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Boston personal injury attorney Marc L. Breakstone

Attorney Marc L. Breakstone was recently interviewed by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on the voir dire process.

Requiring attorneys to get pre-approval to question potential jurors is the “wrong approach,” Attorney Marc L. Breakstone said in a recent Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article.

Breakstone was commenting on a change to the rules for voir dire in Massachusetts. Judges were long responsible for questioning prospective jurors to determine if they could sit fair and impartial in Massachusetts courts. But in 2014, the Legislature approved the introduction of attorney-conducted voir dire. For the first time, attorneys were allowed to directly question prospective jurors.

Attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck in BostonThe Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) has announced it will honor Attorney David W. White with the MBA President’s Award at its May 4th Annual Dinner. The President’s Award is bestowed upon those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the MBA, to the preservation of MBA values, to the success of MBA initiatives and to the promotion of the MBA’s leadership role within the legal community of Massachusetts.

Attorney White is a past president of the MBA from 2007-2008. While serving as MBA president from 2007-08, White formed the Drug Policy Task Force, which made numerous recommendations for criminal sentencing reform and drug treatment in Massachusetts. He also led the Lawyers’ Eco-Challenge, encouraging law firms to fight global warming by changing their office energy use and recycling practices. He has been involved in several MBA section councils, educational programs and annual conferences.

Read the full announcement with comments from MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano on the MBA website: http://tinyurl.com/lkttt2d.

 

 

 

 

Attorney Marc L. Breakstone was quoted in a front-page Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article about common law liability for injuries caused by sidewalk defects. The current common-law standard dates back centuries and prohibits many plaintiffs from recovering compensation for injuries. But a recent Appeals Court ruling may have finally set the stage for change.

Attorney Breakstone welcomes the idea. “I think that the common law is a living body of principles that has to evolve as social conditions and the realities of life evolve,” he said.

20161128_sidewalkdefectEarlier this month, the Appeals Court ruled in the case of Halbach, et al. v. Normandy Real Estate Partners, et al., concurring that a Superior Court judge had correctly granted summary judgment to the defendant, 100 & 200 Clarendon LLC, which operated, leased and maintained the John Hancock Tower and a neighboring garage in Boston.

trio-300.jpgOur partners, Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck, have been selected to various 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers lists, for their work in the practice areas of personal injury and medical malpractice.

We are pleased to announce this honor. This is the 12th year in a row our attorneys have been selected to various Super Lawyers lists, a recognition of excellence. Super Lawyers, part of the Thomson Reuters company, makes annual selections using a multi-phase process of peer nominations, independent research and attorney evaluations. It only recognizes 5 percent of attorneys in each state.

The Massachusetts Super Lawyers lists are published online and in the November issue of Boston Magazine. You can also read more about our attorneys here:


Marc L. Breakstone

breakstone_150.jpgAttorney Breakstone was selected for these 2015 lists: Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney.

Attorney Breakstone has established a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He has been selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list for medical malpractice 12 years in a row, to the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list nine times and to the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers list four times.

A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Attorney Breakstone has been practicing in Boston since 1986. He has represented clients who have been seriously injured by negligence, including in cases of wrongful death, medical malpractice, bus and truck accidents and propane gas explosions. Read his bio.


Attorney David W. White

david-150-2.jpgAttorney White was selected for these 2015 lists: Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top Rated Personal Injury – Plaintiff Attorney.

Attorney White is a Northeastern University School of Law graduate and has 30 years of experience representing victims of personal injury and insurance bad faith cases in Massachusetts. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Attorney White has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list 12 years in a row. He has been included in the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list seven times. He has also been named to the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers list three times.

White represents clients who have been seriously injured by car accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability, construction accidents and other personal injury claims. Read his bio.


Attorney Ronald E. Gluck

gluck_150.jpgAttorney Gluck was named to these 2015 lists: Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney – Plaintiff Attorney and New England Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Attorney – Plaintiff Attorney.

Attorney Gluck has consistently been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list each year since 2005. He is a graduate of Boston College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Over his career, he has represented clients who have been seriously injured in complex cases involving wrongful death, car and trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, liquor liability and product liability.

After 9-11, he represented victims of the World Trade Center attacks. He has also served as an expert witness on behalf of the United States Justice Department. Read his bio.


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As State Police investigate a weekend hit-and-run car crash in Foxborough, attorney Marc L. Breakstone spoke on behalf of his clients who were injured. Breakstone told The Boston Globe there is “overwhelming evidence” that his clients’ vehicle was struck by the Mercedes-Benz Mabach registered to ex-New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Breakstone, a personal injury attorney at Breakstone, White & Gluck in Boston, is representing the Billerica family who was struck in the early Sunday morning crash. The parents and child were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their Nissan Murano was struck suddenly.

Breakstone said the car that struck his clients was likely traveling at least 80 to 85 miles per hour and that his clients never saw any headlights.

“It is an extraordinary act of negligence for one vehicle to strike another vehicle that’s traveling 60 miles an hour on the highway,” Breakstone told the Globe. “I suspect that whatever that driver was under the influence of is the reason that the driver left the scene.”

Around the same time, State Police were notified the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Maybach registered to Spikes had been abandoned nearby in the median strip of Interstate 495 in Foxborough. A Mercedes roadside assistance service operator contacted State Police, telling them the driver of the vehicle reported hitting a deer.

State Police say the investigation is ongoing and they have not established who was driving the Mercedes-Benz Maybach or whether the Maybach hit the other car.

Spikes was released by the Patriots on Monday. He played for the Patriots from 2010 through 2013, then joined the Buffalo Bills for the 2014 season. He had recently returned to the Patriots on a one-year deal which would have been worth up to $2 million.

Breakstone told the Globe his clients are working to move past the hit-and-run accident.

“They want their normal lives back,” he said. “They want their good health and their comfortable state of mind. … They’re alarmed, first, that they could have been killed. They’re alarmed that it may have been an NFL player behind the wheel, and they would just [prefer to] not be in the spotlight and just have a return to normalcy.”

Related Coverage:
Accident Blindsided Family, Lawyer Says, The Boston Herald.

Patriots release Brandon Spikes amid crash investigation, WCVB.

Police probing whether ex-Patriots linebacker Spikes’ car hit Billerica family’s, The Lowell Sun.

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Baby boomers are taking to the open road on motorcycles at greater rates than ever before and as they do, their personal injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcyle accidents are increasing.

The American Motorcyclist Association reports its average membership age is now 48. The Motorcycle Industry Council trade association, meanwhile, reports the average age of all motorcycle owners increased from 33 to 40 years old between 1998 and 2003.

motorcycle rider.jpgThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports the rate of motorcycle-related deaths and injuries in the state for riders between 55 and 64 quadrupled between 1998 and 2007.  Additionally, although nationally there was a decline in motorcycle related fatalities regardless of age, Massachusetts experienced an increase in fatal motorcycle crashes.

The state Department of Public Health is not the only one to notice a correlation between age and severity of injury.  Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently found that motorcyclists over the age of 40 sustained more serious personal injuries, spent more time in the hospital, and were up to twice as likely to die from a motorcycle accident than riders under 40.

Dr. Mark Gestring, the lead author of the study and director of the trauma center, noticed older riders and more severe injuries in the emergency room.  His research team examined records in the National Trauma Databank and noted several disturbing trends:

  • Riders over 40 were 5% more likely than riders under 40 to require hospitalization in the intensive care unit.
  • Riders over 40 were more likely to suffer complications such as blood clots, pneumonia, or infections.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found a 145% increase from 2000 to 2006 in death rates for motorcyclists over 65.

Doctors report that there are several factors accounting for the increased severity and fatality of injuries sustained by older riders.  First, older riders have less resilient skin, bones and blood vessels and cannot handle as much physical trauma as their younger counterparts.  Additionally, older riders come into the hospital with more preexisting heath problems and take more medications that can complicate injuries.

For more information, read this recent Boston Globe article about aging motorcyclists in Massachusetts.
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As Toyota suspends sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 amid motor vehicle safety questions, concerned drivers can find relief by requesting a loaner sports utility vehicle.

Toyota – already forced recently to recall 2.3 million vehicles over motor vehicle safety defects – halted sales this week after Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk,” warning because tests revealed handling problems with the electronic stability control. The magazine is concerned about potential motor vehicle accidents and motor vehicle rollovers. No motor vehicle accidents involving personal injuries or deaths have been reported, but the magazine’s “don’t buy” warning is its first in nearly a decade for a motor vehicle.

“Drivers are facing an extraordinary number of recalls, mostly from Toyota,” said Boston personal injury attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck. “Massachusetts residents should immediately seek repairs or loaner vehicles to protect themselves, their families, and other drivers.”