Things You Should Know About Massachusetts Slip and Fall Injuries

This is another area of the law that is very case specific. You should always call to discuss the specific issues regarding your slip and fall. Here are a few things you should know about slip and falls: In Massachusetts, there is no liability for a slip and fall caused by the natural accumulation of snow and ice. It does not matter if the property owner didn’t plow the parking lot or if they did a poor job plowing, if  the snow or ice is there naturally, there is no cause of action. However, if the snow or ice is there due to some unnatural event, such as pumping water out of a basement, there is a cause of action. if the snow or ice covers a defect in the property, there may also be a cause of action. To prove that a property owner is negligent it must be shown that there was an unreasonably dangerous condition and that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the condition and that the property owner failed to use reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the condition and that your injuries were caused by the incident. I often use the following examples to explain the proof needed: Let’s say you are at a restaurant and get up to head to the bathroom. On your way, someone knocks over a glass of water just as you are walking by and you slip and fall. In this case, the property owner is not negligent because they didn’t have any notice of a dangerous condition. However, if the glass of water had...

Top Ten Tips Regarding Divorce and Family Law

Never believe your spouse or spouse’s attorney concerning your rights and the law! Your spouse’s attorney does not represent you. A modification of the divorce judgment takes longer, is more difficult to obtain, and more expensive than doing it right the first time. Even if you don’t hire me, get an attorney or at least hire an attorney to review any paperwork on your behalf. Never accept an agreement for child support that is not entered as an order or judgment of the court. An agreement outside the court cannot be enforced by the court and usually ends up not being paid by the person offering it. It is a tactic often used to delay financial responsibility as you will then need to file for divorce or support to get an enforceable order. The best interests of the child are always the court’s foremost interest, but a judge has limited time and ability to explore the facts in a motion session. If you are seeking to prevent visitation, you need every bit of supporting information to back up your claim. Simply telling the judge that the other party drinks too much will not do. You need evidence such as DCF reports, past criminal complaints, restraining orders, doctor’s notes, and school records, etc. If you anticipate or discover your spouse is untruthful in their financial disclosures, have the employment records subpoenaed to court prior to the hearing. Planning your day in court is key. You must know what arguments you are going to present and gather the supporting evidence. A case strategy is an absolute must. The court will impose...