Massachusetts Legal Blog
The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that 2018 is going to be a very snowy year in Massachusetts. While that may be great news for snowboarders and snowmen-builders, it could be treacherous for residents just trying to get through it to run errands or visit a friend.
So what responsibilities do property owners have when it comes to clearing ice and snow from their properties? And how can residents keep themselves, and others, safe? Read the rest »
A 21-year-old man from Ghent, N.Y., was hiking with his girlfriend when he slipped on a rock and was sent falling to his death below a waterfall at Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington. Days later, his body was located through the use of an underwater camera; however, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless initially determined that the body was unrecoverable based on the location. After several days, the body ultimately was retrieved from a crevice beneath the water.
Bash Bish Falls is home to the highest waterfall in the state. It is located next to Mount Washington State Forest, which is in the southwest corner of Massachusetts. When things go very wrong in a park or lake, is someone legally responsible? Read the rest »
In our last blog, we went over tips to keep you safe on the streets, whether you are driving a vehicle or sharing the road with them. Safety doesn’t stop once you set foot in your home. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make your home safer for yourself and everyone who lives there. Read the rest »
During the holiday season, the winter weather creates possibly dangerous surface conditions. Snow and ice can make sidewalks, parking lots, entryways, and flights of stairs potential settings for injuries. Those who own, control, or possess property can be subjected to civil liability when other parties are harmed within their property. This liability can apply to an owner of uninhabited land, to residential property owners, as well as businesses. In Massachusetts, such cases are heard by the District Courts if the monetary damages are unlikely to exceed $25,000, or the Superior Courts if likely to exceed that threshold.
Slipping and falling in a grocery store, workplace, or retail store may seem innocent. The fall is innocent until the pain becomes a serious injury, such as a broken bone, that leads to life long repercussions. Read the rest »
Some Massachusetts residents might not be aware that personal injury suits can be applicable in instances when one is hurt at a party or event. Premises liability claims allow one to hold a property owner responsible when accidents happen while on the property. Read the rest »
It’s common to see snow or ice-covered staircases this time of year. Most people do their best to clean their properties and keep thoroughfares safe. However, there are occasions when Massachusetts property owners fail to exercise their due diligence. Perhaps they waited too long to clear the area or didn’t clean it well enough. Maybe they forgot to install or maintain a proper handrail. Read the rest »
Slip and fall accidents are usually something one would consider to be a problem only business owners face. However, in the state of Massachusetts, there are actually laws in place that every property owner should be aware of. These rules are also something that someone should understand if they suffer a slip and fall accident. For these reasons, learning more about these rules is an important part of remaining compliant in the event of one of these types of accidents. Read the rest »
Massachusetts premises liability law is a type of personal injury law in which a property owner may be liable for accidents and injuries that occur on his or her property. Simply put, premises (a rented apartment or a commercial establishment are examples) must be well maintained, so they are safe to use and will not cause an accident. Read the rest »
Anyone who has experienced an unexpected fall likely knows of the potential injuries that could result. Often, people are who are injured in a slip and fall accident as a result of a property owner’s negligence require extensive medical treatment. Fortunately, the Burlington premises liability attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. can help victims in Massachusetts ensure that those responsible for such an accident are held accountable. Read the rest »
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