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Pedestrians and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

By on November 9, 2018

One of the more confusing parts of motor vehicle insurance is Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist coverage under Parts 3 and 12 of the standard Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Policy, now in its seventh edition. Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and Underinsured coverage (UIM) act as personal accident insurance for the named insured and household members if they […]

Motorcycle Accident Health Costs & Insurance

By on November 9, 2018

Recognizing the individual and societal costs of motorcycle accidents, in a 1972 decision – subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of a Massachusetts motorcycle helmet law, the Federal District Court for Massachusetts said: “While we agree with plaintiff that the act’s only realistic purpose is the prevention of head injuries incurred […]

When The Clock Runs Out: The Federal Tort Claims Act

By on January 31, 2018

The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) is the exclusive remedy for tort actions against the United States.  Such actions include personal injury and medical malpractice claims caused by the negligence of Federal employees. Like the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act (MTCA), discussed in the April 2017 issue of Legal News, the FTCA abrogates traditional sovereign immunity […]