Methuen Injury Lawyer

The leading cause of death among Massachusetts residents age 44 and under is injury. Injury accounts for approximately 31 percent of fatalities among people in this age group. According to Mass.gov, 72 percent of fatalities that happen because of injuries occur due to accidental injury, as opposed to intentionally inflicted injuries such as suicide. Top causes of accidental injuries that result in death include motor vehicle accidents, which cause an estimated 13 percent of deaths due to injury, and falls, which are the second leading cause of injury-related deaths.

The city of Methuen is located in Essex County, Massachusetts and was home to approximately 47,255 people as of the 2010 census. Methuen is bordered by Haverhill, North Andover, Lawrence, Andover, Dracut, Pelham, and Salem and is close to both Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire. Attractions in the area include the Methuen Rail Track as well as the Memorial Music Hall and Forest Lake. Both residents and visitors drawn to this Massachusetts city can enjoy many benefits of life in the Methuen area. Unfortunately, there are also risks and Methuen residents are among Massachusetts residents who lose their lives due to injury. When an accident occurs or an injury is caused by negligence, a Methuen personal injury lawyer should be consulted for help.

Risks of Injury in Methuen, MA

In Methuen, 332.1 people out of every 100,000 experienced a premature death in 2009. According to Mass.gov, there were a total of 143 premature deaths over the course of that year, with premature deaths defined as dying before the age of 75.

There are many causes of premature injury in Methuen. For example, in 2010, four people died in motor vehicle collisions within the city, according to City Data. One of the victims involved in the deadly crash was a pedestrian. In 2011, there were also four deaths in traffic collisions, including one pedestrian.

Nursing home abuse is another possible cause of injury. Caring.com lists 10 nursing homes in the Methuen area. If staff members are neglectful of the basic needs of nursing home residents, or intentionally engage in abusive behavior, the nursing home can be held accountable to the vulnerable resident or family members for resulting injuries.

Dog bites may also lead to injuries and deaths. Methuen passed a local dog ordinance in 2006, requiring the Chief of Police or his designee to provide written notice to city council if there is a dangerous dog. The notice must include the name and address of the animal’s owner as well as details regarding why the dog has been classified as dangerous or vicious. A dog classified as dangerous must be kept confined when outdoors in a structure that meets specifications described in the ordinance and the owner must display warning signs alerting visitors to the dangerous dog. The dog is permitted to leave the owner’s premises only on an approved lead four feet long and only wearing a muzzle.

Dangerous premises, unsafe products, defective medical devices and drugs with unsuspecting side effects are also possible causes of premature death due to negligence or wrongdoing.

Getting Help from a Methuen Personal Injury Lawyer

After an injury, you need to understand your rights and pursue a claim for damages against those responsible for harming you or killing your loved one. An experienced attorney can review your case and help you make a claim for compensation.

Schedule your free consultation with a Methuen personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.

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