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Personal Injury Law and Process provides information about the nitty-gritty, so that you may better understand the complexities of personal injury law. From different filing deadlines, to changes in the law, to what the experts are saying about new causes of action, it is covered here. In Personal Injury Law and Process, each step of the case, from the complaint, to discovery, to the ultimate resolution, is broken down and explained.

While you will still need a competent Boston Personal Injury lawyer to help you follow the right rules of civil procedure, and present your argument in the most comprehensive way, your familiarity with how a case is fought -- and won -- will give you a feeling of control at a time when you might feel like you don't have any.

Recently in Personal Injury Law and Process in Boston:

Good Samaritan Laws: What Are They?

The Massachusetts Senate approved amendments to the state's good Samaritan laws that extends legal protections to off-duty police, firefighters, and emergency personnel who intervene in emergencies.

Now the changes await final approval and a signature by Governor Deval Patrick, according to State House News Service.

If the governor approves the amendments, it'll affect the current good Samaritan laws in Massachusetts. But what are Good Samaritan laws?

How Much Is a Truck Accident Case Worth?

Before pursuing legal action following a truck accident, it's important to ask yourself how much your case is worth.

A number of factors go into determining the amount of money you can obtain if you sue the party or parties responsible for your injuries.

Here are five ways to help determine how much your truck accident case is worth:

Common Summer Camp Injuries Can Lead to Lawsuits

Summer camps are supposed to be fun for your kids. But summer camp injuries are the exact opposite of that, and are often even more of a nightmare for parents.

So this year, before you send your little ones off to their much-anticipated summer camp, it may be helpful to educate yourself. Watch out for these common summer camp injuries that can often lead to lawsuits:

Boston Marathon Explosion Rescuers: Good Samaritan Laws

Former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi was photographed carrying an injured woman after the Boston Marathon explosion. Andruzzi is no stranger to heroic acts during times of crisis. His three brothers are New York firefighters, who aided in helping survivors on 9/11. From New York to Boston, it's often in the midst of national tragedy that we discover people who are kind, and people who are brave enough to run toward the terror.

Fortunately for "patriots" like Andruzzi, who aided the dying or injured after the Boston Marathon Explosion, Good Samaritan laws are in place to protect them from suits for negligence.

5 Steps Before Filing an Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury law only works if you bring a claim, but before filing an injury lawsuit there are important steps that you have to take.

The lawsuit will lead to a hearing and at the hearing, you need to have evidence if you want to prove your case. Without it, you're just wasting your time with a round of he said/she said before the judge. It's not a winning strategy.

But some evidence is time sensitive and you need to have it before you file your claim. Take note of what you're going to need so you won't be taken by surprise.

Are Mass. Parents Legally Responsible for Children's Actions?

As a parent you have a certain amount of responsibility for your children's actions. But that extends beyond keeping them safe; you can also be liable if their actions are the subject of a personal injury claim.

Let's say your child injures someone else or damages property. You, as the parent, could be held liable for what your child did. That means there could be a lawsuit against you -- as well as, or instead of, your child.

In addition to personal liability, you could also be responsible for compensating any victims who were harmed by your child. It just depends on what happened.

Rendering Emergency Aid: Massachusetts' Good Samaritan Law

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we're bound to hear some stories of heroism -- namely, people who came to the rescue of those in danger or need.

This brings us to the question of Good Samaritan Laws and the implications of helping someone in need.

Is there a duty to help someone in need in Massachusetts? If emergency assistance goes wrong, what are the limitations on liability for helping someone in need?

Weston Students Try to Poison Teacher, Should Parents be Liable?

When do parents take the fall for something their children did? If a child (or teenager) does something wrong and harms someone, can the parents be sued?

Two middle school students in Weston reportedly put cleaning fluid in their teacher's water bottle, The Boston Globe reports.

First Meningitis Lawsuit: Minnesota Woman Sues NECC

The lawsuits in the meningitis outbreak have started.

A Minnesota woman has sued the New England Compounding Center for "bodily harm, emotional distress, and other personal injuries," reports The Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal District Court in Minnesota by Barbe Puro. Puro is the first to sue in the meningitis outbreak that has taken the country by storm.

Green Line Trolley Crash Worth $1.2M for Neck Injury

In 2009, MBTA trolley operator Aiden Quinn allowed the Green Line trolley he was piloting to slam into the back of another trolley in an underground tunnel. The accident caused injuries of nearly 50 passengers on the trolleys, including a neck injury sustained by Colleen Fyffe.

Fyffe filed a negligence suit against MBTA claiming injuries prevented her from returning to work with Delta airlines after the accident, and was awarded $1.2 million, reports The Associated Press. Quinn admitted to texting his girlfriend at the time of the accident and pleaded guilty to criminal negligence.

Even so, Joe Pesaturo, MBTA spokesman told the Boston Globe that the T would be appealing because 9 of 24 lawsuits arising out of the accident have settled for an average of $31,000 each.

What could an appeals court decide to do?