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As we head into the winter months, the weather will turn colder and snow and ice will begin to accumulate on  streets, sidewalks, and parking lots across the Greater Boston area.  While this often creates a picturesque scene, we also see a major increase in the number of slip-and-fall accidents due to that ice and snow.  The main question is whether the adjacent property owner or leaseholder, or both, are liable for the plaintiff’s injuries in connection with these Boston snow and ice injury cases.

Popadopoulos v. Target Corporation

Boston personal injury lawyerPrior to the court’s decision in Popadopoulos v. Target Corporation, a landlord or lease holder was only potentially liable for injuries caused by accumulated snow and ice if the accumulation did not occur due to natural conditions.  For example, if a snowstorm brought several inches of snow to the area, many parking lots would be covered with snow.  This snow might melt partially during the day and then freeze over resulting in very icy conditions.  Continue reading

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as American families increasingly rely on dual incomes, childcare outside the home is the norm. In a typical week, 61 percent of children under 5 were in some type of regular child care arrangement, whether with a relative or in a daycare center.

We trust these individuals and facilities to provide the very best care for our children. At the very least, we expect them to keep our children safe. In fact, by taking on a supervisory role, they have  a legal duty to use reasonable care in shielding children from foreseeable harm.

Unfortunately, this is not always, and Boston day care injuries are far too common.

Boston personal injuryThis is not to say that all accidents are the result of someone’s negligence, as children are after all children, and some accidents cannot be prevented. However, children cannot, by virtue of their age and inexperience, be expected to foresee all possible dangers. It is negligence if a foreseeable danger existed and the daycare worker or caregiver failed to take action to mitigate that risk. And of course, child abuse at a daycare center is not only criminal, it is a legal breach of duty of care, and may be actionable in civil court.  Continue reading

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Jury selection can be very crucial element in Boston slip-and-fall accident litigation. The best injury attorneys know the extensive research that goes into this process, and how to be most effective to maximize the potential for success in trial.

In 2016, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant in a slip-and-fall case in Boston. This case involved a 59-year-old marketing consultant who was walking on a side walk on Somerset Street in Boston.  She was walking next to a shopping center when she slipped on ice and fell.  She alleged that the fall resulted in serious injuries to her lower back as well as her left ankle.  She sued the defendant store owner, landowner and related entities.

Slip and Fall BostonIn many jurisdictions, there is a distinction between the reason plaintiff was on the property in terms of the duty of care owed to plaintiff, if any, and this can greatly effect whether the plaintiff has a valid personal injury claim. These distinctions don’t exist in Boston.

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There are many fun and exciting things to do in Boston throughout the year, but in some cases, engaging in these activities could result in serious personal injury. As we head into the fall, there will be people doing all kinds of outdoor activities, such as going to apple orchards, taking hayrides at local pumpkin patch and attending sporting events.  However, even these seemingly safe activities could result in serious personal injury if there is any negligence on behalf of the event organizers or property owners.

Boston personal injuryAccording to a recent news article from ESPN News, a young girl was seriously injured at Yankee Stadium when she was hit in face with a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier.  The young girl was sitting in the lower level seating area when the ball hit her in the face.  Using this season’s new technology that measures the hit speed of every batted ball, they were able to determine that the baseball was traveling at 105 miles-per-hour when it came off the bat.  Continue reading

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With the winter months approaching, many in New England including Massachusetts will head to the slopes for a day or weekend ski trip.  While this can be a lot of fun, it can also result in serious personal injury or even death.  There is no question that skiing has inherent risks, but that should not excuse a ski resort from liability.Boston Injury Lawyer

One thing that may limit the chances of recovery in a personal injury lawsuit is the waiver of liability most skiers are presented with when they get a lift ticket. The reason we use the term presented with, is because they do not often require skiers to actually sign anything.  Instead, they say when you put the lift ticket on the zipper of your ski parka, you have effectively accepted the terms of the waiver. In many cases, the waivers will include a complete waiver of any liability on behalf of the ski area operators.  This waiver can be very inclusive, and may even go so far as to include a waiver of liability for intentional conduct on behalf of employees. Continue reading

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People often hear the term statute of limitations on television shows such as “Law and Order” when dealing with criminal cases, but rarely think of the statute of limitations terms of civil cases.  While this makes for very exciting television, the reality is that in the real world, the opposite is generally true.  Many crimes do not have a statute of limitation meaning that a person could be on the run for decades and still be tried when they return to the proper jurisdiction.

Boston Medical MalpracticeEven if a person does not return, they can often be arraigned when they are not present to toll the statute of limitation sand  stop the clock.  On the one hand, in civil case, the statute of limitations is very much a big deal, and while there are certain exceptions for people who are incapacitate for one or more reasons, the law can be very unforgiving when dealing with statutes of limitations. Continue reading

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If you have ever been treated at a hospital, you may have had to be escorted to the exit of the hospital in a wheelchair following your discharge even though you were perfectly capable of walking. The reason they do this is because they do not want to be liable if you trip and fall your way out.

Boston medical MalpracticeThere have been many incidents over the years where someone was walking down a hospital corridor and slipped and fell.  In some cases, these patients were seriously injured in the fall accident. Continue reading

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As summer comes to a close and the weather turns colder, Boston tends to get a lot of ice and snow on the sidewalks and in front of businesses. This means we can expect to see a lot of slip and fall accidents. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the law operates somewhat differently than many other states and there have been some fairly recent case decisions from the Supreme Judicial Court that affect liability. The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), is our state supreme court.

Boston personal injury lawyer One major case in the Commonwealth is Papadopoulos v. Target Corporation 457 Mass. 368. In Papadopoulos, a case involving negligence for slip and fall accidents involving snow and ice removal, the court addressed whether there must be a natural or unnatural accumulation of snow and ice. Prior to this case, there was such a distinction, but the court abolished this distinction with respect to slip and fall premises liability in snow and ice cases. Continue reading

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If a child suffers abuse or neglect at a daycare facility, there is a high likelihood police will be called. This could be because the parents called the police, but the manager at a daycare center is also a mandated reporter and must contact the police.  The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) typically gets involved, and it may result in charges being filed against the daycare staff member or manager/owner responsible for the alleged child abuse and neglect.

Boston Personal Injury However, charges may not be filed right away.  The police and DCF may first wish to conduct and investigation.  This can include interviewing witnesses, reviewing camera footage at the daycare, examining medical records pertaining to the child, as well as speaking with parents and the child if the child is old enough to communicate. Continue reading

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There was a time when it seemed like nothing would stop the increase in football’s popularity in America. However, recent years have involved a better understanding of the serious risk of head injury the sport poses. From the professional leagues down to Pop Warner, there have been studies and anecdotes highlighting the potential dangers. We have a better understanding of concussion and traumatic brain injury occurrences in the sport, leading many parents to disavow the sport, refusing to let their child play.

It is true there is a certain level of assumed risk that comes with playing football. Some may even argue injuries are part of the game. But when serious injuries occur in a football game – or more likely, in practice – the question is who may be held liable?

Boston personal injuryThere are many incidents that can be attributed to the negligence of a coach or staff, setting the stage for a personal injury lawsuit. These incidents can range from heat stroke (allowing players to practice too long outdoors without adequate water, shade or rest) to traumatic brain injuries. Such occurrences can have a damaging and lasting effect on youth and their families. Where coaches, schools, staff or others had a duty of care to try to prevent such injuries, they may be held to account. Continue reading