Personal Injury Accidents

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, business or organization, you may pursue compensation for the hardships you have endured by filing a personal injury claim.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island personal injury lawyers Brian Cunha & Associates, represent people who have been injured in car and truck accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, snow and ice cases  and other serious accidents. We offer sound legal guidance and aggressive advocacy for our valued clients.

Our personal injury practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries. We also help people who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents.

We understand that your injury may leave you with steep medical bills and long term rehabilitation. It may prevent you from returning to work and earning a paycheck. Our goal is to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve to get you through this difficult time.


Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy.  When a loved one's death is caused by the negligence of wrongdoing of another, or could have somehow been prevented, the pain is that much more difficult to deal with.  In such cases, the family of the victim may be able to seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one.  Depending on the circumstances of the case, family members may be entitled to recover damages – including those associated with loss of companionship, lost income or financial support, and more – from the responsible party.

If you have lost a loved one because of someone else's negligent or reckless actions, you need not suffer in vain.  The caring and qualified attorneys of Brian Cunha & Associates have experience handling a wide range of wrongful death claims and can help you and your family get the justice and compensation you deserve.  Please contact us today for a no-cost consultation.

Can I File A Wrongful Death Claim?

The laws that determine who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim vary in each state.  Some states allow only spouses and children to bring claims, while others allow siblings, dependants, and/or beneficiaries to file law suits.

Your eligibility to file a wrongful death claims will also depend on the circumstances surrounding your loved one's death.  Some of the most common wrongful death law suit stem from:

» Motor vehicle accidents – including auto, motorcycle and trucking accidents

» Medical Malpractice – such as failure to diagnosis

» Defective products – including dangerous drugs

» Nursing home abuse

» By contacting us today, you can learn whether or not you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one.

A major source of injuries in this country are those experienced by workers.  This area of law has been a significant part of our firm's practice for many years.  You should know from the start that, unfortunately, there is often no tort remedy for an injured worker and the only relief available against the employer is workers' compensation payments, which are often inadequate. Our firm handles workers' compensation claims.
Fortunately, in some work site injury cases, there are others involved in the accident who may be responsible for the injury.  We look for these so-called "third parties" to sue, who may be required to pay full damages, including pain and suffering, if they are found to be liable.
Product liability-based suits are the most common third party work site suits we handle.  An example of this would be suing the manufacturer or seller of a machine which caused an injury, such as a brake press with inadequate safety guards.  Another example of product-related work site injuries is the release of toxic substances on the job, such as a chemical spill.  Asbestos cases are another prime example of such third party suits.
Construction site cases are a major aspect of our work site litigation practice. Special laws in Massachusetts and elsewhere give extra protection to workers in the construction trades and allow them to sue contractors and property owners for their injuries.

A property owner must keep the premises safe for visitors.  This may be a private home, an apartment complex, a store, or another public place where people are expected and invited.  We have extensive experience in handling these types of cases.  To investigate a claim, we will inquire about the locations and the nature of the defect which caused the injury.  Often, quick action is called for and you should photograph the accident location so evidence is preserved.

One particular type of premises liability is a slip and fall accident, also known as a trip and fall accident.  There are many dangerous conditions which can happen causing a serious injury in just an instant.  This can be a foreign substance on a floor, uneven steps, icy areas, and dangerous doors.

Falling objects are another hazard.  This is commonly seen in "big box" stores.  We have all seen how high products can be stacked on pallets.  Amazingly, store employees are actually transporting and storing items while customers are shopping.  Items are often stacked above shoppers by forklifts.  Improperly stored items shift and then fall on customers.  This happens with no warning to customers who have no chance to escape.  Another form of premises liability arises form dangerous pets, particularly dogs.  Pet owners are under a duty to keep dangerous pets restrained.  Serious and disfiguring injuries can arise from pet-related injuries.  Children are especially susceptible to dog attacks.  Particular attention must be paid when injuries occur on the property of government entities.  Some entities require notice of the injury within a short time of the accident.  Without that notice, the claim may be forever barred.  We will investigate this issue immediately in premises liability cases.


A catastrophic injury can affect virtually anyone at anytime.  Paraplegia – a spinal cord injury that results in the complete paralysis of the lower body – is one of the most devastating and unfortunate types of catastrophic injuries that an accident victim can sustain.  Sadly approximately, 2,500 people are diagnosed with paraplegia every year in the United States.  Many of those cases occur as a direct result of someone else's careless, negligent, or reckless behavior.

Victims of catastrophic injuries like paraplegia may be entitled to recover compensation to help cover the cost of medical treatment as well as other financial and emotional losses.  If you or a loved one has suffered paraplegia after an accident, we can help you.  Please contact Brian Cunha & Associates today for a complimentary consultation with a proven and respected personal injury attorney.


Spinal cord injuries usually occur suddenly as a rsult of some external trauma.  Despite the suddenness of their onset, spinal cord injuries are permanent and almost always overwhelming.  Sadly, as many as 11,000 Americans suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury every year.  Perhaps the most catastrophic type of spinal cord injury is quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia.  Quadriplegia is a devastating condition marked by the permanent paralysis of all four limbs.  Currently, there is no cure for quadriplegia and those who suffer from this type of injury frequently face enormous physical, emotional, and financial losses.

Common Causes of Quadriplegia

Some of the most common causes of quadriplegia include:

» Vehicle accidents, particularly car and motorcycle accidents

» Gunshot wounds and other violent acts

» Falls

» Sports accidents

» Disease and/or infection

» Spinal cord injuries like quadriplegia are irreversible and generally require lifelong medical care, including medication, surgery, and rehabilitation.  Individuals suffering from quadriplegia may also benefit from the use of new technologies such as lightweight wheelchairs, computer devices, and electrical stimulation devices, among other things.

» In many cases, the costs associated with treating quadriplegia can be financially crushing.  Accident victims and those who suffer from the condition because of someone else's negligent or reckless behavior may be able to recover some, if not all, of their financial losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

» If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury like quadriplegia in an accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more through a personal injury lawsuit.