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Snow and Ice. Slip and Fall.

Winter in Massachusetts is a time of snow, ice and even hail. Property owners need to be aware of the potential liability they face if they fail to adequately address snow and ice, which can cause slip and fall injuries.  In 2010, the MA Supreme Court decided that the same obligation that a property owner owes to lawful visitors as to all other hazards will apply to hazards arising from snow and ice.  The property

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Massachusetts law: Can I make a claim if I am partially at fault?

Massachusetts law uses a rule called comparative fault when determining financial damages in a personal injury case. In effect, a determination will be made regarding what percentage of fault is assigned to the victim of an injury as well as the fault assigned to the person believed to be at fault for the injury. Practical application of comparative fault For most people, it is a challenge to understand comparative fault. Therefore it is typically helpful

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Premises Liability and Understanding Property Owners’ Legal Duty to Prevent Injury

Property Owners’ Legal Duty to Prevent Injury When someone owns property that person has what’s called a legal duty to prevent injury. In many instances it’s referred to simply as liability. What that means is a property owner, whether it’s a homeowner or a business owner, is expected to take reasonable precautions to make sure people on his or her property do not incur an accident or get injured in ways that could have been

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Accidents – What Cyclists Need To Know

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to find a lawyer that has experience in handling this particular type of case.  Juries and insurance companies can often be unfair in motorcycle accident cases. As it is all across the U.S., motorcyclists in Massachusetts suffer from a disproportionate number of accidents and injuries, despite following almost all of the same road regulations as other drivers. Per mile traveled, motorcyclists have a

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Massachusetts Work Related Injuries

Massachusetts workers who are injured on the job often do not know where to turn if the insurer rejects their claim. There were nearly 70,000 workplace related injuries and illnesses in Massachusetts last year according to a report that was compiled with help from several agencies including Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s office. What happens after an accident or reported injury Employees have an obligation to report workplace injuries and illnesses to their

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Swimming Pool Accidents In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts the owner of a private pool, either as an individual, corporation or perhaps part of a club or association, or the manager of a semi-public or a pool open to the public, are responsible for knowing the regulations and laws regarding pool safety. Massachusetts code states that residential pool owners must have a barrier covering their pool when not in use, and the pool should have self-closing gates. Massachusetts has its own rules

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Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, when you’re injured in an auto accident, your insurance policy’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage should pay your medical bills and other expenses, but those aren’t the only benefits you’re entitled to recover. If you sustain an injury, an experienced personal injury attorney can also negotiate a settlement for damages due to your pain, suffering, any permanent disabilities, and lost wages. Knowing your rights under the law from the outset of your accident

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Massachusetts Law and the Bicyclist

Every year there are thousands of bicycle accidents in Massachusetts and many involve serious personal injury. Bicycle riding has become a mainstream form of transportation and as more and more people take their cycling to the busy streets of Massachusetts more accidents are bound to occur. For overall safety, it is important to understand the law as it pertains to bicycling in Massachusetts. With the exception of highways where signs prohibit bike riding, you are

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Personal Injury Caused By A Dog Attack

Massachusetts laws state that if an animal causes bodily injury or injury to property, the owner, or guardian of the owner, should they be a minor, is deemed responsible. The exception to the rule states that if the attacked occurred in response to the victim taunting, teasing, or abusing the animal, or while the victim was unlawfully trying to enter the animal owner’s property, than the owner may not be held accountable for the animal’s

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Proving Fault in Personal Injury Cases: The Complexities of Comparative Negligence

Proving fault in Massachusetts personal injury cases, such as a car accident, can be complex. Almost any type of accident can potentially have multiple people involved who may or may not be to blame. Trying to find who those people are and what their role was in the accident may also be a major challenge. Regardless, with some investigative work, there may be helpful evidence available.  Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced personal

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