At this particular time of year, the weather experienced here in Quincy can bring with it certain safety hazards. Home and property owners are required to be cognizant of the threats that the aftereffects of rain and snow can produce on their premises. However, in many cases, if one does not expect to do much walking around his or her property or to receive visitors, the temptation may be there to simply ignore cleaning up after a storm or prolonged period of bad weather. However, the need to keep sidewalks, steps, and walkways clear is as much to accommodate unexpected visitors as anything.
Quincy residents who slip, fall, or suffer any form of an injury-sustaining accident on another person’s property likely know that if they believe negligence contributed to their plight, they may choose to bring a civil action against the property owner. However, such accidents do not always happen on private property. What if one injures him or herself on public or government land? Given that either the federal or state government is the property owner, can one still sue for compensation?
Some of the saddest cases that we have dealt with here at Giarrusso Norton Cooley and McGlone, P.C. are accidents involving children. If your child has been seriously injured or killed on another’s property or while in another’s care, you may wonder what sort of legal recourse you have to help compensate for your family’s suffering. In cases involving accidents on other people’s property, many often assume that if your child did not have permission to be near the hazard that ultimately caused his or her injuries, then the property owner is not responsible. However, that is not always the case.
Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 700,000 people are hospitalized across the country because they were injured in a fall. Now that autumn is here and winter is approaching, slip-and-fall conditions will start to become hazardous for Massachusetts residents.
Breaking down a premises liability case in Massachusetts usually involves identifying how the injured party ended up on the property. If the plaintiff is trespassing, the state gives very little legal protection. However, if the person had been legally on the property, there could be grounds for a lawsuit as long as there is some type of hazardous defect involved.
The term 'slip-and-fall" is often used to describe a common type of personal injury case in which a person has been injured after slipping or tripping on another person's property. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur indoors or outdoors, and they can happen on commercial property, residential property or government property.
Many readers in Massachusetts have likely enjoyed the attractions at Six Flags New England and emerged from the park unharmed. Four individuals at the amusement park giant's Magic Mountain in California were somewhat less fortunate on July 7 when the Ninja, a suspended roller coaster with a top speed of 55 mph, struck a fallen pine tree, derailing the front car in which they were riding and causing them to suffer minor injuries.
Football fans in Massachusetts might be interested in learning about the dangers of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a staph bacterium resistant to several antibiotics. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 percent of Americans carry the germ, which can live virtually undetected in the skin or on the nose. If the germ enters a scrape or a cut, an infection causes the skin around it to become swollen, red and painful.
A ten-year-old boy sustained a serious leg injury on Aug. 30 when he was hit by a train on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Fitchburg/South Acton line. According to police officers, the boy was struck close to the end of First Street in Fitchburg at around 6 pm.
Portable defibrillators possess the capability of saving thousands of lives annually in the United States, including in Massachusetts, if the devices were made available to bystanders, to individuals witnesses a person suffering from cardiac arrest. At the present time in the United States, there is no agreement among the states about appropriate rules for the use of these devices, technically known as automated external defibrillators.