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I suffered an injury on a wet floor at the gym. The manager says I can’t sue because I signed a “general release” when I joined. Is this true?

While it’s standard procedure for a health club or gym to require members to sign a liability waiver, members still have rights. The purpose of a general release of liability waiver is to protect the gym from injuries caused by members. It’s common to sustain an injury while exercising. For example, pulling a muscle by lifting too much weight, misusing an exercise machine, or overexerting are typical injuries covered members are prohibited from bringing about legal action. However, when an injury is sustained due to the gym’s negligence, a release is not enough to excuse the gym from liability. Similar

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How Does Legal Marijuana Impact Personal Injury Cases?

While marijuana use is legal for people over the age of 21 under Massachusetts law, it does not change whether or not a person under the influence can be considered at fault in a personal injury case. Marijuana use, legal or not, is treated similarly to alcohol and other substances when it comes to things like driving, operating heavy machinery, and personal injury cases. Like alcohol, cannabis impairs a person’s reaction times. Massachusetts has passed a range of laws governing the legal use of cannabis to keep people safe. Just like it is illegal to drive under the influence of

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Injured While Ridesharing: Can Passengers Sue the Company as Well as the Driver?

Ridesharing has been hailed as one of the great conveniences of modern life: easier than designating a driver, cheaper than a cab, and faster than waiting for the bus. When it comes to injuries incurred because of a rideshare driver’s recklessness or negligence, however, it is less clear how victims can receive compensation. The average driver, even working fulltime, is almost certainly lacking insurance, assets, and earnings substantial enough to cover millions of dollars in medical treatment expenses and lost wages. As of 2021, however, the rideshare industry was valuated at $61 billion. For such a massive, profitable industry, the

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How does contributory and comparative negligence affect my car accident lawsuit?

Anyone who has experienced an auto accident knows how quickly things can spiral out of control. With any luck, all parties involved can walk away from such an event unharmed. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In the event an auto accident leads to injury, it’s crucial to determine who is at fault and the level of culpability they contributed to the accident. Comparative fault and contributory negligence are models for determining who bears responsibility for an auto accident. This is central to car accident lawsuits as there is often no clear answer. Oftentimes more than one person may

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What Type of Damages Can You Sue for When Injured?

If you have been injured as the result of someone else’s reckless actions or lack of care—whether on the road, in unsafe premises, or elsewhere—you may be entitled to compensation for the material and immaterial consequences of your injury. A skilled personal injury can give you a personalized assessment of the damages you have suffered, what a court would assign as their worth, and how best to obtain compensation for you through the legal system. This article, however, is designed to give you an overview of damage claims that Massachusetts courts may recognize. Compensatory Damages Only In American law, two

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I was injured as a passenger of an Uber driver, who is responsible for damages?

If you’re injured in a ride-sharing vehicle, such as Uber or Lyft, you have a right to get compensation for your injuries and other damages. Financial responsibility typically falls on the insurance company of the at-fault driver, which may be the ride-sharing company’s driver or another driver involved in the accident who caused the crash. The ride-sharing driver’s car insurance coverage will apply to passenger injuries only if the driver has a commercial insurance policy or a personal car insurance policy with a special provision providing insurance coverage while engaged as a ride-sharing driver. However, many ride-share drivers do not

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My husband’s medical condition was misdiagnosed. Who should be held responsible?

When a serious injury or even death results from a misdiagnosed condition, there are several parties that can be held liable. This includes doctors, radiologists, nurses, and pharmacists as potentially responsible parties. However, for a medical professional to be held liable for medical malpractice, there are specific legal requirements under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts law. Restrictions stipulate when a claim can be made, limit the damages, and require specific types of evidence. Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing an illness or condition can qualify as medical malpractice if it can be proven that a doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. This

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How much time do I have to file a personal injury case in Massachusetts?

The timeframe in which you have to file your lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. The majority of personal injury cases in Massachusetts have a statute of limitations of three years. The statute of limitations begins on the date in which the personal injury incident occurs. Therefore, you generally have three years from this date to start your lawsuit. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. For instance actions against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority(MBTA). You only have two years to file a suit for injuries you sustain as a passenger on public transit. To ensure your personal injury

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My mother slipped while walking through an icy mall parking lot and broke her arm. Who is responsible for her injury?

Slip and fall accidents are common when weather conditions are wet and icy. When it comes to maintaining the safety of public areas, such as parking lots or sidewalks, the property owner has a duty to exercise reasonable care. This is a legal duty, and failure to do so can result in negligence. The periodic inspection of the property and the removal or remediation of snow and ice within a reasonable time is the duty of property owners to reduce the risk of falls and injuries. The commonwealth of Massachusetts no longer practices the “natural accumulation” rule, which relieved a

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