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Negligence: Officer Hit By Construction Vehicle in Danvers

WBZ-TV reported Wednesday that Boxford police officer Robert Corliss, working on construction detail, was backed over by a construction vehicle driven by Frank Gomez. The Boston Herald reports that Corliss has a non-life-threatening but serious leg injury. Corliss was taken to Salem Hospital after the accident.

Besides any potential workers' compensation Corliss may receive, he may be able to bring a civil suit against Gomez or Lidell Corporation to pay for his injuries. This will be especially important if he needs extensive medical treatment.

Would Dorchester Boy Hit by Car Have a Negligence Claim?

A boy was hit by a car in Dorchester Sunday afternoon after running into the street while playing with his brother, The Boston Herald reported. The boy was still on life support on Tuesday morning. As of now, the driver of the vehicle has not been cited for anything.

The question that remains to be seen is whether the boy's family brings a suit against the driver for negligence. While this is a possibility to recover some of the boy's medical costs, any award of money may be lowered based on who the court would find was at fault.

On Saturday, three Boston University exchange students were killed in New Zealand when their bus flipped over. New Zealand police have charged the driver of the van with careless driving causing death, and careless driving causing injury, the Boston Herald reports.

While criminal charges have been brought, could the families of the deceased students bring civil actions against the driver as well?

On Wednesday, the family of an alleged victim of notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger requested that their civil suit be allowed to continue against former FBI officials, The Associated Press reports.

According to the suit, Michael Donahue was killed when Bulger and another man opened fire on an alleged FBI informant. In 2007, a judge ruled that the FBI was responsible for the death of Donahue and awarded his family $6.3 million. However, that judgment was later overturned by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The last thing you're thinking about after being injured in an accident is how you're going to prove fault. However, collecting evidence is often a time-sensitive activity and should be handled as soon after the accident as possible.

After looking out for your health and the health of the others involved in the crash, there are certain things you should do to help build your personal injury case. Below, we've included a few steps to take after being injured in an accident.

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a man who was injured by a falling tree at a Newton-owned park may sue the city, The Boston Globe reports.

Edward Marcus suffered severe injuries to his spine and shoulders when a tree fell on him during a softball game. The ruling denied an appeal by the city, claiming that it could not be sued because of a state law that prevents owners of land used for public recreation from being sued for accidental injuries.

The owner of the Grafton & Upton Railroad has filed a $20 million lawsuit against a former Upton official, accusing her of slander, the Milford Daily News reports.

Jon Delli Priscoli filed the suit in Middlesex Superior Court, claiming that former selectwoman and Board of Health candidate Marsha Paul slandered him to the media. Paul denies the allegations.

Last week, former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, died in what was an apparent suicide at his home in Oceanside, Ca.

Many commentators are now questioning whether Seau’s apparent suicide may be attributable to the head injuries he suffered during his 20 years in the NFL, the Boston Globe reports. If the speculation turns out to be true, could Seau’s family bring a wrongful death suit against the NFL?

Early Saturday, Agawam police accidentally shot a 21-year-old woman while responding to a 911 call about a break-in and domestic assault at an apartment building, The Associated Press reports.

According to authorities, police heard shouting and the sound of breaking glass coming from inside the apartment.

On Monday, a 3-year-old girl was reportedly locked inside a Wesport day care center after the staff left for the day, The Associated Press reports.

Samantha Jo Paquette's father, Keith Paquette, arrived at the Westport Country Day School a little after 5 p.m. on Monday, but his daughter was nowhere in sight.

A New York family who filed a malpractice lawsuit against a Massachusetts school for disabled children for administering shock treatment to their son has settled its lawsuit with the school, The Associated Press reports.

Andre McCollins was born with acute mental and behavioral problems resulting from autism. While attending the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, McCollins was repeatedly subjected to painful shock treatment, according to the lawsuit.

People often complain that their job is killing them. That may be the literal truth for more workers than one would imagine. According to a new report, 58 Massachusetts workers were killed on the job in 2011, The Associated Press reports.

While many of the deaths were due to workplace accidents, far more workers died from occupational diseases. The annual report was released by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health.