So, you’re on your way home from work when somebody behind you, distracted by their cell phone, slams into the back of your car. You step out, back aching, and look over the damage. This seems pretty straight-forward. The guy who hit you is clearly at fault. So all you have to do is get his insurance information, contact your insurance agent, and his insurance company will pay for everything, right? Wrong. This is a perfect example of how something might look simple when in reality it is full of complexities. Your auto accident case might seem pretty cut-and-dry …Read More
On Tuesday, May 14th, officials at the federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made an informed declaration and suggestion regarding the benchmark for what should determine what counts as driving under the influence of alcohol (more informally known as D.U.I.). According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, currently, every state in the United States, and the District of Columbia, have laws that say that if you are driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08, you are legally driving under the influence of alcohol and can be charged and convicted with such a crime. …Read More
With the “P.I. Pulse” component of this blog, we try to keep you informed about goings-on in the world of personal injury law – specifically developments concerning the conclusions of issues: how they ended, why they ended in the way that they did, etc. Being aware of the different routes that a personal injury case can take can make you more aware of your options and prospects should you ever be in an instance similar to one described herein (or in any of our other blogs).
In this blog, we’re going to talk about a jury award benefiting the …Read More
“Wrongful death” sounds like an odd – redundant – phrase to most people (and with good reason). Why qualify the word “death” with a variant of the word “wrong?” Isn’t death always “wrong” in one way or another? Well, in the realm of the legal system, a “wrongful death” case is an instance in which damages are sought against an individual or other type of party for causing a death. Essentially, in a wrongful death case, the death was not caused by natural causes or a pure accident—nor was the result of homicide. Wrongful death cases stem from someone, …Read More
Lawyers as a class are the recipients of a disproportionate amount of unfavorable commentary. We are the subjects of countless jokes and derogatory phrases and we are constantly being referred to as people who try to make a buck off someone else’s misery. Our type of law in particular, personal injury, always seems to be in the hot seat, whether we’re the butt of an anecdote or being disparagingly referenced in a proposed piece of legislation. Personal injury lawyers—often degradingly and misleadingly referred to as “ambulance chasers”—fight hard to protect the rights of those who have been wronged by helping …Read More
As the country reels from the Boston Marathon attacks of Monday, April 15th, all of us at the Law Offices of Aronberg and Aronberg would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the attacks, their families, loved ones and friends; we would also like to extend our appreciation to all of the first responders who heroically mitigated the impact of the bombings.
It’s hard to get more American than the city of Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston has always played an especially crucial role in the definition of patriotism in this country, …Read More
Forgery is a dirty word. Forgery is defined as the action of “forging” – or producing – a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art. The word “producing” can be misleading. Someone can produce their own work, and thus it isn’t a forgery, as per common law. Perhaps the word “replicate” is better to use than “produce” when trying to understanding “forgery.” Most commonly, forgery is understood as the illegitimate replication of a signature on a bank check, deed to a house, title to a car, court document, business contract, etc. Forgery is a serious crime and can carry serious penalties …Read More
Let’s start with the largest award we will be discussing in this blog. A certain HMO (which is an acronym for “health maintenance organization”) had been sued by patients that had been infected by hepatitis C as part of an outbreak at a string of colonoscopy clinics, which were operated by a doctor who failed to meet procedural standards (i.e., the doctor reused syringes and cut other regulatory corners). Hepatitis C—currently incurable—is a disease that attacks the liver, an organ in the body that serves primarily to detoxify and engage in protein synthesis. Two women contracted the awful disease after …Read More
So, what is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitation is a statute—an enactment in the legal system—that determines the maximum amount of time that can pass after an incident before legal proceedings based on the incident must commence. Statutes of limitations apply to both civil law (the type of law we handle) and criminal law (the type of law the government executes). There are some instances in which there are no applicable statutes of limitations. For example, in the United States, what are deemed to be “heinous crimes” carry no associated statute of limitations. Thus, as a general …Read More
In our office—and thus in our blog—we frequently deal with the fall-out from auto accidents, which account for a majority of the personal injury cases that we deal with. The aftermath of car accidents require a great deal of work and attention in answering many questions: Were there damages? Who was at fault? Was negligence involved? Will insurance cover this? How are medical bills going to be paid? How do we ensure the victim receives the compensation they deserve? While we certainly look at the causes of the accident in order to prove negligence on the part of the …Read More