Cambridge, Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
Breakstone, White & Gluck is a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm serving Cambridge, Arlington, Medford and other Massachusetts communities. With over 100 years combined experience, our personal injury lawyers have won numerous record-setting awards and settlements for our clients in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, transportation accidents, medical malpractice and construction site accidents.
In Cambridge, we are active in promoting bicycle safety. Each year, Breakstone, White & Gluck and our Project KidSafe campaign donates children bicycle helmets in the Cambridge community, in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department, CYCLE Kids and the Windsor Street Care Center.
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If you have been injured, contact a Cambridge personal injury attorney. We are here to answer your questions and explain your legal rights. For a free legal consultation, call 800-379-1244 or use our contact form.
Cambridge Personal Injury Lawyers
Car Accidents Which Injure Drivers, Cyclists, Pedestrians and MBTA Riders
Located in Middlesex County, Cambridge is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The city has over 110,000 residents, plus many college students, workers and visitors who travel in. The Cambridge Public Schools teach about 7,000 students. Cambridge Rindge & Latin School is the primary high school program.
Like any city, Cambridge sees its share of car accidents, which injure drivers, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. Driving is a challenge in the city, with limited parking, and heavy traffic congestion. But even so, drivers have a responsibility to operate with care, pay attention to the roads and always watch out for cyclists and pedestrians. This includes ride-share drivers. Drivers have to access their cell phones to arrange their next ride, but they must do this while parked or in a safe way that doesn't violate the state's texting while driving law, so there is not an Uber accident.
Bicycle and pedestrian safety are important topics in Cambridge, a city defined by its squares. These include Harvard Square, Inman Square, Central Square and Kendall Square. Cambridge is home to 8 out of the top 10 bike crash locations in Massachusetts, according to the MassDOT 2014 Top Crash Report. The department also reports Central Square sees the 5th highest number of pedestrian crashes and injuries in the state.
The MBTA offers bus and subway service in Cambridge, with Alewife Station anchoring down the Red Line and the Green Line traveling out to Lechmere Station. Harvard Square is one of the most popular stops for passengers to board the T and is popular with taxis and ride share services, such as Lyft and Uber. Because there are so many people, drivers must give their full attention on the road and always be ready to stop.
If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle crash, it is critical to contact a Cambridge personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to start an investigation. In large cities like Cambridge and Boston, the number of people who witness an accident may be limited, especially when a pedestrian, cyclist or car is hit by a large truck. Hit-and-run accidents are common and if your family member was killed in a car accident, it is important to find another witness if they are out there. For all these reasons, it is critical to contact an attorney to start an immediate investigation.
Injuries can also happen on an MBTA subway, bus or in an MBTA station, for instance by a malfunctioning elevator or escalator. If you are injured on the MBTA, contact our attorneys for a free legal consultation. Our Cambridge personal injury lawyers have tried cases against the MBTA and won at trial and appeal. In one case, our client received a final settlement of $7.1 million for injuries she sustained when she was struck by an MBTA bus in a crosswalk. Learn more about our work representing those injured by MBTA accidents.
Cambridge Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Breakstone, White & Gluck has extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases across Massachusetts. Our medical malpractice lawyers have handled numerous cases in Cambridge, including one very serious case of surgical malpractice at Mount Auburn Hospital.
In July 2002, Dr. David Arndt stepped away from our client's surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital so he could cash a check at a bank in Harvard Square. Our client was having a spinal cord fusion and was under general anesthesia. Dr. Arndt was gone for 35 minutes. Upon his return, he completed the surgery.
The next day, our client experienced significant neurological symptoms in his right lower leg. Dr. Arndt was suspended by Mount Auburn Hospital. Mount Auburn Hospital only came forward and told our client the truth after the state had revoked Dr. Arndt's medical license.
Many were upset by what happened at Mount Auburn Hospital. In response to public outcry, the hospital adopted a new policy to notify patients if their doctors are suspended. Meanwhile, our client, who had to undergo subsequent operations, received a $1.25 million settlement. Read the case report.
You can also read our other medical malpractice case reports.
Construction Accidents and Premises Liability Accidents
Breakstone, White & Gluck also represents those who have been injured in premises liability and construction accidents. Premises liabilty accidents are those caused by the property owner’s failure to maintain their property. In shopping and business areas, escalators and elevators can cause traumatic injuries when not maintained. When landlords neglect to maintain apartments, it can lead to slip and falls, porch collapses and even house fires. The city has a high cost of living and 65 percent of the city's housing units are rentals, according to the Cambridge Community Development office.
Construction accident and worker deaths are on the rise in Massachusetts, according to Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). Seventy workers died on the job and from work-related disease in 2016. These are the highest numbers in a decade and come as companies build at an aggressive pace in Cambridge, Boston, Somerville and Medford.
If companies do not take appropriate safety measures to protect workers and the public, someone can be seriously hurt or killed. They can be held liable and have to pay damages to the victim or their family. OSHA may also fine companies for violations.
Free Legal Consultation: 800-379-1244
If you have been injured by someone else's negligence, learn your rights. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our Cambridge personal injury attorneys offer a free legal consultation. Contact us at 800-379-1244 or use our contact form.