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Breakstone, White & Gluck's Project KidSafe campaign

Breakstone, White & Gluck donated bike helmets to support the International Institute of New England and Bikes Not Bombs as they work to collect bikes for Afghan refugees.

Breakstone, White & Gluck was pleased to donate 60 bicycle helmets to support the International Institute of New England (IINE) and community groups as they give Afghan refugees bikes for transportation.

IINE has been working with many companies, organizations and individuals to help Afghan refugees resettle in the Boston area. IINE and Bikes Not Bombs in Jamaica Plain are now seeking donations of used adult bicycles (in good or repairable condition). Bikes Not Bombs and other volunteers will conduct safety checks and make minor repairs before bikes are distributed to those in need.

Each bike will be given away with a helmet, lock, light, and bike safety literature. Bikes Not Bombs will donate free bike lights and provide discounted bike locks while Breakstone, White & Gluck has donated a supply of helmets. MassBike helped IINE prepare the bike literature in the Dari and Pashtu languages. Others, such as Rozzie Bikes and Temple Emmanuel of Newton, have also been involved or have expressed interest in collecting bikes or supporting the effort, IINE’s volunteer coordinator said. The organization is not sure how many bikes they will need or ultimately give away over the next few months.

According to Bikes Not Bombs and IINE, hundreds of refugees have arrived since the fall of Afghanistan and are in need of assistance to be mobile in their communities, to access various resources, and to commute to work — all vital first steps towards self-sufficiency.

“Breakstone, White & Gluck is happy to provide bike helmets to families who are making new lives in America after having recently escaped from Afghanistan,” said Attorney Ron Gluck of Breakstone, White & Gluck. “We hope that these families enjoy safe riding and have a peaceful transition to their new surroundings in the Boston area.”

“The refugees have a real need for bicycles,” said Alan Wright of Rozzie Bikes, who is repairing bikes along with Bikes Not Bombs. “Transportation is a big barrier. In the first few months, the refugees have to get to doctor’s appointments, go out and do groceries and attend English as a Second Language classes. Then they need to find work. And it can take six months to get a driver’s license.”

Bikes Not Bombs and IINE are collecting adult bikes which are in good or repairable condition. If you are interested in donating a bike, please fill out the IINE’s form: https://iine.wufoo.com/forms/z6cvn5q0go3y5q/.

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Breakstone, White & Gluck partners

From left: Ronald E. Gluck, Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White.

We are pleased to announce that Breakstone, White & Gluck has received the highest rankings among Boston personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the 12th annual edition of “Best Law Firms” on Nov. 4th, recognizing our firm with Tier 1 rankings in personal injury law – plaintiffs and medical malpractice law – litigation in the Boston Metropolitan region.

According to the publishers, a tiered ranking reflects a firm has earned the highest level of respect and ratings from clients and other local attorneys. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process which includes client and lawyer evaluations along with peer review from other leading attorneys in the Boston area.

To be considered for “Best Law Firms,” at least one attorney at a firm must also be recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, which released its 2022 rankings in August. This marks the 12th year our attorneys have earned individual rankings.

Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck have been recognized across these specialties:

  • Personal injury law – plaintiffs
  • Medical malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Professional malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Insurance law

Reza Breakstone has been named to the Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in the following specialties:

  • Personal injury law – plaintiffs
  • Medical malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Professional malpractice law – plaintiffs

Read about our attorneys:

Mark L. Breakstone
Marc has established a reputation as one of the top personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and has represented serious injured clients for more than 30 years in Boston. His settlements and verdicts for clients include a $10.2 million settlement for a young child injured by ambulance negligence, $7.5 million for the wrongful death of a worker in a propane gas explosion and $7.1 million for a woman who was struck by an MBTA bus in a crosswalk.

David W. White
David has been recognized among the top personal injury and insurance bad faith lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He has distinguished himself for his advocacy among clients and his leadership among Massachusetts lawyers as a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. David is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and his settlements and awards for clients include $4.35 million for a worker who suffered a serious construction accident fall and $2.5 million for his client who suffered severe burns as a result of a homeowner’s negligent use of a fire pit

Ronald E. Gluck
Ron is an accomplished trial lawyer who is highly respected by colleagues as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His verdicts and awards for clients include $3.75 million for a motorcyclist injured by a driver’s negligence and $2.5 million for a driver who suffered spinal injuries in a truck accident.

 

Reza Breakstone
Reza has been recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Boston in the Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars rankings. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northeastern University School of Law. He represents clients in all areas of our personal injury practice, contributing to some of our firm’s most significant settlements and verdicts for clients over the past six years.

Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers

With more than 100 years combined experience, Breakstone, White & Gluck is known for our results for clients who have been seriously injured or killed by negligence across Massachusetts. We specialize in the handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including when negligence results in car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian crosswalk accidents, traumatic brain injury or construction accidents. Our firm offers extensive experience in representing clients injured by bus accidents and commercial truck crashes caused by driver negligence.

If you have been injured, learn your legal rights before making any decisions. For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.

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Green Line crash resulting in serious injuries in Boston area

Breakstone, White & Gluck represented a passenger who survived the Green Line D branch crash in Newton on May 28, 2008.

Boston travelers are taking a deep breath after several dangerous incidents on the MBTA.

If you have been injured on the MBTA or another common carrier, these injury claims are distinct from other negligence claims. Common carriers owe their passengers the “highest degree of care,” a higher duty than other drivers or private carriers.

MBTA accidents are highly traumatic for everyone on board. If you have been injured, promptly consult a lawyer experienced in investigating MBTA crashes, derailments and other transportation accidents. As police and safety agencies investigate, a MBTA accident lawyer can launch an independent investigation and help you obtain coverage for medical care while protecting your legal rights.

What is a Common Carrier?

A common carrier holds itself out as willing to provide transportation services to the public for a fee. Common carriers may include the MBTA, train companies, airlines, regional transportation agencies, privately-owned bus companies or limo services.

Common carriers owe passengers the “highest degree of care” because passengers have little control over the operation of their transport, the actions of the employees, the conduct of the business and their own safety. Holton v. Boston Elevated Ry., 303 Mass. 242, 244, 21 N.E.2d 251 (1939).

Common law recognizes both common carriers and private carriers. A private carrier offers transportation services by special arrangement or contract. When someone is injured on a private carrier, such as a friend’s car, the ordinary rules of negligence apply, not the heightened duty of care that applies to common carriers. Houle v. Lewonis, 245 Mass. 254, 255, 140 N.E. 427 (1923).

Passengers Suffer Injuries on Green Line Crash on July 30, 2021

In addition to local and state police, the National Transportation Safety Board has the authority to investigate accidents involving common carriers.

In Boston, authorities have been investigating the Green Line trolley crash which injured 27 people, including 4 train operators, along Commonwealth Avenue on July 30, 2021. A 50-year-old train operator is accused of driving 31 mph – three times the speed limit – and then running into another train (Source: NBC Boston). The MBTA has reportedly placed the operator on unpaid leave, as he faces charges.

On Oct. 6, 2021, the MBTA operator was arraigned in Brighton District Court on charges of gross negligence of a person in control of a train and gross negligence of a person having care of a common carrier.

Common carriers can be held liable when their employees act in an unsafe manner and put the public at risk for injury. The MBTA has a responsibility to hire employees who are qualified to operate large vehicles, and is also responsible for providing proper supervision.

There are questions about the driver’s experience prior to the July 30th crash. WCVB reports the driver had been suspended by the MBTA at least six times over seven years!

Troubling History of Green Line Crashes in Boston

Over the past 15 years, MBTA trolley operators have caused many serious crashes and injuries in Boston. Breakstone, White & Gluck represented a survivor of the May 28th, 2008 Green Line crash on the D branch in Newton. The Green Line operator died in this crash. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the cause was both operator error and lack of automated systems, according to WBUR, “NTSB Faults T Safety Systems in Deadly Trolley Crash,” July 15, 2009.

Then on May 8, 2009, a Green Line operator was texting his girlfriend and crashed between Government Center and Park Street, injuring 50 passengers. The crash caused nearly $10 million in damage to three trolley cars, according to news reports.

While prosecutors sought jail time, the 24-year-old ultimately pleaded guilty to negligence and was sentenced to serve two years of probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

The Green Line derailments and crashes have continued. In 2019, The Boston Globe reported the MBTA had seen 43 train derailments over a five-year period, the second-worst safety record in the country.

The Globe reported this in the wake of June 8, 2019, when a Green Line derailed between the Kenmore and Fenway stops. The train went off the tracks around 11 a.m. on a busy Saturday. The Red Sox were just about to open a double-header against the Tampa Rays at Fenway Park. Eleven people were injured and 600 riders were displaced.

The MBTA placed the operator – who was among the injured – on leave pending an investigation. The MBTA initially cited operator error as the likely cause, according to the Boston Herald.

Consult a MBTA Accident Lawyer – Free Legal Consultation

Breakstone, White & Gluck has extensive experience representing those injured by the MBTA and other common carriers. We have successfully recovered multi-million awards for clients injured in major transportation accidents, including Green Line subway crashes and bus accidents. Read more about our results for clients injured in MBTA crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured by negligence, learn your legal rights. For a free legal consultation with our attorneys, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.

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Breakstone, White & Gluck partners

From left: Ronald E. Gluck, Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White.

We are pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Reza Breakstone was recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch rankings. The rankings were released on August 19th.

Our attorneys were recognized among the top-ranked Boston lawyers in four specialties: personal injury law, medical malpractice law, professional malpractice and insurance law. This is the 12th consecutive year our attorneys have been featured in The Best Lawyers in America. This is the second year Attorney Reza Breakstone has been included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, now in its second edition.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America highlights the professional excellence, experience and achievements of lawyers across the U.S. What makes the ratings so valuable is the peer-review process. Attorneys are selected based on feedback from other lawyers who are familiar with their experience and results for clients. This year, Best Lawyers rated lawyers across 147 practice areas, with more than 10.8 million evaluations analyzed in the United States. Approximately 5 percent of attorneys in private practice in the U.S. were selected.

Best Lawyers publishes its rankings annually in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and other leading local, regional and national publications.


Recognition for Breakstone, White & Gluck


Attorney Marc L. Breakstone – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

Marc L. Breakstone

Marc L. Breakstone

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

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Attorney David W. White – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

David W. White - Boston Personal Injury Lawyer

David W. White

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Insurance Law

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Attorney Ronald E. Gluck – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

Ronald E. Gluck

Ronald E. Gluck

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Read more about Ron.


Reza Breakstone – Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2022 Edition)

Reza Breakstone

Ronald E. Gluck

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Professional Malpractice Law

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Read more about Reza.


Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers

Breakstone, White & Gluck fights for justice for those who have been seriously injured by negligence. Our personal injury lawyers have a passionate commitment to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of our clients. After a serious injury, we are committed to helping our clients return to good health and economic well-being as quickly as possible.

With 100+ years combined experience, our attorneys have won record-setting verdicts and settlements in negligence, product liability and medical malpractice cases across Massachusetts. We have been consistently recognized for our results for clients, including by U.S. News Best Law Firms, Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 New England Super Lawyers and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Our attorneys specialize in all areas of personal injury law, representing those injured by negligence in car accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian crashes. We have extensive experience in the areas of truck crashes and bus accidents as well as construction accidents, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death.

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, learn about our personal injury attorneys. We share our results for clients in past cases on our website. You can also hear from some of the clients we have helped on our testimonials page.

For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 1-800-379-1244 or 1-617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.

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