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Failure to clear ice and snow from your property may result in liability if someone falls or is otherwise injured this winter.

Many property and business owners may still be under the impression that Massachusetts law does not hold them accountable for injuries resulting from failure to remove ice and snow from sidewalks, parking lots or other locations on their property. However, a landmark 2010 ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Papadopoulos v. Target Corp., changed Massachusetts snow-removal law for the first time in more than a century.


The ruling rejected long-held common law, which generally held property owners were not responsible for injuries created by naturally accumulated ice and snow. In the court’s opinion, Justice Ralph Gants wrote it  “is not reasonable for a property owner to leave snow or ice on a walkway where it is reasonable to expect that a hardy New England visitor would choose to risk crossing the snow or ice, rather than turn back or attempt an equally or more perilous walk around it.’’

These are complex cases involve state law, and municipal ordinances and are best handled by an experienced Boston injury lawyer. Additionally, the law makes a distinction between naturally accumulated snow and ice and dangerous conditions that contribute to winter-weather risks.

While there is no set mandate regarding how quickly snow and ice must be removed under state law, many communities have passed snow-removal ordinances that include time limits. In most cases, liability extends to public sidewalks in front of a business or residence.

For example:

  • City of Boston gives business just three hours. Residents are given six hours.
  • Worcester’s ordinance states removal must occur within 12 hours.


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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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Stoughton Police Looking for Vehicle Seen Driving Away from CrashSalem, MA (July 14, 2018) –  A two car hit and run accident took place in Salem, Massachusetts on Friday and resulted in injuries to at least one driver.  The accident happened at 1:57 pm in the 400 block of Highland Avenue. Salem Police responded to the scene and began investigating the crash.

When police arrived, they discovered a two car crash had just occurred at this location. Unfortunately, only one of the drivers remained on scene to speak with police and assist in their investigation as the other driver quickly fled the scene of the collision prior to officers’ arrival.   Salem police have not said how the accident occurred, or which driver was at fault for the crash.  One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.  No word at this time on the identity of the drivers at this time.  The accident is pending further investigation and charges are expected to be filed once the hit and run driver can be apprehended.

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download-3-4Weymouth, MA (July 10, 2018) – Police in Weymouth received a call at approximately 8:00 pm on Monday concerning an accident that had just occurred on Norton Street.  The accident, which involved multiple vehicles, left at least one person with injuries.  Police and other emergency officials responded to the crash.  Once there, they located the injured victim.  Medical treatment was given on scene and the victim was later taken to South Shore Hospital for further treatment.

Police blocked the affected area while they investigated the crash.  Officers took statements from those on scene and completed a crash report.  There is no initial word on the cause of this collision.  The extent of injuries is also unknown at this time.  Police are still investigation but did not issue any citations in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

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download-4-1Worcester, MA (July 5, 2018) – There were a lot of fireworks in Worcester for the July 4th holiday.  Unfortunately, not all of these fireworks were the kind that people want to see.

A hit and run crash with injury was reported to Worcester police around 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 4th.  The crash happened in the 1 block of Maywood Street involving two vehicles of an unknown description.  Officers are actively searching for the hit and run driver but had been unable to locate them as of Thursday morning.

One person did receive injuries in the hit and run crash.  The nature of the injuries and the extent of those injuries have not been available.  Criminal charges against the other driver are pending at this time.  This accident remains under investigation.

Vehicle Accident on Plantation StreetWorcester, MA (July 5, 2018) – The July 4th holiday was not very festive for some Worcester residents who were involved in a crash on Crompton Street Wednesday afternoon.  The crash occurred around 4:00 pm in the 1 block of Crompton and involved two vehicles.  Police have not provided a description of the vehicles, nor have they given a cause for the collision, however, they have confirmed that injuries were sustained in the accident.

Medical personnel also responded to the scene of crash in response to the initial reports of injuries.  At this time, the condition of the injured has not been updated.  However, we do not believe that any life-threatening injuries were suffered in this crash.  The accident remains under investigation.  There is no word on whether any charges will be issued as a result.

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download-3-1Worcester, MA (July 5, 2018) – One of many accident calls on Wednesday came in to Worcester police around 2:00 pm.  This call came from the 1 block of Plantation Street in reference to a personal injury accident occurring in the area.  Although authorities have not released a description of the vehicles involved in the crash, it has been confirmed that at least one person suffered injuries as a result.  The condition of the injured person is unknown.

Police conducted an accident investigation but have not released any of their findings as of Thursday morning.  This case is filed with the Worcester Police Department under complaint number 2018000073162.   No further details are available.

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images-1Lowell, MA (July 5, 2018) – A car struck a home in Lowell, Massachusetts on Tuesday resulting in injuries to one person.  The collision happened on Bridge Street around 11:00 pm.

According to Lowell Fire Captain Paul Laferriere, the vehicle traveled off the roadway for an unknown reason and crashed into the home.  It is unknown if the home was occupied at the time of the crash.  Police and EMS responded to the crash.  The driver was transported to a local hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Lowell police have not released any additional information on this crash or what may have caused the driver leave the road and crash into the house.  They say that more details will be available after the written crash report is filed.

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