Rockland is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts of approximately 17,000 inhabitants. In 1654, Timothy Hatherly was granted land that included what is now Rockland. First settled in 1712, after King Philip’s War, Rockland was originally part of Abington. Known for its timber and shipbuilding industry, Rockland was also a major shoe producer during the Civil War. After World War II, the town’s business revived through suburban development along Route 123.
For over 50 years, the Rockland personal injury attorneys at Sousa & Sousa have fought for the legal rights of victims injured by another’s negligence. “Negligence” refers to the breach of a legal duty owed by one party to another. Any person, group, or entity can breach a legal duty and become liable in damages to the injured party. In car accidents, for example, motorists breach their legal duty to others if they drive recklessly, and cause an accident that injures another person. When this happens, the parties at-fault can be held liable for any property damage or personal injury caused by their negligence. This can mean paying an 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. Invitees are workers, consumers, or other visitors on the premises for any legal purpose. This duty may require that the owner periodically check the premises for dangerous conditions and perform necessary repairs. Owners become liable when they fail to prevent or fix dangerous conditions on their property that injure invitees. Slip-and-fall accidents, exposure to toxic chemicals, and animal attacks are only a few examples of injuries caused by dangerous conditions on property. Owners who knowingly allow a dangerous condition to persist are liable to the injured party for any harm that results. Our premises liability attorneys fight to ensure that victims of dog bites, lead paint poisoning, construction and work accidents get compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Like other professionals, health care providers are also held to a high legal standard. Doctors and nurses breach their duty if they provide patients with substandard care. Negligent medical providers fall “below” the legal standard of care when they incorrectly diagnose an illness, prescribe the wrong course of treatment, or make a mistake during an operation that seriously injures the patient. Pharmacies are likewise negligent when they fail to properly counsel or dispense the right medication to patients. Pharmacies and prescribing physicians both have a duty to warn patients of dangerous drug interactions and potential side effects. Even slight errors in the dose, prescription, or combination of medications can be lethal. Patients are entitled to compensation for injuries caused by acts of medical malpractice or pharmacy negligence.
Manufacturers are in the best position to correct product defects and warn consumers of potential dangers. They are therefore liable when a defect in their product injures the user. Hundreds of consumer goods are recalled each year for safety reasons because their use causes accidents that hurt 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. They are entitled to damages for injuries resulting from flaws in the product’s manufacture, sale, or design. An experienced defective products lawyer will ensure that manufacturers and vendors are held liable and accountable for your harm.
If you or your family member has suffered an injury or wrongful death caused by the negligence of another, the experienced Rockland personal injury lawyers at Sousa & Sousa can help. For over 50 years, we have recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for injured victims and families throughout Massachusetts. At Sousa & Sousa, we understand that accidents are traumatic and are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our office is conveniently located at 45 Bristol Drive in Easton. We are just off Belmont Street (Route 123) on the Brockton/Easton line. For a free consultation or to set up an appointment, please call us today at (508) 230-5300 or contact us online.