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Recently, we wrote about the risks of parking lot accidents. However, parking lots are far from the only risks that come with the holiday shopping season.

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The risks of injury on commercial or retail property spike during the holiday shopping season for a variety of reasons. Winter weather brings the risk of ice, snow, standing water and wet or slippery floors. Overstocked shelves and displays create risk of being struck by overhead merchandise, which can result in very serious injuries. Crowds and short tempers can lead to falls, assaults, or other injury risks.

Black Friday has been particularly dangerous in recent years, as stores promote outrageous deals to draw large crowds. Employees and customers alike are at risk of injury. Nor do the risks abate once you return home. We bring more new products into our homes during the year-end holidays than at any other time of the year, making dangerous or defective products another common risk, particularly for children’s toys or products otherwise marketed to children. From Thanksgiving fryers to New Year’s Day fireworks, dangerous products are a much more common risk than many consumers would like to believe.

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An 18-year-old Bridgwater man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a Massachusetts car accident that killed four of his friends.

It’s a stark reminder of the risks as we head into the fall holiday season and the return of winter weather. These are tragic cases that change families’ lives forever. There is no adequate compensation for the loss of a child. And too often in these cases we see multiple deaths involving young relatives or close family friends. Our Boston injury lawyers urge you to talk at length with your young drivers, and to set clear rules and consequences when it comes to driving behavior. images-6

The Associated Press reports the teenager has been charged with manslaughter by motor vehicle, operating under the influence and motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation. Authorities say the young man was responsible for a May 19 crash in East Bridgewater that killed four teenagers from Stoughton High School. Prosecutors contend he lost control of his car while trying to pass another vehicle, causing it to roll over and strike a tree. Police also report finding marijuana at the scene.

Investigators are trying to determine cause of a gas explosion and series of fires that rocked parts of Massachusetts last week and are focusing on the safety procedures and preparedness of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

NBC News reports thousands were allowed to return to their Massachusetts homes over the weekend after a gas leak set dozens of homes on fire. At least one person was killed and 25 others were injured. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said some 8,600 gas meters and 15,000 power outages had been restored in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. FireFighters-300x200

The National Transportation Safety Board was on scene to investigate, and determined the explosion had been caused by excessive pressure in the system. Fourteen pressure regulators in the area receive gas at 75 psi and dispense it at .5 psi. Low pressure can cause outages and so the system is designed to compensate for low pressure situations by releasing more gas. Investigators are looking at whether a sensor attached to a gas line that was capped and being taken out of service could have contributed to the over-pressure situation. The NTSB reports gas flowed into homes at significantly higher pressures than was necessary. Investigators are still working to determine the cause.

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A recent report by the USA Today Network found the United States is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth.Injury Accident on Fairhaven Road

The investigation found 50,000 mothers are injured in child birth each year in the United States. More than 700 mothers die. About half the deaths and injuries could be prevented with basic safety practices that are routinely ignored, despite being the standard of care for a generation.

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Three years ago, a fan was attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in downtown Boston when she was hit by a part of a bat.  The bat was broken when swinging at a pitch, and this is something that happens on a somewhat regular basis during the game of baseball.

Boston Personal Injury This piece of the broken bat went flying into the crowd and made contact with a fan’s head, resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI).  While it is true there are signs posted warning fans to pay attention for objects leaving the field of play, and there are even announcements on the scoreboard before the game, these announcements often do little good when it comes to protecting defenseless spectators. Continue reading

Firefighters Rescue Woman and Child from Burning HomeEverett, MA (July 14, 2018) – A fire raging through a multi-family home unit on Friday left two firefighters and one resident with serious injuries.  Around 2:00 pm Friday, fire crews with the Everett Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire at the complex, located at 13 Morris Street.  Many residents were fleeing the complex as firefighters arrived.   The fire had originated from the basement, but quickly engulfed the entire building as fire personnel worked to extinguish the flames.

A woman trapped inside the building was rescued from the second floor.  She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries sustained in the fire.  Two firefighters suffered second and third degree burns in the rescue effort. One firefighter was treated and released later Friday while another remained hospitalized with serious injuries as of Saturday morning.

In total, 19 tenants were affected by the fire and have been displaced from their homes.  The American Red Cross is working with victims to help find temporary shelter.  Fire chief Tony Carli said they are investigating the cause of the fire.  At this time, it is believed that a faulty electrical panel is to blame.  Carli said that the department is looking into possible issues with building and fire codes which may have contributed to the fire occurring.

images-6Wellfleet, MA (July 14, 2018) – A serious crash is being reported on Route 6 in the Fresh Brook Area Saturday morning.  The crash was first reported just after 7:30 am. It is not clear what direction of the highway that the crash occurred.  The crash involves multiple vehicles, injuries and heavy damage.   First responders were on scene along with local police and fire officials who were working to clear the crash and steer oncoming traffic clear of the area.

This accident is an active scene and remains under investigation at this time.  No other information has been released, including the identify of any drivers involved the cause of the crash or whether the injuries sustained are life-threatening.  At this time, we have provided all details that we have.  Should further information regarding this crash become available we will share it with you.

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Worcester, MA (July 14, 2018) – Police in Worcester, Massachusetts received a call on Thursday regarding  a hit and run in the 1 block of Loxwood Avenue.  Police quickly responded to the call, which came in around 6:00 pm.  Upon their arrival to the scene, officers were able to confirm that a crash had just occurred in the area.  One victim was left behind at the crash site suffering from injuries that were sustained in the collision.

Officers requested a medical unit to respond to the 1 block of Loxwood and administer medical treatment.   First aid was given by EMTs.  The other individual involved in the crash decided not to stay and speak with police as the driver quickly left the scene of the crash.  Police have been unable to locate this driver as of the time this story is reported.  The driver will almost certainly face charges when and if they are located.  There is no word on the severity of the injuries sustained in the crash or the identify of those involved.

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images-1-3Worcester, MA (July 14, 2018) – Worcester Police were called to the scene of multiple injury accidents on Thursday evening, including one that took place in the 100 block of Moreland Street. The accident took place at around 7:00 pm.  Police on scene reported that multiple vehicles were involved in this accident.  Unfortunately, injuries were also associated with the crash, although the extent of injuries is not known at this time.

The police department investigation into this crash is still ongoing and there is no additional news to report regarding the identity of drivers or the cause of the crash.  We will bring you any additional information as it becomes available in the future.

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images-1-6-300x158Boston, MA (July 14, 2018) – Police in Boston responded to a vehicle crash Thursday morning on Harrison Avenue.  A call was received around 5:50 am requesting police response to the scene for an accident involving injuries.  Boston police officer Thomas Antonino was quickly dispatched to the crash scene.  Officer Antonino arrived on Harrison Avenue and began a crash investigation.  He discovered at least one person suffering from injuries inflicted in the accident and called for EMS to respond as well.

The injured victim was evaluated and treated on scene.  No word on their condition or identity at this time.  The Boston police have marked this accident for additional investigation and have not released a cause for the crash.

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