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Eric Jeffrey Parker

Eric Parker’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Feb 04, 2009
    Outcome:
    $255,000 including interest
    Description:
    On June 16th, 2006, the plaintiff was a lawful visitor at the defendants’ home. The defendants were the owners of an American Bulldog named “Buster”. The plaintiff, a neighbor of the defendant, was familiar with Buster. As the dog approached the plaintiff, the plaintiff knelt-down and the dog suddenly bit at the plaintiff’s face, severing a portion of the plaintiff’s left nostril and upper lip. There was no evidence of teasing or tormenting which would otherwise have served as a defense to the plaintiffs’ statutory claims. The plaintiff was transported by ambulance to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts where he underwent temporary “tacking” of the loose skin overlying his nose, until he could be seen by a surgeon with experience in facial reconstruction. Following several consultations, a plan was formulated which involved three surgeries designed to reconstruct the plaintiff’s nose using skin grafted from his forehead. The plaintiff underwent three surgical procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital between August 2006 and April 2007. While the surgeries were largely successful in restoring the plaintiff’s nose, significant scarring about his nose and forehead remained. Significant improvement in the appearance of the plaintiff’s upper lip was also achieved. The plaintiff incurred medical bills totaling approximately $60,000 and lost wages totaling an additional $7,000. At trial, the plaintiff’s Motion in Limine was granted, precluding any mention of the defendant as the “neighbor” of the plaintiffs, or any description as to where the subject events occurred.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jan 04, 2008
    Outcome:
    $725,000
    Description:
    On an early winter morning, a woman was walking in her suburban residential neighborhood. At approximately 6 a.m., a witness recalled seeing the defendant's vehicle accelerate as it passed him. The witness was familiar with the vehicle from his routine early morning walks and, on several prior occasions, had motioned to the driver to slow down. A short time later, the witness heard a loud crash. Although there were no eyewitnesses to the impact between the defendant's vehicle and the plaintiff's decedent, according to the responding police officer the defendant driver collided with the victim as she attempted to cross the street, north to south, by foot. At the time of the incident, the victim was wearing dark clothing. The force of the impact caused the plaintiff's decedent to be thrown 27 feet before coming to rest. She sustained massive head injuries including multiple skull fractures, a fractured ankle, fractured clavicle, fractured right 1st-12th ribs, fractured left 1st-10th ribs, and multiple right-sided face and forehead abrasions. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Immediately following the incident, local and State Police conducted a detailed investigation. An inspection of the defendant's vehicle revealed that it was being operated with a rejected inspection sticker; it had a dirty windshield; it had no windshield wiper fluid; and it had low brake fluid. Multiple citations, including operating with a rejected inspection sticker, were issued to the defendant operator and vehicle owner, along with a citation for impeded operation due to the dirty windshield. The defendants contested the citations, which were ultimately dismissed. The plaintiff argued that the dirty windshield observed by the investigating police officers made it impossible for the defendant driver to see during the pitch-dark hours of the morning. Further, the lack of adequate brake fluid would have reduced the braking power of the defendant's vehicle and lengthened the effective stopping distance. The plaintiff's civil complaint sought damages based on allegations of negligence as well as gross negligence, given the aggravated factors alleged by the plaintiff. The defendant countered that the incident was caused by the negligence of plaintiff's decedent in failing to cross within a nearby crosswalk and in failing to wait until the defendant's vehicle had passed before attempting to cross. The decedent, a 66-year-old woman, left behind a husband of more than 40 years, five children and six grandchildren. There were no lost earnings and no evidence of conscious pain and suffering.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    May 12, 2009
    Outcome:
    $600,000. The Legal Maximum in Massachusetts
    Description:
    On Labor Day in 2007, an 11-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother were playing on the grounds of the grammar school they attended, which was a short walk from their home. Located on the open grounds of the school was a large, three-sided brick structure, designed as a storage enclosure for two trash dumpsters. A 1,600-pound steel gate, which at one time guarded the entrance to the dumpster enclosure, had been removed several years earlier to provide easier access for sanitation trucks. After being removed, the steel gate apparently had been placed in a leaning position against one of the interior walls of the enclosure and was not otherwise secured. While the boys were playing in the empty enclosure, the steel gate fell. The older boy was killed and his younger brother suffered serious crush injuries. The defendant, the city in which the boys lived and attended the school, acknowledged leaving the unsecured gate in a precarious state for several years in an area of the yard to which children had easy access and likely would be attracted. The total settlement represented the maximum damages to which the plaintiffs were legally entitled to recover against a municipal defendant pursuant to G.L.c. 258, §2.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $1.3 Million Dollars
    Description:
    While at a complete stop with her turn signal activated, preparing to execute a left turn, the plaintiff, a 50 year old, child abuse prevention counselor, was struck from behind by a passenger van operated by the defendant. The impact forced the plaintiff's vehicle into a nearby ditch, abutting the main roadway. Police and emergency personnel arrived at the scene and the plaintiff was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Although no loss of consciousness was reported, the plaintiff was confused and disoriented, heightening the suspicion of a closed head injury. In addition to her cognitive complaints, the plaintiff also complained of severe neck, back, wrist and knee pain. Subsequent diagnostic studies revealed large posterior disc herniations at the C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7 levels, with impingement upon the thecal sac and proximate spinal cord, with bilateral C5-6 radiculopathy, right greater than left, with superimposed bilateral median neuropathy (carpal tunnel syndrome) at the wrist. In addition to her cervical herniations, the plaintiff also suffered a complex tear of the posterior horn of her medial meniscus, and a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, requiring surgical repair. The plaintiff ultimately went-on to require a total knee replacement, which was complicated by a post-operative wound infection (staph aureus) of her left knee, resulting in multiple subsequent surgical procedures, including explanation of her total left knee arthroplasty and implantation of antibiotic cement and a spacer blocker. In addition to the foregoing, the plaintiff also suffered from profound depression and memory impairment following the accident.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $1.075 Million Dollars
    Description:
    On October 18, 1997, the plaintiffs, a 62 year old, former operating room nurse, was the operator of a 1997 Plymouth Voyager minivan, traveling east on Highland Avenue in Needham, Massachusetts. Her 37-year-old son was traveling with her as a front seat passenger. The minivan, which had been purchased new by the operator and her husband only a few months earlier, had been outfitted with a handicapped, hand-control system, to allow the plaintiff, a double, below the knee amputee, to operate the van. As the plaintiff proceeded east on Highland Avenue, near the intersection of Highland and Wexford Streets, the plaintiff experienced the sudden acceleration of her vehicle. Despite the plaintiff’s attempts at braking and reducing throttle, the vehicle continued to accelerate, culminating in a collision between the minivan and a brick building. As a direct result of the impact, the operator suffered massive internal injuries, resulting in her death approximately thirty days later. The plaintiff passenger suffered a closed head injury and multiple fractures. Following a lengthy analysis of the vehicle and careful study of forensic evidence, plaintiffs’ counsel were prepared to demonstrate that the handicapped hand-control system, as conceived, designed, installed, and/or manufactured, was defective, and was the most likely cause of sudden acceleration and ensuing collision. Claims against the dealer/installer of the hand-controls were previously settled for $975,000 following mediation. The plaintiffs commenced suit in United States District Court against the Canadian manufacturer and designer of the subject hand control system. Depositions taken of the installer of the system demonstrated a known tendency of the hand controls to apply throttle and brake under certain circumstances. The plaintiffs contended that as a result of this defect in the design of the subject hand control system, the plaintiff was inadvertently applying throttle despite her intention to apply the brake. As a result of the alleged defect, the plaintiff’s vehicle collided with a nearby brick wall, resulting in the death of the operator and serious injuries to her passenger son. During the pendency of the litigation, the defendant manufacturer’s insurer was deemed insolvent, but the Massachusetts Insolvency Fund provided coverage leading to the settlement with the Canadian manufacturer.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Outcome:
    One Million Dollars
    Description:
    Failure to diagnose Wilson's disease, resulting in incorrect treatment causing body-wide, permanent scarring to in 20 year old female.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Sep 03, 2012
    Outcome:
    1.75 Million Dollars
    Description:
    Severed ulnar nerve during lipoma surgery.