Monthly Archives: May 2012

Toddler Drowns in a Lake in Worcester, MA

31 May 2012

In what can only be described as a nightmare scenario for relatives, an 18-month-old baby boy drowned in a city lake in Worcester, Massachusetts. Police and firefighters responded to a call to Indian Lake at about 11 a.m. on Thursday after reports of a missing boy. After investigation at the scene, the boy was found unresponsive in the water. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Drowning tragedies occur for various reasons, including issues relating to inadequate supervision by lifeguards or other water safety personnel, and inadequate safety precautions such as fences and life-saving equipment.

If you or a family member has suffered significant personal injuries, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death as the result of a drowning or other water-related accident, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. Our product liability attorneys are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Toys R Us Recalls Imaginarium Activity Center

31 May 2012

Toys R Us recalled the Imaginarium 5-Sided Activity Center due to choking hazards. It was reported that the small wooden knobs attaching the xylophone keys can detach, presenting a choking hazard to young children. Toys R Us has received at least eight reports of the knobs separating.

The recall by Toys R Us includes the multi-sided center with two triangle-shaped ends, one with a wooden multi-colored xylophone, the other with a mirror. The three sides are square-shaped and include moveable block letters, rotating gears and sliding shapes. This toy was sold across the United States for $25.

The law firm of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has successfully represented victims of hazardous products. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, call our law office at (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also reach us by email at attorney@swartzlaw.com.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Vehicle Accident at Ferry Terminal in Quincy, MA

31 May 2012

A fatal motor vehicle accident took place at around 3:34 a.m. at the Harbor Express parking lot on Washington Street. At that time, an oil truck was in the process of fueling a commuter boat, while the truck was positioned on a slight incline. When the driver was preparing to begin fueling, the fuel truck’s brakes failed, causing the truck to roll into the driver, pinning him to a wall. A passenger of the fuel truck was able to drive the truck away from the victim and call emergency personnel.

When help arrived, the victim’s health was rapidly deteriorating. Tragically, shortly after he was transported to Quincy Medical Center, he was pronounced dead.

Accidents involving motor vehicles can occur for a variety of reasons, including operator error, defective motor vehicle parts, or negligent maintenance.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a truck or car accident, or motor vehicle defect, and would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., please contact us. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Fire on Nuclear Sub Injures Seven

24 May 2012

A fire began on a nuclear-powered submarine in Kittery, Maine. The fire, which began around 5:40 pm., burned for nearly 12 hours spreading to the ship’s forward compartments, including living quarters, command centers and even a torpedo room. Investigators are not yet certain about what caused the fire. Seven people, including three shipyard firefighters, two civilians, and two crew members suffered what some described as minor injuries, and were either treated on scene or taken to a local hospital before being released.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.wbur.org/2012/05/24/portsmouth-shipyard-fire

If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries from a fire, explosion or electrocution, contact a personal injury attorney at our Boston law office. We are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

 

Child Falls out of Third-Floor Window

24 May 2012

A toddler is currently in the hospital after falling out of a third-floor window in an apartment complex in Fall River. Emergency crews arrived at around 8 pm to find the 2 year old bleeding on the ground with severe head trauma. Preliminarily, it was determined that one reason for the fall is that a window screen became dislodged, allowing that child to fall out.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/18599606/2012/05/22/child-falls-from-third-story-of-fall-river-home

As the warm weather arrives and windows are opened more often, the potential for children to fall increases significantly. Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has extensive experience handling many forms of premises liability claims. For example, we recently achieved a 1 million dollar recovery for an 18-month-old girl and her mother. In that case, the toddler suffered a significant closed head injury after a fall from a second floor apartment in which the window screen had become dislodged. Landlords and owners are often responsible for safely maintaining screens, as well as ensuring that apartments comply with all applicable building codes.

If you or a family member has suffered significant personal injuries, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. Our premise liability and negligent security attorneys are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Motorcycle Deaths not yet Reduced

23 May 2012

A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that there has not been any progress in reducing motorcyclist deaths in 2011. GHSA found that motorcycle fatalities remained steady at about 4,500 in 2011, the same level as 2010. In fact, 26 states and the District of Columbia reported an increase in motorcyclist deaths. Motorcycle deaths remain one of the few areas in highway safety where progress is not being made. The report also finds that only 19 states require helmets for motorcycle riders.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a motorcycle or car accident, or motor vehicle defect, and d would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., please contact us. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Explosion Destroys New Bedford Home

23 May 2012

An explosion that was purportedly caused by a natural gas leak inside a single-story home on Babbitt Street in the South End of New Bedford destroyed the Cape-style house. The gas leak was thought to be the cause of the explosion, fire and ensuing damage. The damage caused by this gas explosion included all four exterior house walls (damaged beyond repair), and all of the windows on the north and east sides, which were blown out. The flames from the kitchen spread all the way to the roof.

To read more on this story please visit: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120523/NEWS/205230335

Our record in gas explosion cases is second to none. We have been handling these cases for more than three decades and have achieved record results in Massachusetts, New England and throughout the United States. We work with the most knowledgeable and sophisticated scientific and medical experts in the country to achieve record verdicts and settlements. For example, in recent years, we obtained two record recoveries in natural gas explosions cases:

•We represented the estates of two victims who died and six persons who were injured in Attleboro, Massachusetts, securing a record $25 million settlement after their gas explosion accident.

•We represented the family of two young children who died in a gas explosion in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, resulting from the failure of a gas company to replace a corroded fitting. We achieved a recovery of $17 million.

Factors causing or contributing to gas explosions resulting in burn injuries or wrongful death have included improper gas line locations, faulty parts and equipment in mobile homes, workplace equipment, camping equipment, and defectively designed propane stoves.

If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries from a fire, explosion or electrocution, contact a personal injury attorney at our Boston law office. We are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Club Bouncer Charged in Chelsea, MA Stabbing

23 May 2012

Recently in Chelsea Massachusetts, a bouncer was charged with stabbing a club-goer 10 times in the in the head, neck and chest after the club employee followed the victim, who reportedly had been kicked out of the establishment. Initial reports indicate that the 49 year old bouncer and 33 year old victim had gotten into an altercation earlier that same night. After the incident, the victim was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remained in critical condition before being released five days later.  The bouncer from the club was arraigned in Chelsea District Court, where Judge D. Dunbar Livingstone imposed cash bail of $50,000.

Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has successfully represented victims in premises liability actions over the course of decades. Such lawsuits include generally the negligent failure to secure a premises to prevent injuries. Security failures in this context are especially concerning when they involve a failure to prevent illegal acts, like assault and battery or sexual assault. Further, a security failure can also result from the lack of training or supervision provided to employees at premises including bars and lounges, restaurants, schools or nursing homes.

At the Boston law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C., our injury attorneys are at the forefront of protecting victim’s rights by bringing personal injury cases to court for inadequate security in premises liability cases. Careless hiring of staff, failure to train and supervise staff and failure to ensure that security is adequate to protect guests, patrons, or residents can result in serious injuries, emotional scars, and even wrongful death. We are committed to ensuring that the victims of negligent security are compensated for their injuries and losses.

If you or a family member has suffered significant personal injuries, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. Our premise liability and negligent security attorneys are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Recall of 87,000 Jeeps due to Fire Risk

21 May 2012

Chrysler, located in Detroit, is recalling nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S. and Canada due to a risk of fires. Safety regulators claim that the fire risk only affects 2010 model Wranglers with automatic transmissions. It is believed that debris can get caught between a transmission plate and the catalytic converter, potentially causing a fire.

Chrysler states that there have been at least 14 complaints of fire due to this malfunction, but purports to have no knowledge of related injuries.

To read more on this topic please visit: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/automotive/view/20120519fire_risk_brings_recall_of_nearly_87000_jeeps/

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a car accident or automobile defect, and would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., please contact us. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

West Coast Nutritionals Dietary Supplement Products Recall

21 May 2012

Various dietary supplements sold by West Coast Nutritionals have been found to contain the drug ingredient Tadalafil, which can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels. Dietary supplements are not covered by the rigorous regulations applicable, for example, to prescription drugs, and often come from other countries which have minimal or no oversight over ingredients for such items.

If you or a loved one has been victimized by the ingestion of a dangerous food product or defective prescription drug, and would like to speak with an experienced attorney, please contact us. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

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