The number one misconception in the state of Massachusetts involving dog bite attacks is whose going to pay the claim? Who’s going to compensate you for your injuries? And often times, there is no insurance coverage available. Either the specific owner did not involve the insurance company or fill out the documents on their insurance application involving the dog or notifying the insurance company that they owned a dog. That may allow the insurance company to deny the claim. At the end of the day, you may be left pursuing the owner of the dog personally to compensate you for your injuries. If you’ve been injured, you need legal assistance and you have questions. You deserve answers to those questions and you deserve the best. Call our offices.
Archive > January 2010
Mazow & McCullough, PC and a local law firm started a joint venture in Salem, Massachusetts called PIP Collect, LLC. PIP stands for Personal Injury Protection and is a requirement on every Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Policy. PIP is the section of your automobile insurance policy that pays for medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. Regardless of whose fault the accident was, the automobile insurance company of the car you were in is responsible for the reasonable and necessary medical expense for your medical treatment. There is up to $8,000.00 of available PIP coverage for reasonable and necessary medical expenses.
Insurance companies use a variety of tactics and strategies to reduce payments owed to health care providers for your medical treatment. Sometimes the reductions are based upon medical examinations conducted by doctors hired by insurance companies; sometimes the reductions are based upon a review of the patient’s medical records; sometimes the reductions are based on an audit of the providers medical bills based upon an alleged analysis of the average provider bill in the geographic region. The insurance companies then use these strategies to claim that medical treatment is not reasonable or necessary.
PIP Collect, LLC represents medical providers to sue insurance companies when they wrongfully withhold insurance payments for reasonable and necessary medical treatment. At Mazow & McCullough, PC, we don’t believe that our clients should be responsible for medical treatment that should be paid for by insurance companies. That’s why we started PIP Collect, LLC – to hold insurance companies responsible for reasonable and necessary medical bills for treatment related to a car accident.
For more information, see www.pipcollect.com.
Mazow & McCullough, PC’s E. coli lawyers were recently retained to represent the Estate of a New Hampshire woman who ate ground beef tainted with E. Coli. This wrongful death action resulted from Carolyn purchasing ground beef from a New Hampshire supermarket in late September 2009. She became ill in early October 2009 and spent nearly thirty days suffering in a New Hampshire Hospital. While hospitalized, Carolyn tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Carolyn never went home and died on October 30, 2009 from complications arising from E. Coli bacteria.
The ground beef purchased and eaten by Carolyn had been produced by Fairbank Farms in Ashville, NY. On October 31, Fairbank Farms recalled 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef products for potential E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that “The recall was based on an ongoing investigation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Connecticut, Main, and Massachusetts state health and agriculture departments into a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections.”
By November 3, 2009, the CDC announced that at least 28 people from 12 states had become infected with a matching strain of E. coli O157:H7. Further DNA testing on the bacteria isolated from ill individuals continued. In December 2009, the New Hampshire Department of Public Health confirmed that the strain that killed Carolyn matched the strain found in the Fairbank Farms ground beef she ate.
Mazow & McCullough, PC are working closely with a microbiologist as well as the CDC and New Hampshire Department of Public Health to ensure that the appropriate parties are held responsible for Carolyn’s death
Of the 28 people who have become ill with E. coli O157:H7 during this outbreak, 26 became ill between September 17 and October 10, 2009. Six patients were reportedly hospitalized due to their E. coli infections, and three developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. Two deaths have been reported to be associated with the outbreak.
Contact our law firm about an E. coli lawsuit question. The recalled Fairbank Farms beef has been associated with E. coli cases in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire. Because this recall is so large and the hamburger and other products so widely distributed, the outbreak connected to this recall may spread to many other states.