Posts Tagged 'Legal practice'

I Should Have Known Better

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

“I Should Have Known Better” isn’t the Beatles’ most popular song – it was the “B Side” to their single “A Hard Day’s Night.” And although it certainly wasn’t the idea behind the song (it’s a love song, after all), the concept of “should have known better” runs directly into the center of our legal system, particularly in the legal world of personal injury lawsuits – the concept of “foreseeability.”

Beatles Album Cover

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“Continuing treatment” exception to statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases decided in Parr v. Rosenthal by Massachusetts Appeals Court

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

Massachusetts has just recognized a new exception to the statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases, based upon “continuing treatment” with a medical provider or his/her group.  In Parr v. Rosenthal, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held:

“The statute of limitations shall be tolled on a medical malpractice claim so long as the plaintiff receives continuing treatment for the same injury or illness allegedly caused by the original treating physician, even if the plaintiff knew of should have known of the injury ...

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Writing Tips For Large Projects

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Practicing law comes with many writing projects. Emails, internal memos, motions, oppositions and the like. And then there are “briefs.” One of the more ridiculous ways to describe the writing projects of the longest and most complex type, the word “brief” belies the undertaking it requires to create one. Briefs require, in fact, the most rigorous attention and devotion if they are to turn out right. But, to make the process more palatable, there are a number of things you ...

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Modern Family Configurations and Loss of Consortium Claims in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of cohabiting unmarried partners increased tenfold between 1960 and 2000.  Many of these relationships are long-term, stable and committed relationships.  Currently, approximately 40% of children are expected to live in a cohabiting household at some point in their lives. In addition, the number of children being raised at least partly by a step-parent has risen dramatically; 1300 new step-families are being formed every day. Taking all groups of non-traditional families into account, ...

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Five Keys To Maintaining A Healthy Work Environment In A Small Law Firm

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Most law firms are managed by attorneys who were educated to practice law but were never trained in management. We pick it up piecemeal, reading books and articles about it, learning from our predecessors, sharing thoughts and questions with other managing partners, etc. Having managed Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow for over ten years, I would like to share some of what I’ve learned about how to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

1) Communication: The ...

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Many Diverse Ways To Structure A Law Firm

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There are numerous ways to organize a law firm, and different clients prefer different firm structures. Some firms have each attorney responsible for an entire case, from the day the clients walks in, through the “discovery” period (depositions, interrogatories, investigation, etc.), through settlement negotiations, trial and appeal. In a way, these firms are like a collective of solo practitioners, sharing support staff, offices, overhead, etc. Other firms are seniority-based, structured like a pyramid: the lowest associates perform the “grunt” work, ...

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