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The mother of a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy that was attacked by a nearly 50 lb. dog recently filed a complaint with the Mansfield Selectmen. She asked the governmental body to declare the animal dangerous and to order that it be put to sleep. Her son was mauled in the dog bite attack, and he required more than 400 stitches to close a multitude of wounds to his face and body.

After the terrifying incident, the neighbors were required to keep the dog inside their home while the selectmen acted on the mother’s complaint. The local animal control officer testified during formal proceedings that the animal would likely bite another time and that such an attack could be even more severe. The selectmen ultimately determined the animal was dangerous and ordered it to be euthanized. The owners were given 10 days to appeal the ruling.

During the 10-day period, the dog attacked and bit a 16-year-old occupant of the owner’s home. She required hospitalization, though she was not believed to be in danger of losing her life. The dog, on the other hand, was surrendered to the local animal control authority and was reportedly put to sleep two days later. There was no further information disclosed on the updated medical conditions of the boy or teenage girl.

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Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and sometimes they involve vehicles that transport us for a free. One recent collision involved a Brockton Area Transit bus and a car. The collision took place on a recent Friday evening a bit before 6:30 p.m. While specific details of the crash were not initially disclosed, it is known that a passenger on the BAT bus was transported to the hospital for medical care. The specific nature of the passenger’s injuries was not detailed.

The car driver that collided with the bus was also injured. That driver informed authorities she intended to drive to a medical facility on her own for medical care. She complained of lower back pain. Nevertheless, on the day following the collision, authorities sited the driver with unspecified charges resulting from the crash.

A motor vehicle accident is frightening under any circumstances. A victim injured while riding on public transportation often has little or no time to react to a crash and may, as a result, suffer serious injury. Massachusetts personal injury laws provide for the right of those injured in an accident caused by the negligence of others to sue for recovery of damages sustained. If negligence is established in a civil lawsuit the injured passenger may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost time from work and other damages permissible under our states’ personal injury laws.

Source:, “Infiniti driver cited after BAT bus crash,” Carla Gualdron, Jan. 5, 2012

The room for error when driving a motor vehicle on Massachusetts highways is small. We all owe a duty of reasonable care to others in or near the roadway. Most of us are taught to drive defensively, but doing so does not always ensure that a car accident can be avoided.

Police were in the process of reconstructing the scene of a Cape Cod car accident following a head-on collision in Provincetown recently. The initial details concerning the crash were sparse. The collision occurred on Route 6 on a recent Thursday afternoon.

Preliminary reports suggest that a vehicle that was headed eastbound crossed into the westbound lane for reasons that are not yet clear. That vehicle struck an oncoming car, causing critical injury to both drivers. One was transported to Provincetown Airport and then airlifted to a trauma center. The other driver was transported to Cape Cod Hospital. The specific nature of the injuries sustained was not reported, and the further medical condition of each victim is not known.

A Massachusetts State Trooper had a close call recently when he was the victim of a motor vehicle accident on I-95 southbound in Canton. The 27-year-old officer was assigned to construction zone detail near Exit 11 when he was the victim of a car accident. He was said to be sitting in his cruiser when he was rear ended by another vehicle.

It was reported that the early morning crash happened when a pickup driver fell asleep at the wheel. There were two passengers in the pickup along with the 35-year-old driver. While the passengers were not injured, the driver was said to have some type of arm injury. The Trooper did not fare as well. He suffered neck and back injuries and was taken to Boston Medical Center, though he has reportedly since been released.

Normally, when an individual is injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits apply. Though police are excluded from the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system, state law requires that they receive full pay while recovering from a work related injury. Fortunately for the injured officer, he has other potential remedies available to him.

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