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MassDot Set to Improve Massachusetts Roadway Inspections

In response to the tragic accident earlier this year in which a loose manhole cover struck and killed a woman, Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided to step up its roadway inspections. Kristina Egan, director of... Read More...

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Pedestrian Accidents: Sharing the Road and Sometimes the Blame

A 73-year-old was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while crossing the intersection of High and Appleton streets in Holyoke. The fatal pedestrian accident happened around 6pm. Police say the driver will not face any charges since he had a green light at the time of the accident. Read More...

Construction Site Accidents

In the summer of 2015, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) fined a Woburn-based roofing company named Force Corp. $91,000 for one willful violation and four serious violations of federal safety standards. OSHA issued the willful citation because the company has known about its potential for fall hazards since 2013 and failed to provide the appropriate protection to avoid injury. Read More...

Defective Product Watch: Hot Holiday Gift “Hoverboard” Catching Fire

Consumers entered the 2015 holiday season with high hopes for one gift in particular: the Hoverboard. Made popular by the 1989 film, Back to the Future 2, which featured a “flying skateboard” in the film’s version of “2015,” the quest to create such a product has spawned numerous iterations, some of which actually work. What most consumers ultimately got in the actual hoverboard of 2015 was some version of an electronically powered rolling platform. Read More...

Massachusetts Disfigurement Bill: Worker’s Compensation Gets a “Facelift”

Disfigurement injuries can be debilitating both physically and mentally. When it happens at the workplace, the employee seeking compensation under the Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Act would traditionally have to fit within a narrowly defined category of disfigurement. Read More...

Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Winter is coming for Massachusetts’s motorcyclists, and many will be hitting the roads in the coming weeks. In these final riding days it’s important to be careful, because motorcycle accidents are so common on Massachusetts roads. Read More...

Does Workers’ Comp System Shortchange Scarred Accident Victims?

One of the most painful types of accidents a worker can experience on the job site is a severe burn, which can be caused by open flames, hot machinery, or corrosive chemicals, among other agents. Frequently, the pain of a severe burn lingers for months and even years. On an emotional level, the scarring with which accident victims are left often takes a major toll as well. When permanent disfigurement occurs, victims may struggle to recover for the rest of their lives. Read More...

Will Deadly Bike-Car Accidents Decrease with Improved Police Reports?

The numbers don’t lie: close to 50,000 cyclists are injured and hundreds killed every year in accidents on American roads. In cities like Boston in which large numbers of residents commute by bicycle, the number of accidents is increasing each year. With a 62% increase nationwide in the number of commuters who bike to work, there is a dire need to develop innovative solutions to decrease the risks bikers face in accidents with other vehicles. Read More...

Lower Back Pain a Lingering Effect of Many Car Accidents

One of the highlights of the school year for members of Boston University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams is their winter training trip to Puerto Rico, where they enjoy a break from the relentless New England winter and 10 days of warm weather work outs. Unfortunately, this year’s trip was marred by a bus accident that occurred as the team travelled from practice at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez to the Rincon Beach Resort. In total, four students were injured in the accident. Read More...

With the Blink of an Eye, Technology Empowers Accident Victims to Speak Again

While the average human being utters around 15,000 words every day, few people stop to appreciate their ability to communicate through speech until they lose it due to a catastrophic accident or a debilitating illness. Whether expressing love to a family member, functioning in a professional environment, or simply carrying out basic everyday tasks such as shopping or making telephone calls, the capacity to speak is invaluable for virtually every member of society, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. Read More...

Is Flashing Yellow Arrow Answer to Pedestrian-Car Accidents?

Drivers on Massachusetts roads should be ready to see a new traffic signal as communities across the state prepare to adopt the flashing yellow arrow. A new twist on the conventional red-yellow-green traffic signal that was first introduced about a century and a half ago, the flashing yellow arrow communicates to drivers that left turns are allowed when oncoming traffic permits them. Essentially a high-tech yield sign, the flashing yellow arrow is finally poised to make its debut in Massachusetts. Read More...

Night Shift-ers More Likely to Require Workers’ Comp Benefits?

After midnight, many of us are enjoying a sound night’s sleep at home in our beds. Many of our neighbors and loved ones, however, are hard at work on the night shift. Drawn by higher wages and more flexibility during daylight hours, “shift work” continues to attract employees looking to cut hours and increase pay. While these benefits are certainly a draw, studies indicate that the close to 15 million individuals who work the night shift may experience a variety of job-related health woes that their regular nine-to-five counterparts avoid. Read More...

workers comp benefits for injuries at company events

Companies and government agencies have long used extra-curricular events and activities as critical team building exercises to foster cohesion and camaraderie among employees and management. The company softball game and other similar sporting contests are perhaps the paradigmatic examples of this type activity. While most participants have a great time and leave with an improved view of co-workers and bosses, some employees walk away nursing more than a sore ego due to a dropped fly ball. Indeed, employees enjoying a day at the park with their employer are not immune from serious injuries. Read More...

Crane Hazards Lead to Preventable Work Site Deaths

While the massive construction cranes that sit perched on many work sites appear precarious even to the untrained eye, employer after employer ignores the obvious risks and operates this type of heavy machinery in completely unsafe ways. Most recently, two Massachusetts workers perished in a crane tip-over in Bourne. At the time of the accident, the employees were based on a personnel platform attached to a truck-mounted crane working on power lines on the Cape Cod Canal’s mainland side. When the crane overturned, the men plummeted over 150 feet to their deaths. Read More...

Do Boston Drivers Deserve Dubious Distinction?

Long before the slogan “Boston Strong” was coined in the wake of 2013’s marathon day terrorist attack, Massachusetts residents earned their reputation as a determined bunch that fights for what’s right and sticks to their guns. While this attitude is an asset when it comes to rallying together in times of need, it may be proving to be a liability on the roads of various Bay State communities. Read More...

Back to School: Right Time to Make Safety Priority One

As autumn arrives in New England, droves of college students aren’t the only ones heading back to school. Indeed, the area’s elementary schools are also awash in bright young faces ready for another year in the classroom. Amidst parents’ rejoicing at the onset of the new academic year, it’s also an important time to review safety procedures and instill the importance of caution during school day commutes, on playgrounds, and in school buses. Read More...

None Like it Hot: Heat a Major Danger in the Workplace

While most people have heard the old adage that warns the unwary to “keep out of the kitchen if you can’t take the heat,” not all can heed this advice. For those who must work in the kitchen, figuratively or literally, staying out of the kitchen is simply not an option. For too many workers, heat’s real dangers frequently remain unknown until it is simply too late. As a result, heat illness continues to be a serious public health concern that causes both debilitating symptoms and even death on occasion. Read More...

Springfield, Mass Ranked #4...

Springfield Massachusetts drivers ranked at the bottom of the driver safety list from Allstate insurance company. According to their national study, Springfield commuters are 90 percent more likely to get into a car accident than drivers from other cities. What accounts for Springfield’s the bad driving habits and what can you do about it? Read More...

Fraudsters Shouldn’t Deter Genuine Workers’ Comp Claims

A former postal worker from Florida who racked up an impressive record of long distance race finishes, including Boston’s famed marathon, should have served as an inspiration to people many years her junior. Instead of ascending the winner’s podium this summer, this fleet of foot 55-year-old found herself in front of a federal judge. Charged with health care fraud after she was caught participating in more than 80 races, the woman continued to receive workers' compensation for a back injury, even as she was crowned the top athlete in her age group in Georgia. Read More...

New Law Provides Right to Workers’ Compensation for Domestic Personnel

For many homes in Massachusetts, domestic workers are an indispensable part of the household. Nannies, caregivers, and other similar positions provide in-home services such as housekeeping, cooking, laundering, and companionship, frequently providing important care to the youngest and oldest members of the household. Until very recently, however, such workers lacked the same basic rights as many other workers in the state. Read More...

Car Crash Concussion Sidelines Celtics Star

When Boston Celtics first-round draft pick James Young found himself on the wrong side of a rear-end collision this summer, he realized everything can change in a moment. The rising star sustained injuries which kept him off the court for a month during prime time off-season training. Like many others involved in similar accidents, Young suffered a concussion. Read More...

CAUTION! Top Five Traps to Avoid in Your Workers' Compensation Case.

TRAP 1: Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). An independent medical examination, or IME, is the insurance company's opportunity to perform a disability evaluation. It is important to remember that this is not medical treatment and that these IMEs are by no means neutral or unbiased. The reports from these examinations are often used by the insurance company to justify a termination or reduction of your benefits. An IME should be viewed as the insurance company's opportunity to obtain evidence. Read More...

Public Benefits for Injured Persons in Massachusetts

Beyond the difficulties an injured person may have with his or her medical condition and treatment resulting from an accident, an injured person may face extreme financial hardship as a result of an inability to work. This post is designed to help injured persons find assistance through a variety of public welfare programs. The information provided is not meant to be a complete list of possible benefits, but is expected to be helpful to a person attempting to find assistance for himself/herself and family. Read More...

Mass Workers' Compensation Survival Tips

MAKING A CLAIM. If you are injured, no matter how slightly, report that to your supervisor immediately. Attempt to ensure that a written accident report is filed on your behalf. Identify witnesses as well as the specific incident and exposure which gives rise to your injury. Read More...

Massachusetts Workers Comp- Light Duty Questions Answered- Part 2

Why Light Duty? Sometimes an employer will offer light-duty because there is real need for the talents or services of an injured worker even though the employee is medically limited. Meaningful light-duty might help an employee resume real work, might advance the interests of the employer and might moderate the financial loss for the worker and the company. Read More...

Massachusetts Workers Comp- Light Duty Questions Answered! Part 1

How do you deal with an offer or request to accept light-duty? Whether an injured employee should or must accept an offer of “light duty” depends upon the worker’s medical limitations, the nature of the job offered and the procedural status of his... Read More...

Bodily Injury and Medical Payments Coverage in Massachusetts

The importance of purchasing Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage and Medical Payment Benefits cannot be overstated, as often times a seriously injured person’s medical expenses exceed the value of the at-fault driver’s Bodily Injury Liability Coverage. Read More...

Work injuries in Massachusetts by Attorney Casartello

If you're hurt on the job, you have a lot to worry about. You need to make sure you can get to the right doctor. You need to have confidence that your bills will be paid. You need to replace your lost pay if you're disabled. You need a lawyer who is capable of analyzing the specific facts of your case, who has knowledge of the law, of the courts, and the judges, and who will have compassion to help you through a very difficult time. Read More...

Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to the lawyers, Earlon L. Seeley, Jr., Donald W. Blakesley, Phyllis P. Ryan, Charles R. Casartello, and Ronald C. Kidd, from our firm as they were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Read More...

Medical Care- Under The MA Workers' Compensation Act

The insurer shall furnish to an injured employee adequate and reasonable health care services, and medicines, if needed, together with the expenses necessarily incidental to such services… That’s the law. Sounds pretty simple. The reality is Read More...

Car Accidents – Be Prepared

Being involved in a car accident can be one of the most stressful times in the lives of you and your loved ones. It’s crucial to be prepared if you are involved in a car accident. Read More...

Hey! Who’s going to pay my medical bills?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, your first thoughts will be- How will I get treatment? Who will pay all of my medical bills? These questions could be the most frequently asked of attorneys. Since there are many different types of injuries and many different sources of coverage for medical bills, we are going to focus this writing on medical treatment and bills resulting from a car accident in Massachusetts. Read More...

Voted Best Law Firm in Pioneer Valley

Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. has been voted the Best Law Firm in Pioneer Valley by the readers of The Valley Advocate. We have held this title since 2004! Read More...

Voted Best Law Firm in Springfield

Congratulations to the lawyers, Earlon L. Seeley, Jr., Donald W. Blakesley, Phyllis P. Ryan, Charles R. Casartello, and Ronald C. Kidd, from our firm as they were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Read More...

Best Lawyers At Your Service

Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C., a Springfield law firm specializing in workers' compensation and personal injury law has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in these fields by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2011-2012 Best Law Firms. Read More...

PSRB Featured in Business West

Springfield-based Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley has become the largest personal-injury law firm west of Worcester, a feat its partners attribute to a solid reputation earned through what many of them called “creativity” when it comes to building a case and serving the client. It is creativity, or imagination, that has enabled the firm to succeed in a highly competitive field. Read More...

Michael J. Chieco, Esq. and Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq. Have Been Made Shareholders

Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C., a Springfield law firm specializing in workers' compensation and personal injury law has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in these fields by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2011-2012 Best Law Firms. Read More...

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Locations in MA

Springfield Office(413) 785-5300
1145 Main Street, Suite 308,
Springfield, MA 01103

North Adams Office(413) 664-8429
85 Main Street, Room 216,
North Adams, MA 01247

Pittsfield Office(413) 445-7750
27 Henry Avenue,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Northampton Office(413) 584-5888
64 Gothic Street, Suite 5,
Northampton, MA 01060

Worcester Office(508) 754-7822
390 Main Street, Suite 530,
Worcester, MA 01608

Framingham Office(508) 969-1333
945 Concord Street,
Framingham, MA 01701

Cambridge Office(617) 996-0399
1 Mifflin Place, Suite 400,
Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Office(617) 981-4903
8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor,
Boston, MA 02109

Locations in CT

East Haven Office 845 Foxon Road, East Haven, CT 06513

Windsor Office 360 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 301, Windsor, CT 06095