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From left to right, our partners: Ronald E. Gluck, Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White. Breakstone, White & Gluck recently received two tier 1 rankings in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings. Our three partners were recognized this year individually in the annual Best Lawyers rankings in August. Our associate, Reza Breakstone, was also recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list.

It is our pleasure to announce that Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston has received two Tier 1 rankings from the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 edition of “Best Law Firms.” The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in the specialty of personal injury litigation for plaintiffs in Boston. The firm also received a Tier 1 ranking in medical malpractice law for plaintiffs in Boston.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers compiles the “Best Law Firms” rankings annually to recognize firms for professional excellence and consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. A firm must have at least one attorney recognized on The Best Lawyers of America list to be eligible for a “Best Law Firms” ranking. All three of our partners – Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck – have been individually recognized, including by the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which was announced in August 2020.

Firms are recognized based on a rigorous evaluation process, including a collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in a field and review of additional information law firms submit may submit for consideration. Awards are given in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan practice areas.

Recognized firms received a tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3 rating. Breakstone, White & Gluck received Tier 1 rankings in personal injury and medical malpractice and these reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading leaders and clients in local communities and practice areas.

Attorney Marc L. Breakstone was recognized by Best Lawyers in August in medical malpractice law – plaintiffs, personal injury litigation – plaintiffs and professional malpractice law – plaintiffs.

Attorney David W. White was recognized by Best Lawyers in personal injury – personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, insurance law and medical malpractice law – plaintiffs.

Attorney Ronald E. Gluck was recognized by Best Lawyers in personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.

Attorney Reza Breakstone was recognized by Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2021) in medical malpractice law – plaintiffs.

More Recognition for Breakstone, White & Gluck

Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston offers our clients more than 100 years combined experience in the handling of personal injury and medical malpractice cases. We are proud of our consistently strong results and to have achieved a high level of satisfaction from our clients. We invite you to read some of our client reviews or our case results in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and car accidents.

Breakstone, White & Gluck been consistently recognized for our attorneys’ results for clients. Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms have mentioned our firm name in at least one practice area each year since 2011.

In addition, for the 17th year, our lawyers were recently selected to the annual Massachusetts Super Lawyers lists, as top rated Boston personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers. Breakstone, White & Gluck also earned a spot on the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list and has received past rankings on Top 100 New England Super Lawyers. The Top 100 lists are notable because they draw from attorneys across all practice areas, not just our firm’s specialties.

Our attorneys also maintain an AV rating – the highest rating for legal abilities and professional standards from Martindale-Hubbell.

Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers – Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, learn your legal rights. For a free legal consultation, contact our attorneys at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.

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For consistently strong results for clients, Breakstone, White & Gluck and our attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 Super Lawyers rankings, including on the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.

We are pleased to share this announcement with our clients, colleagues and friends. This is the 17th year our attorneys have been recognized as top-rated lawyers for plaintiffs in Massachusetts personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

Attorneys Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck founded our law firm 28 years ago in Boston. Each of our partners has 35 years or more of individual experience. All of our partners are committed to prompt investigation and aggressive representation for our clients, and reaching the best possible result. Our attorneys have successfully defended verdicts through the appeals stage and at the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in Massachusetts.

As a firm, we have deep experience in representing those injured in car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Clients and their families turn to us after serious and fatal construction site accidents and gas explosions caused by negligence as well as in cases involving premises liability and property owner neglect, including dog bites, slip and fall accidents and catastrophic injuries resulting in brain injuries, paralysis and spinal cord injuries.

Marc L. BreakstoneMarc L. Breakstone specializes in representing plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. For 2020, he has received recognition on two lists: Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers (all practice areas) and as a Top-Rated Boston Super Lawyer in medical malpractice.

This is the 13th year that Attorney Breakstone has been recognized on the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. He has been recognized pm the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers list 7 times, most recently in 2018 and 2019.

DW-250David W. White has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list, recognized as a top-rated personal injury attorney in Boston. A past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Attorney White has previously been selected to the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers 7 times and to the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers on 3 occasions.

Ronald E. GluckRonald E. Gluck has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list, recognized as a top-rated personal injury attorney in Boston. Attorney Gluck has received Super Lawyers recognition each year since 2005. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. With his extensive experience representing cyclists and pedestrians injured in truck accidents, Attorney Gluck has collaborated with the Charles River Wheelers in 2020, writing The Gluck Legal Takeaway, a series of safety articles for cyclists.

Super Lawyers is a rating service which recognizes outstanding lawyers in Massachusetts and other states. Selections are made using a multiphase process, including a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research and evaluation and peer reviews from within a practice area.

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Marc L. Breakstone

David W. White

Ronald E. Gluck

Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers

Breakstone, White & Gluck represents those injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of others in Massachusetts. If you have been injured, learn your legal rights. For a free consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.

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From left: Attorney Ronald E. Gluck, Attorney Marc L. Breakstone and Attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck, a Boston law firm specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice.

From left: Attorney Ronald E. Gluck, Attorney Marc L. Breakstone and Attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck. Our Boston law firm specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice representation for plaintiffs.

Breakstone, White & Gluck today announces that Attorney Marc L. Breakstone, Attorney David W. White and Attorney Ronald E. Gluck have earned rankings in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. This marks the 10th year our personal injury attorneys have been recognized for our results for clients in the Boston area.

Best Lawyers© is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world, publishing its attorney listings in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and other media partners. The rankings are intended to help those who need legal services identify highly respected attorneys.

Best Lawyers© recognizes lawyers through a peer-review process. Members of the public, clients and other attorneys first provide nominations. Attorneys are then asked to evaluate other attorneys on their legal abilities in their practice areas.

Marc L. Breakstone was selected for recognition in the specialties of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

David W. White was selected for recognition in the specialties of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

Ronald E. Gluck was selected for recognition in the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

About Breakstone, White & Gluck

Founded in 1992, Breakstone, White & Gluck has earned a reputation for superb results for our clients.  With more than 100 years combined experience, our attorneys have won leading verdicts and settlements in negligence, medical malpractice, product liability and construction accident cases. We represent clients in Boston, Cambridge and surrounding communities, and across Massachusetts.

Recognition
Attorney Breakstone, Attorney White and Attorney Gluck have been consistently recognized individually and as a firm. For the past 15 years, Super Lawyers has featured our attorneys in its annual rankings published in Boston Magazine. Our attorneys have also received selection to the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers and the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Personal Injury Experience

Breakstone, White & Gluck is committed to assisting individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death as a result of someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys provide representation after injuries arising from motor vehicle accidents, transportation accidents, construction accidents, premises liability accidents, defective products and dog bites, along with other injuries. Our partners have practiced together for nearly 30 years – and each has more than 35 years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Massachusetts.

Read about our personal injury case results for clients.

Car Accidents and Transportation Accidents

Car accidents are one area of our expertise. Breakstone, White & Gluck represents those injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle crashes and large truck collisions. Our attorneys are highly experienced in investigating cases involving drunk driving injuries and time and again, have held drivers, restaurants and bars responsible for the injuries they have caused. Our car accident case results for clients.

The firm offers special expertise in handling cases involving pedestrian injuries in MBTA bus accidents and subway accidents. Our MBTA bus accident case results for clients.

Medical Malpractice Experience

Breakstone, White & Gluck has represented hundreds of clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical malpractice, at the doctor’s office, hospital, nursing home or in an ambulance. When medical malpractice leads to death, we represent families who have lost loved ones in wrongful death claims, pursuing answers about what happened, then obtaining compensation to help cope with emotional, physical and financial losses. Our attorneys’ medical malpractice awards for clients.

Construction Accident Experience

Our attorneys are known for their thorough and skilled investigation of construction accidents as well as our aggressive pursuit of the best financial reward for our clients and their families. When accidents happen, construction companies sometimes maneuver to limit or avoid financial responsibility. Our attorneys have stopped companies from taking these deceptive steps to protect the best interests our clients. Read about our work, including our $7.5 million settlement for the victim of a fatal propane gas explosion on a condo construction site and our $1.375 million settlement for a family who lost a son in a crane collapse.

Boston Personal Injury Lawyers – Free Legal Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured, learn your legal rights for seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck today at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form. You can also learn more about our work from our past clients.

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Boston personal injury lawyers Breakstone, White & Gluck

Left to right: Attorney Ronald E. Gluck, Attorney Marc L. Breakstone and Attorney David W. White have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Breakstone, White & Gluck announces that our partners have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers© is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world, providing a resource for those searching for legal services for more than 30 years. It ranks lawyers in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and other media partners.

Best Lawyers© compiles its annual list of attorneys based on a peer-review process. Nominations can be submitted online by members of the public, clients and other attorneys. But attorneys alone provide evaluations. Nearly 87,000 lawyers around the world are eligible to participate. For the ninth year, lawyers in the Boston region chose to rank Breakstone, White & Gluck. Our rankings:

Doctor and patient in medical office

Patients should be aware of medical errors at Rhode Island and Massachusetts hospitals before they book their next procedure.

When you visit a hospital, you expect to be treated, then leave on your way to recovery. But two recent stories out of Massachusetts and Rhode Island should raise concern among patients. As medical malpractice lawyers, we hear about these stories too often, but the general public is not always informed.

When you book your next medical appointment or surgery, we urge to remember that any type of medical treatment is serious. Please take time to ask questions, even if you have to make an extra appointment with your doctor.

Breakstone, White & Gluck is pleased to announce that Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck have been selected to the 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Our attorneys were recognized for their work for clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. We are proud to share this news. It marks the 14th year they have been selected to the list, which only recognizes the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state.

The Super Lawyers selection process evaluates attorneys based on 12 areas, including verdicts and settlements, experience, honors and awards, bar and professional activity, pro bono and community service and other achievements. The selection process includes input from the Super Lawyers research department and peer review from other attorneys.

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marcbreakstone_125.jpgIt has been two years since Massachusetts implemented sweeping medical malpractice reform, which imposed new restrictions on plaintiffs and attorneys and forced them to wait out a “cooling-off” period before filing claims.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recently interviewed some of Boston’s leading medical malpractice lawyers on the law and how it has changed their work. They shared criticism but acknowledged there have been a few benefits. Attorney Marc Breakstone of Breakstone, White & Gluck was interviewed. The article appeared in this week’s edition.

Under changes made to G.L. c. 231 §60L, plaintiffs became required to provide defendants with notice of intent to sue, then wait 150 days before filing a claim in court. This is meant to provide doctors and patients time to resolve a matter outside of court. During this time, doctors are now allowed to make apologies for medical mistakes. This has been one of the most controversial parts of the legislation. But these apologies are not admissible if a claim proceeds to court, unless a doctor makes a contradictory statement under oath.

While the legislation has brought challenges, Breakstone said doctors now have a space to explain to patients what happened during their care. Even if a doctor offers no apology, patients are often satisfied merely to receive an explanation of what happened and expressions of regret, he said.

“It is the betrayal that drives clients to lawyers in many cases,” said the Breakstone, White & Gluck partner. “And under the new statute that encourages disclosure, transparency and apology, I surmise there is less feeling of betrayal.”

Another change is some plaintiff’s attorneys are now sending their initial letters of notice to sue with letters from experts laying out their case.

Breakstone said that is because most lawyers will not accept a case until they can get that letter, and they are happy to provide it at the outset since the statute provides a structure for “systematic information exchange.”

“Before the statute … I would not even bother to put a potential defendant on notice of the claim,” he said. “I would just file the claim. To the extent this statute provides for forced exchange of information, one could say that’s a benefit.”

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We are pleased to announce our attorneys have been selected as Super Lawyers for 2014. This is the 11th year they have been recognized as among the best in Massachusetts and New England.

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Our partners, Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck, have been selected to various lists, including the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, New England Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Our associate, Samuel A. Segal, has been selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, for the second consecutive year.

Super Lawyers is a national rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The top 5 percent of attorneys in each state are selected. The Super Lawyers list will be published in November’s edition of Boston Magazine.


Attorney Marc Breakstone was selected for the following 2014 Super Lawyers honors:

  • Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice
  • New England Super Lawyers, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice

marcbreakstone_125.jpgBreakstone has also been named a Top 100 New England Super Lawyer four times, in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. It is the eighth year he has been recognized to the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and his 11th year as a Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyer in the category of plaintiff’s medical malpractice.

Breakstone has established a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. For over 25 years, he has represented clients who have been seriously injured by negligence in cases involving wrongful death, construction accidents, gas explosions and transportation and truck accidents. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.


Attorney David W. White was selected for the following 2014 Super Lawyers honors:

  • Top 100 New England Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Personal Injury General Plaintiff

david-150-2.jpgWhite, a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, has been named to the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers list three times and the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list six times. He has been recognized on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list in the personal injury category for 11 years.

White has practiced law in Boston for over 25 years and specializes in personal injury cases, representing clients seriously injured in bicycle accidents, car accidents, construction accidents and those injured in product liability and premises liability cases. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.


Attorney Ronald E. Gluck has been selected for the following 2014 Super Lawyers honors:

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Personal Injury General Plaintiff
  • New England Super Lawyers, Personal Injury General Plaintiff

gluck_150.jpgGluck, who represented victims of the 9-11 attacks, has been selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list for 10 years and New England Super Lawyers for 8 years. He has represented seriously injured clients for over 30 years in cases involving wrongful death, car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, liquor liability, premises liability and product liability. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Attorney Samuel A. Segal has been selected for the following 2014 Super Lawyers honors:

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2014
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013

sam-125.jpgSegal handles personal injury cases in all areas of the firm’s practice, including medical malpractice, premises liability, car accidents and construction accident claims. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. The Rising Stars list recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state who are either 40 years old or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.

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doctor-patient-2014.jpgDespite years of patient safety initiatives, reports of serious medical errors at Massachusetts hospitals are rising rapidly.

In 2013, Massachusetts acute-care hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries, according to The Boston Globe. This was an alarming 70 percent increase from the previous year. Other hospitals, including those providing psychiatric and rehabilitative care, saw a 60 percent increase from 2012.

Some say the reason may be broader reporting requirements from the state. Since 2008, hospitals have been required to notify the state Department of Public Health about serious reportable events. In addition, the Department of Public Health now has a computerized system for reporting, a change from when medical errors were reported by fax.

In the past, hospitals had to report incidents which left a patient with a “serious disability.”
In 2012, the term became “serious injury” and it has new categories, including if a patient dies or suffers serious injury if a medical professional fails to communicate test results.

State officials say the new requirements have been fully implemented. That means the conversation should move on to safety and preventing medical malpractice.

There were very serious injuries reported in 2013 and these are the areas which saw the largest increases:

  • Patients who underwent a procedure on the wrong body part
  • Patients who were burned in an operative room fire or by a heating pack
  • Patients who were exposed to contaminated drugs or improperly sterilized equipment

Massachusetts is working to reform medical malpractice along with many other states and the federal government. In 2012, the state passed a health care cost containment bill. The goal of the bill was to save the state $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years. Measures included $135 million in grants to help community hospitals adopt electronic medical records and a 182-day cooling off period for injured patients to negotiate out-of-court with hospitals and physicians.

A few months earlier, some Massachusetts hospitals had also joined a plan which would allow doctors to apologize to patients for medical errors and work to settle malpractice claims out of court. It was based on a model developed by the University of Michigan Health System which was credited with reducing the number of lawsuits.

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syringe-150.jpgAuthorities have arrested a former New Hampshire hospital technician accused of infecting over 30 people with hepatitis C by injecting himself with syringes which were later used to treat patients.

David M. Kwiatkowski, 33, was a traveling technician who worked at Exeter Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab from April 2011 through May 2012, when he was fired. He is accused of stealing syringes containing fentanyl from the lab, injecting himself and refilling the tubes with a liquid such as saline. Patients were then treated with the syringes.

Kwiatkowski told authorities he learned he had hepatitis C in May 2012, but further investigation showed he tested positive for the infection back in June 2010.

Kwiatkowski was arrested Thursday at an undisclosed Massachusetts hospital where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed condition. He told authorities he has not taken drugs and a syringe found in his vehicle with a fentanyl label did not belong to him.

When Kwiatkowski is discharged, he will return to New Hampshire to face federal drug charges.

Hundreds of Exeter Hospital patients have been tested over the past few months and more are being notified. So far, 31 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection which can cause liver disease and long-term health problems.

Two dozen lawsuits have been filed against the hospital for medical malpractice. A New Hampshire medical malpractice attorney is also representing 90 individuals for a possible class-action lawsuit which would allege medical malpractice and negligent supervision on the part of hospital.

The potential medical malpractice plaintiffs include 30 individuals who still do not know whether they have hepatitis C and another 30 or 40 who tested negative. These individuals have been told they must undergo periodic future testing, take medications for side effects and may not be intimate with their partners.

Kwiatkowski is a “serial infector,” said U.S. Attorney John Kacavas in comments reported by the Associated Press. He worked in hospitals in at least six other states and authorities are investigating whether he infected more patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received similar reports of 13 hepatitis C outbreaks at medical facilities between 2008 and 2011, though state and federal authorities have no reporting requirement. At least two of the medical negligence cases have resulted in criminal charges.

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