Articles Posted in Premises Liability

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Adam-Becker

Adam Becker
508-822-2000
ABecker@KechesLaw.com

Under the law of premises liability, landlords and tenants may be held responsible for injuries that occur on their property.  Whether the landlord or the tenant will be held responsible for a particular injury will depend on the facts of the accident and, in some cases, the contract or lease between the landlord and tenant.

Types of accidents that may give rise to liability for a landlord or tenant include those which involve injuries caused by the use of faulty building materials or by building materials that have become deteriorated over time as well as by poor construction or design.  Liability may also attach to a landlord if someone is injured due to tripping and falling over clutter, debris or garbage in common areas of the property.  Another common type of accident that would give rise to a claim against a landlord or tenant would be a slip and fall accident involving ice in a parking lot, walkway or stairway or from moisture on a floor.

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On March 1, 2017, at 10 Milk Street in Downtown Boston, a member of the Boston Police Department was struck by debris falling from construction-related scaffolding.  The police officer was working a detail when the falling debris struck his head and shoulder, causing a large laceration (or cut) to his head, and potentially breaking his collar bone.  Reports of the accident indicate that although the officer was taken to a hospital from the scene of the accident, he was okay and his injuries were not severe. [http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/03/01/police-officer-injured-falling-scaffolding-boston/]

A twitter user and local Bostonian tweeted this picture [https://twitter.com/AlisonTBoston/status/837011997837377536] in the wake of the accident.  In the bottom right hand corner, you can see the truck where scaffolding was being loaded or unloaded.

According to a commenter to the UniversalHub.com headline for the accident, the entire job site was unsafe from start to finish.  “I couldn’t believe how cavalier they were being with their safety and ours,” said user Kaz, on March 1, 2017 at 4:12pm.    [http://www.universalhub.com/2017/scaffolding-falls-milk-street#comments.]  As that commenter described it, the contractors and scaffolding company had “no protections up anywhere and one guy about 10 feet up was KICKING a steel I-beam across the scaffold into place right up against the edge along the sidewalk where pedestrians were still being allowed to pass (myself included).”  The UniversalHub.com user, Kaz, seemed to be talking about his or her experience at the accident site from the day before the accident actually occurred; this could indicate an ongoing lack of safety or supervision on the jobsite.

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Ryan P. Kelley
(508) 738-2627
RKelley@kecheslaw.com

A Brief Overview of the Standards for Snow and Ice Cases in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut

As the weather begins its cold turn and the ice starts to claim our windshields, you may find yourself wondering to what extent can a landlord or commercial tenant be liable in the event you slip and fall on snow or ice and injure yourself on their property.  Below is a brief overview of the duties imposed on property owners/commercial tenants in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Whether you have a case against a city, town or a state is not addressed in this blog.  Please be advised that cases against cities, towns or states often have strict, statutory prerequisites to the bringing of a claim and you should consult an attorney as soon as possible in the event you have been injured due to snow and ice in an area controlled by a city, town or state.

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Adam Becker 508-822-2000 ABekcker@KEchesLaw.com

Adam Becker
508-822-2000
ABekcker@KEchesLaw.com

Preserving the Evidence (A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words)

We have all heard the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  But what does it really mean and how is it relevant to the practice of personal injury law.

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Adam Becker 508-822-2000 ABekcker@KEchesLaw.com

Adam Becker
508-822-2000
ABecker@KechesLaw.com

Swimming Pool Injuries

Now that summer is here and the temperatures are heading north of 90 degrees, everyone is heading to the beach, pool or lake to cool off with friends and family.