Edward C. Bassett, Jr.

Massachusetts

Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee
1800 West Park Drive, Suite 400
Westborough, MA 01581-3926
United States

Tel: 508.860.1442
Fax: 508.983.6233

Email: ebassett@mirickoconnell.com
Web: www.mirickoconnell.com

Ted is a partner and chair of the firm’s Personal Injury Litigation Group. He has practiced in the area of civil litigation for more than 35 years. Ted is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in which, membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in advocacy by achieving a million dollar trial verdict, award or settlement. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Ted as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Massachusetts. The National Trial Lawyers Association selected Ted as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts. Boston magazine and Law & Politics chose him as a New England “Super Lawyer” in 2004-2009 and 2011-2017. Ted has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

In 2016, Ted was installed as the President of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) and received the Thurgood Marshall Fighting for Justice Award at the 2016 APITLA Summit.

Ted understands that being the victim in a personal injury case is a highly traumatic experience. It can become even worse if you are not represented by attorneys who have the experience to advocate for your rights and the best possible recovery you are entitled to under the law.

Ted handles all types of personal injury and product liability cases, including complex trial matters involving wrongful death and permanent disability. Ted regularly receives referrals from attorneys and professionals in Massachusetts and other states because of his reputation for handling car accident cases and interstate trucking accident cases in a professional and efficient manner.

If a case is accepted, the client and the referring attorney have Ted’s commitment that he will expend the necessary time and financial resources, as well as employ in-house staff and specially retained outside experts, to resolve the claim. For each case, the firm assembles the team of professionals best suited to pursue the maximum recovery for the client.

Because of Mirick O’Connell’s reputation in the community and in other states, the firm has developed strong relationships with many other professionals, including actuaries, doctors, accountants, economists, bankers, vocational experts, accident reconstruction experts, and engineers. These professionals provide pre-trial opinions and testify at trial. Their expert reports and testimony have resulted in many favorable settlements.

Because of the size of some settlements, Mirick O’Connell’s Personal Injury attorneys work closely with our Trusts and Estates Practice Group, as well as with tax experts, actuaries and nationally-known consultants, in the preparation of structured settlements. This type of settlement can provide clients with funds to cover a minor’s education expenses as well as lifetime income.

  • Obtained a $22.65 million judgment in a drunk driving case – this is reported to be the largest award ever for a Worcester County personal injury case.
  • Served as co-counsel for Drs. Sunil and Deborah Eappen in the well-publicized wrongful death case of Matthew Eappen v. Louise Woodard (British Nanny)
  • Volunteered legal services to obtain a $2.15 million award for a young boy who lost his father on September 11 onboard Flight 11

At Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, the personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the interests of injured people. As the largest law firm in Worcester, Massachusetts, we have the resources to go toe to toe with the biggest corporations and insurance companies to fight for our clients. We are completely committed to our clients. If you are unable to come to any of our three Massachusetts offices, we can travel to meet you, on your schedule. Once you become our client, whether you have been injured in a car accidenttruck accidentslip and fall, product liability, construction site accident, or other type of case, you will receive an unmatched level of personal service.

Our goal with every case is to maximize your recovery. Although most clients prefer to settle their case outside of court, we prepare every case to go to trial, and if the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement, we will be completely prepared for a trial.

Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should call a car accident attorney to bring a claim for you. In a car accident case, you will need to prove that the other side did something wrong- or was negligent- and that you were injured as a result. There are a number of things that a Massachusetts personal injury attorney may be able to prove that a driver did wrong, including distracted driving, texting while driving, unsafe lane changes, speeding, or violations of safety rules. Once it is proven that another driver caused a car accident, an injured person may be able to recover medical bills (even if they are already paid), lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Worcester personal injury attorneys have handled hundreds of car accident injury cases, and we have decades of experience in gathering evidence to make sure we do not leave any part of your recoverable damages on the table.

Trucking Accidents
Massachusetts is home to a large network of highways- The Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 93, Route 495, Route 3, Route 290, and Route 128 to name a few. With so many heavily traveled highways, it is little surprise that people are often seriously injured in Massachusetts trucking accidents. At Mirick O’Connell, our truck accident lawyers are able to hold unsafe truckers and trucking companies responsible for the life altering injuries they often cause. Because of the dangers that go along with unsafe truck driving, there are a number of state and federal regulations that truckers and their employers must follow. For example, truck drivers must observe the speed limit, they have mileage limits, are required to keep mileage logs, and the failure to do these things may be evidence that the driver was negligent. Often, we find that truck drivers break these laws repeatedly, and their employers do nothing about it. In cases like that, we may be able to prove that the company was negligent in the hiring or supervision of a truck driver, and the company may be responsible as well as the driver.

Premises Liability
In Massachusetts, the owner of a property has the responsibility to make sure the property is safe. Additionally, a business owner who invites people on to a property has that same responsibility. For example, property or business owners must make sure that exits are safe, stairs have proper handrails, merchandise is stacked and stored safely, and foreseeable crime is prevented. The Worcester premises liability attorneys at Mirick O’Connell have decades of experience in proving that the owner or operator of a premises was negligent, and getting victims of that negligence a substantial amount of money. Insurance companies and large corporations fight against paying slip and fall, trip and fall, negligent security, and other premises liability cases vigorously, so it is very important that you have an experienced, qualified Massachusetts premises liability attorney on your side to fight back.

Construction Accidents
Construction can be a dangerous line of work. Any business where workers are using dangerous machinery, working at height, working on ladders, and moving heavy equipment poses a serious risk of harm. That is why construction companies, general contractors, sub-contractors, and any person working on a construction site must observe safety standards that are designed to keep workers safe. In order to keep workers safe, there are a number of rules that construction companies must follow, including making sure equipment is safe, providing workers fall protection, and making sure qualified safety experts inspect scaffolding. Our Worcester construction accident lawyers at Mirick O’Connell represent people throughout Massachusetts that have been injured on construction sites. When a worker is injured on a construction site, there are a number of things that a construction attorney may help with, including the workers compensation claim, the personal injury claim, and a product liability claim. Our experienced attorneys may handle some or all of these claims at the same time, and make sure that injured workers have the best representation in all phases of their case.

Product Liability
As consumers, we have a reasonable expectation that the products we buy and use every day will be safe. When products like cars, toys, food, work equipment, and playground equipment are not made safely, people may be seriously injured. Before these dangerous products are released, manufacturers and sellers are required to make sure that the products are safely manufactured and designed. Of course, some products- like construction equipment- will come with some risk of danger, and in that case, manufacturers and sellers must guard against the danger and warn about it. Our Massachusetts product liability attorneys have decades of experience in representing people who have been seriously injured as a result of defective trucks, cars, e-cigarettes, metal on metal hips, and different types of machines used in factories and on construction sites.

Dog Bites
Massachusetts has a law of “strict liability” for dog bites, meaning that the dog owner or keeper will be held responsible for any injuries that their dog causes, unless a victim was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog, or was trespassing. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, you should contact a Massachusetts dog bite lawyer immediately. One critical step in pursuing a dog bite case is finding a source of insurance. An attorney can help with lining up insurance, as well as all other parts of the case, including making sure that the owner or keeper is held strictly liable, and making sure that all of the victim’s harms are properly accounted for and presented to the other side. In dog bite cases, there is often a significant scarring component. At Mirick O’Connell, we work with the best experts from around the country, including ones who may testify as to exactly how much a scar will damage a person throughout their lives. We ensure that a victim of a dog bite will be able to recover every one of their harms under the law.

 
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