Sharon is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts of approximately 18,000 inhabitants. First established as the second precinct of Stoughton in 1740, Sharon was prized by the Native Americans for its abundance of fish and game before it was settled by the British in 1637. The townspeople of Sharon made cannonballs for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Today, Sharon prides itself on the beauty and diversity of its community.
For over 50 years, the Sharon personal injury attorneys at Sousa & Sousa have advocated for the rights of victims injured by negligence. “Negligence” is the breach of a legal duty that one party owes 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 when they drive recklessly and cause an accident that injures another. When this happens, the parties at-fault become liable and responsible for any property damage or personal injury that they caused because of their negligence. This can mean paying an injured party’s medical expenses, lost income from work, and other costs. Even if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, you are still entitled to uninsured motorist benefits from your own insurer. Sousa & Sousa has obtained relief for thousands of victims injured in car, boat, and motorcycle accidents.
Property and business owners also 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 means that owners need to periodically inspect their premises for dangerous conditions and perform necessary repairs. Owners become liable if they fail to prevent or fix dangerous conditions that injure invitees on their property. 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 and responsible 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 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 when they provide them 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 can also be held 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 for a patient can be lethal. Patients are entitled to compensation for injuries caused by acts of medical malpractice or pharmacy negligence.
Because manufacturers are in the best position to correct product defects and warn consumers of potential dangers, they become liable when a defect in their product injures the user. Hundreds of consumer goods are recalled each year for safety reasons because their use can cause accidents that hurt buyers. Even distributors can breach the implied warranty of merchantability by leasing or selling a defective product that severely injures a consumer. Buyers may sue for harm caused by any intended or “foreseeable” use of the product. People who are injured by such products are entitled to recover 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 for your harm.
If you or your family member has suffered an injury or wrongful death caused by the negligence of another, the experienced Sharon personal injury lawyers at Sousa & Sousa can help. For over 50 years, we have successfully handled all types of personal injury cases, recovering substantial verdicts and settlements for injured victims and families across Massachusetts. At Sousa & Sousa, we provide the highest quality legal representation 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 at (508) 230-5300 or contact us online.