Carpenter Injured On The Job

Doug was employed as a union carpenter and was using Baker Staging approximately 12’ high, when it fell over and he went down with the staging, landing on his head and shoulder and lost consciousness. He was rushed by an ambulance to the hospital. He sustained a laceration to the left thumb, right shoulder rotator cuff tear, C6-7 disc protrusion and a closed head injury. He was later discharged and informed to follow up with his physician.

Doug went to his PCP and following his examination, he was provided referrals for a physiatrist and an orthopedic doctor. The physiatrist opined that he would benefit from trigger point injections for the right shoulder. Doug agreed and the injection was completed. Doug went to the orthopedic for ongoing right shoulder pain. The orthopedic surgeon reviewed the MRI and determined that he would need arthroscopic shoulder repair. Following surgery, Doug continued to experience ongoing right shoulder pain and headaches. He was referred to a pain clinic. During the consultation at the pain clinic, it was noted that Doug was also suffering from severe depression as well as chronic pain. Doug started treatment at the pain clinic and was referred for counseling for depression. The inability to return to work was difficult for him.

Doug contacted Attorney Jim Brady for case evaluation. Doug’s significant significant injuries to his right shoulder and head prevented him from returning to his position as a union carpenter. A claim for Social Security Disability benefits was filed and benefits were awarded. Doug received a successful lump sum settlement from the workers compensation insurer as well as a third-party settlement as a result to this construction site accident.

If you are injured in an accident of any kind at work, contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates for a no-cost case review.

Paintballer Injured.

Tommy was playin paintball with friends when he was running in a muddy area. He slipped and fell and the palm of his hand was impaled by a stake. Tommy had surgery and wound up with complications including infections.

A settlement was reached with the insurance company to compensate tommy for the injuries he sustained and the permanent scare left on his hand.

If injuries are sustained on the playing field or in the paintball arena, Attorney Jim Brady & Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through this process. With over 34 years of experience we will get you outstanding results.

Low Speed Car Accidents Do Damage Too

While in the course of his employment, Jack Brown was stopped at a light on Main Street in Worcester, MA when he was struck in the rear by an inattentive driver (texting) in a commercial truck. Mr Brown anticipated the crash in his rear-view mirror and held tightly onto the steering wheel. The force of the impact bent the steering wheel, but otherwise caused very little damage to his car.

Mr. Brown felt immediate pain in his neck, back and right shoulder and was transferred from the scene by ambulance to a local emergency room where he was treated and released. Several days later the pain increased. Jack was diagnosed with a right shoulder joint separation and a muscle spam. He treated conservatively with physical therapy, but eventually he had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder as there was a complete tear. Unfortunately, Mr. Brown continued to have pain in the right shoulder. He also had a series of injections in his lower spine to relieve pain. Mr. Brown was out of work for a considerable amount of time and worker’s compensation benefits were awarded on his behalf.

Unable to reach an agreement with the insurance company, a suit was filed and the cased was readied for trial. The insurance company took the position that this was a miner fender bender with no visible damage to his car asserting that Mr. Brown would get little or nothing from the jury. As the trial date approached, the defendant requested to mediate the case. A substantial recovery was obtained at the mediation on Mr. Brown’s behalf, recovering funds to cover his lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of his life. This was anything but a so-called “frivolous” lawsuit.

If injuries are sustained Attorney Jim Brady and Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through the process.

How To Beat This Heat

Since everyone is feeling the heat during this heatwave, I thought I’d share a great blog from that we found that shares some terrific ways to stay cool. Check it out below and let us know what you think! (Credit: Sophia Breene on May 30, 2017)

We’ve all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It. Is. Awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It’s possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you’ve probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it’s not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.

Before we dive in, we realize the obvious solution for cool, calm, and REM-ful sleeping is an air conditioner: These modern gizmos can keep a bedroom at the optimum sleep temperature (roughly between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), plus provide some nice white noise to boot. But even small window units use up tons of energy and jack up monthly electric bills. So what’s an environmentally responsible, budget-conscious sleeper to do?

Living through a hot summer without AC seems impossible but, hey, our grandparents did it all the time! Turns out, they learned a few things in the process. Here are all those tried-and-true DIY strategies for how to stay cool in summer.

Cool as a Cucumber—How to Beat the Heat

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1. Choose cotton

Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. Feel the freezer burn

Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.

3. Get cold comfort

Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.


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4. Be creative

If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.

5. Sleep like an Egyptian

If there seem to be a lot of Egyptian references in this list, it’s because those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-called “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.

6. Get loose

Less is definitely more when it comes to summertime jammies. Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full nudie during a heat wave is (unsurprisingly) controversial. Some people believe it helps keep them cool, while others claim going au natural means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. We’re going to chalk this one up to personal preference.

7. Go old-school

Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

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8. Create a cross-breeze

In this case, hanging out in the cross-hairs is a good idea. Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze. Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up multiple fans throughout the room to make the airflow even more boisterous.

9. Pamper your pulses

Need to cool down, stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.

10. Get tech-y

We can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but the chillow—a high-tech pad that stays cool through water circulation—seems like a genius idea.

11. Be a lone wolf

Sorry lovebugs, but sleeping alone is way better than spooning for staying cool. Cuddling with a partner increases body heat, making the bed a sticky, sweaty pit of despair instead of a cool, calm oasis.

12. Release your inner Tarzan

Feeling ambitious (or just really, really hot)? Rig up a hammock or set up a simple cot. Both types of beds are suspended on all sides, which increases airflow.

13. Fill up the tank

Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom runs.)

14. Cool off

A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning come summertime. Rinsing off under a stream of tepid H20 brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat (ick) so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.

15. Get low

Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.

16. Turn off the lights

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs (even environmentally-friendly CFLs) give off heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays light until eight or nine at night. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all (romantic candle-lit dinner, anyone?).

17. Hang out

Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.

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18. Stay away from the stove

Summer is not the time to whip up a piping hot casserole or roast chicken. Instead, chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes (salads are clutch) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven. And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes.

19. Encourage cold feet

Those ten little piggies are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dunking (clean!) feet in cold water before hitting the hay. Better yet, keep a bucket of water near the bed and dip feet whenever you’re feeling hot throughout the night.

20. Unplug at night

As in, literally disconnect electronics. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.

21. Camp at home

Got access to a safe outdoor space like a roof, courtyard, or backyard? Practice those camping skills (and stay cooler) by pitching a tent and sleeping al fresco.

22. Hog the bed

Sleeping alone (see No. 11 above) has its perks, including plenty of space to stretch out. Snoozing in spread eagle position (i.e. with arms and legs not touching each other) is best for reducing body heat and letting air circulate around the body. Hit the hay in this sleep position to keep limbs from getting crazy sweaty.

23. Go rustic

When temperatures soar, trade in that extra-comfy mattress for a minimalist straw or bamboo mat. These all-natural sleeping surfaces are less comfortable, but they don’t retain heat like a puffy, cloth-covered mattress.

24. Get creative with grains

Rice and buckwheat aren’t just for eating! These cupboard staples can also keep you cool on hot nights. Stock up on buckwheat pillows, which don’t absorb heat like cotton and down. And for a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for up to 30 minutes, definitely enough time to nod off.

Car Accident Expertise

When you or a family member is hurt in a serious car accident, you will feel many emotions and begin to ask many questions. How long will it take to recover? Will my life ever be the same? Will I receive fair compensation for my injuries even though I did nothing to deserver them? And most of all, why? Why did this happen to my family? Most accidents are split second random events that happen by chance and are out of our control.

But now, it’s time for you to take control of the situation. The time after an injury from an auto accident can be one of the most trying times you will face. The healing starts when you can stop worrying about the future. Don’t leave things to chance. It’s important to take control with a competent and experienced attorney who can help guide you through this difficult time; an attorney who has experience in resolving personal injury cases and in particular car accident cases. You need an attorney that can help take the burden off you and allow you to start getting your life back.

Attorney Jim Brady and Associates can help. He is an experienced attorney who for over 34 years has been trying personal injury and car accident cases. A brief conversation with Attorney Jim Brady to discuss the facts of your case can allow him to make a determination regarding your case as well as the type of damages you be entitled to recover.

Flight Attendant Spills Scalding Hot Water on Baby and Mother

A mother and her child were flying home from Florida to Boston on a well-known airline carrier. The baby was asleep in the mother’s arms when suddenly the flight attendant spilled scalding hot water on the mother and the baby.

We were able to recover a substantial settlement from the airlines for the pain and suffering the mom and her son sustained and for the permanent scarring they will have for life.

If injuries are sustained, Attorney Jim Brady and Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through this process. With over 34 years of experience, we will get you outstanding results.

Construction Site Injuries: What You Should Know.

Construction sites are dangerous areas and it comes as no surprise that falls are the leading cause of fatalities and injuries in the construction industry. These falls can includes falls of high structures or scaffolds, but they can also include falls through unprotected holes or through flimsy and insufficient floor materials.

It is of course the responsibility of the contractor to make sure that all possible holes are marked off and that any possible safety precautions pertaining to these unprotected holes are followed. These safety standards must be enforced in order to ensure the safety of the workers and any persons on the site.

Not only must safety procedures be followed, but railings and fences should be present and always installed along with signs indication the holes location. When there are no railings, fences, or warning tape installed, the risk of possible injuries is greatly increased.

The failure to put in place warning devices or follow necessary safety precautions constitutes negligence on the part of the contractor. If this negligence causes harm, the injured party has a legal right to be compensated. for their damages.

Depending on the size of the construction site, relief from the harm caused by negligence may be sought from many different sources. An injured party may seek relief for their injury from the construction site owner himself, his general or subcontractors, and also any prime contractors. Regardless of the type of construction injury, consultation with an experienced attorney is a must so that the injury can be sought out and dealt with effectively.

Attorney Jim Brady, an experienced litigator can help you if you have been injured in a construction site accident. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jim was a builder in the United States Navy Seabees (Construction Battalion) and a carpenter for nearly ten years. He has extensive firsthand knowledge of the construction trade and industry.

If you injure yourself at work, Attorney Jim Brady and Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through this process. With over 34 years of experience, we will get you outstanding results.

Parking Lot Problems Hit Quincy, MA

Susan was involved in a pedestrian accident. She was in a parking lot in Quincy, MA when an inattentive driver hit her causing a crushing injury to her left foot. Her foot was fractured in three places. Susan was treated by an orthopedic specialist and a podiatrist.

After protracted negotiations, Attorney Jim Brady was able to recover a very good settlement in addition to the full PIP and medical payment policies from the insurer to compensate Susan for the pain and suffering she endured for over a year after the accident.

If injuries are sustained in an accident of any kind, Attorney Jim Brady and Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through the process. With over 34 years of experience, we will get you outstanding results.

Workers Compensation: New Luxury Apartments Complex Brings The Pain

Steven was employed as the Director of Engineering at a large apartment complex. As he was approaching a large metal gate, the wind blew the gate. Steven raised his arm to block the impact, but the gate struck his right shoulder and elbow.

Steven went to Urgent Care and x-rays confirmed no fractures. He continued to have ongoing pain and followed up with an orthopedic surgeon. The physician examined Steven’s shoulder rand elbow and informed him that he wanted an MRI of the right shoulder. He informed Steven that the right elbow was dislocated and he referred him to physical therapy for the elbow. The MRI of the right shoulder confirmed adhesive capsulitis and subacromial impingement. The physician ordered physical therapy for range of motion and stretching for the adhesive capsulitis. He also administered an injection in the right shoulder. Steven started physical therapy and returned to his physician’s office. The pain persisted and surgery was recommended. Steven underwent surgery for his right shoulder. Following the surgery, he had pain in the right should and numbness in the hand. Steven was referred to another physician for treatment of the right elbow.

A nerve conduction study was ordered and revealed right ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Steven underwent surgery for the elbow. At the time of his post-operative follow up, he informed the physician there was no change since the surgery. The physician discussed undergoing another procedure, however he could not predict what the outcome may be. Steven elected to have a second opinion by another physician. He was informed that the surgery was an option, but again was told there was no guarantee of success and the chances of improvement were minimal. Steven did not proceed with additional surgery and he continues to experience numbness and tingling of the right arm.

Steven contacted attorney Jim Brady for a case evaluation. Steven’s injuries prevented him from returning to his position. A claim for Social Security Disability benefits was filed and benefits were awarded. Steven also received a significant lump sum settlement form the workers compensation insurer.

If you are injured at work, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates. Attorney Brady has over 34 years of experience helping injured employees get the benefits they deserve.

Four Vehicle Collision on Route 93

Karen was involved in a four-vehicle collision on Route 93. She was sandwiched between a car and a truck and was lucky to walk away from this crash. Karen suffered injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and hip. She suffered for months with anxiety.

We were able to recover the full amount of the policy for the injuries Karen sustained and the pain and suffering she endured for nearly a year following the crash.

If injuries are sustained, Attorney Jim Brady and Associates recommends contacting us to assist you through this process. With over 34 years of experience, we will get you outstanding results.