federal government’s consumer protection division, “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”

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Ryan P. Kelley (508) 738-2627 RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Ryan P. Kelley
(508) 738-2627
RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Pedestrians Injured in Crosswalk or Struck by Motor Vehicles

As one can imagine, accidents involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian very often involve serious personal injuries that result in significant medical expenses and lengthy periods of time lost from work, as well as many cases with permanent, lasting injuries that drastically alter a person’s ability to live life as they are accustomed to. Have you, or someone you know, been injured in a crosswalk accident, or injured while crossing a road due to a motor vehicle striking you?  If so, you very well may have a legal claim against the driver who caused the accident.  Contact Keches Law Group today to have an experienced attorney evaluate your claim and assist you in pursuing the compensation you may be entitled to.

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Ryan P. Kelley (508) 738-2627 RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Ryan P. Kelley
(508) 738-2627
RKelley@kecheslaw.com

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are very serious, given the lack of the protection for the person or persons riding the motorcycle in the event of a collision.  Consequently, a lot of motorcycle accidents result in very serious injuries, that can cause substantial medical expenses, long periods of time missed from work, and sometimes permanent injuries that drastically affect a rider’s, or passenger’s, ability to go about their daily life. If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Connecticut, the attorneys at Keches Law Group can help you determine whether you have a legal claim against the driver who struck you, and we will work for you to get you the compensation you are entitled to.

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Claudine A. Cloutier 508-738-2272 CCloutier@kecheslaw.com

Claudine A. Cloutier
508-738-2272
CCloutier@kecheslaw.com

Should I take a PIP Deductible?

In short – NO!  PIP or personal injury protection benefits are part of the limited no-fault system for motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts.  If you are injured in a motor vehicle crash, unless you die, suffer a fracture, lose a body part or significant function, or a sustain disfigurement, you must incur $2,000 in medical bills in order to file a claim for pain and suffering against the negligent party.  See https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIII/TitleII/Chapter231/Section6D

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Adam Becker 508-822-2000

Adam Becker
508-822-2000

Early Tuesday Morning, June 29, 2016, Thomas O’Day of East Bridgewater, aged 52, was tragically killed while picking up lane marking cones on Route 93 in Medford, MA near the Roosevelt Circle exit.  According to the Massachusetts State Police, the incident occurred when the worker was struck by a drunk driver.  Another worker was injured in the incident as well.  At the time of the incident, Mr. O’Day was working for HiWay Safety Systems, Inc. which is subcontracted by the Massachusetts State Transportation Department to perform highway marking.

The driver, James Scoville of Chelmsford, has been charged with vehicular homicide and operating under the influence.   Scoville’s parents stated that both they and their son were devastated by the incident.  Bostonglobe.com has reported that Scoville had worked a double shift on Monday as a waiter at State Street Provisions, a restaurant on Long Wharf in Boston.

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Claudine Cloutier

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By the second year of law school, every law student knows that in order to successfully pursue a personal injury claim based on negligence, the plaintiff must establish four elements: 1) duty of care; 2) breach of that duty of care; 3) damages; 4) a causal nexus between the breach and the damages.  But what do these mean if you’re the person injured? Although each of the elements has volumes of legal treatises attempting to interpret and explain it, a basic understanding is not difficult.

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Erica Pereira
Erica Pereira

508-822-2000


Under current Massachusetts law, drivers may carry as little as $20,000 in liability insurance. This can compound upon the otherwise unspeakable tragedy of losing a loved one to a fatal motor vehicle accident with economic hardship. In the event of an automobile accident resulting in death caused by negligence, most of the liability insurance would be consumed by hospital and funeral expenses. This would leave the family of the deceased with very little. It will also leave a family with dependent children in a serious economic predicament.

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According to the Massachusetts Port Authority — which manages Boston’s cruise ship port, Cruiseport Boston, — over 300,000 passengers pass through the port each year. The 2016 season will bring 117 vessels through the port, which is the home base for four ships as well as a port of call for numerous ships on 17 different cruise lines.

According to Mass Port, Massachusetts is one of the top ten states economically impacted by the cruise industry. By estimate, passengers and crew spent 36 million dollars in Boston in 2012. It is also estimated (in a 2013 report) that the industry brought 8,000 jobs to Massachusetts and $479 million in income.

With the cruise industry booming in Massachusetts, passengers, crew, and their families often require legal advice for injuries and deaths that occur aboard a ship or in a port of call. Generally, injuries that occur in port are treated the same way as any other injury that occurs in Massachusetts. Usually, injuries that occur in port are not caused by the cruise line or its staff, but by local vendors, tour guides, or property owners.

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Vehicle Recall Car Defect Injured Attorney
On Thursday, January 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a new Public Awareness Campaign, “Safe Cars Save Lives.” The goal of this campaign is to encourage automobile owners to routinely check for any applicable vehicle recalls issued by their vehicle manufacturer. As the Department of Transportation’s release notes, there were close to 900 recalls affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide — and, each year, 25% of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired.

The NHTSA has implemented a VIN look-up tool, which allows vehicle owners to input their Vehicle Identification Number to determine whether any recalls remain outstanding that apply to their vehicle. The goal of the campaign is to encourage people to develop the habit of checking for recalls related to their vehicle at least twice every year.

While some vehicle recalls may be minor, many other recalls relate to defects that jeopardize the lives of drivers and passengers. For example, vehicle recalls related to faulty airbags could prevent serious injuries and deaths from occurring, as could complying with a vehicle recall related to faulty ignitions.

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