Norton is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts of approximately 19,000 inhabitants. First settled in 1669, the town was originally part of the Taunton North Purchase. As a result of the long distances families had to travel to attend church services in Taunton, the settlers created their own precinct, which was incorporated in 1711. Today, Norton maintains its composition of unique villages that developed to meet the needs of evolving industries in the 18th century.
For over 50 years, the Norton personal injury attorneys at Sousa & Sousa have fight for the rights of victims injured by negligence. “Negligence” simply refers to the breach of a legal duty owed by one party to another. Any person, group, or entity can breach a legal duty, from drivers and doctors to landlords and businesses. In car accidents, for example, motorists breach their duty to others when they drive recklessly, and cause an accident that injures others. When this happens, at-fault parties become liable for any property damage or personal injury caused by their negligence. This can mean paying the injured party’s medical expenses, lost income, and other costs. Even if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, uninsured motorist benefits may still be available from your own insurer. Sousa & Sousa has obtained relief for thousands of victims injured in car, boat, and motorcycle accidents.
Property and business owners have a legal duty to protect invitees from unreasonable harm. This may require periodically checking their premises for dangerous conditions and performing needed repairs. Owners become liable when they fail to prevent or fix a dangerous condition that injures an invitee on their property. Invitees can include workers, consumers, or other visitors who are on the premises for any legal purpose. Slip-and-fall accidents, exposure to toxic chemicals, and animal attacks are only a few examples of injuries caused by dangerous conditions on property. Landowners who knowingly allow a dangerous condition to persist are liable to people injured for any harm that results. Our premises liability attorneys fight to ensure that victims of dog bites, lead paint poisoning, construction and work accidents obtain compensation for their harm.
Like other professionals, health care providers are also held to a high legal standard. Doctors and nurses breach their duty to patients by providing substandard care. Any negligent conduct can fall “below” the legal standard of care, from giving a patient the wrong diagnosis or treatment, to performing a botched surgery. Pharmacies may also be negligent if they fail to counsel or dispense to patients the proper medication. Pharmacies and prescribing physicians have a duty to warn patients about dangerous drug interactions or side effects. Even slight errors in filling a patient’s prescription, combining medications that shouldn’t be taken together, or incorrectly dosing prescriptions can be lethal. Patients are entitled to recover compensation for injuries caused by acts of medical malpractice or pharmacy negligence.
Manufacturers are liable when a defect in their product injures the user. Hundreds of consumer goods are recalled each year for safety issues because their use can cause accidents that harm buyers. Even distributors can breach the implied warranty of merchantability by leasing or selling a defective product that severely injures the consumer. Buyers may sue for harm caused by any intended or “foreseeable” use of the product and are entitled to damages for injuries resulting from flaws in the product’s manufacture, sale, or design. An experienced defective product lawyer will ensure that manufacturers and vendors are held liable for your harm.
If your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, the experienced Norton personal injury attorneys at Sousa & Sousa can help. For over 50 years, we have successfully represented injured victims in Brockton, Taunton, and other areas of Massachusetts. At Sousa & Sousa, we understand that accidents are traumatic and are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Downtown Taunton on 14 Taunton Green (508) 823-6111 and on the Brockton/Easton line at 45 Bristol Drive. For a free consultation or to set up an appointment, please call us today at (508) 230-5300 or contact us online.