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Negligence / Other Torts in Boston

The law of Negligence requires that a person acts in a manner that conforms to a certain standard of conduct. Where a person's actions do not conform to this standard, the law requires the person to compensate someone who is hurt, or injured as a result. In some instances, the law of negligence also covers a person's failure to act.

If you need legal advice on any personal injury issue in Boston, including general negligence or another tort action, you should speak to a Boston Personal Injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys often offer free consultations and often take cases on contingency, which means that you will not be expected to pay attorney fees unless you receive a favorable verdict or a settlement.

Recently in Negligence / Other Torts in Boston:

Who's Responsible for Construction Accidents?

A construction accident at 45 Stuart Street left three people injured after a partial building collapse.

The twelfth floor of a 33-story building under construction collapsed down to the fifth floor, according to Boston's WBZ-TV.

If the injured construction workers file personal injury lawsuits, who may be responsible for the construction accident damages?

    Good Samaritan Laws: What Are They?

    The Massachusetts Senate approved amendments to the state's good Samaritan laws that extends legal protections to off-duty police, firefighters, and emergency personnel who intervene in emergencies.

    Now the changes await final approval and a signature by Governor Deval Patrick, according to State House News Service.

    If the governor approves the amendments, it'll affect the current good Samaritan laws in Massachusetts. But what are Good Samaritan laws?

    How Much Is a Truck Accident Case Worth?

    Before pursuing legal action following a truck accident, it's important to ask yourself how much your case is worth.

    A number of factors go into determining the amount of money you can obtain if you sue the party or parties responsible for your injuries.

    Here are five ways to help determine how much your truck accident case is worth:

    Woman Crushed to Death in Drawbridge Accident

    A tragic accident at the Meridian Street drawbridge crushed a woman and killed her.

    The woman was crossing the drawbridge when it began rising for a boat. When the drawbridge was raised, the woman fell and was crushed by the bridge, according The Boston Herald.

    Although officials are classifying the death as an accident, Boston's Public Works Department could be liable for the woman's death.

    State Trooper Suspended After Fatal Crash

    A Boston state trooper has been suspended without pay indefinitely, after having been charged with killing both a mother and daughter last month in a head-on car crash in Plymouth. John Basler, 25, also injured himself in the crash, reports the Boston Herald.

    The accident occurred on the night of September 22. Basler was also charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OUI), and his license has been suspended.

    What other legal concerns might be raised from this incident? Here are some possibilities:

    5 Dangerous Teen Trends All Parents Should Know About

    Dangerous teen trends stir up a range of reactions from parents: concern, confusion, and eyerolls. But remember, if your kids end up partaking in a series of ill-advised YouTube challenges, you're the one who may end up on the hook. If any of your children's friends get hurt from a #dumbteenchallenge gone wrong, you could be on the hook for that, too.

    Here are five dangerous teen trends all parents should know about:

    Using Criminal Convictions in Civil Cases

    Civil cases are based on injury and harm. They form an area of law known as “torts,” but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely separate from crimes.

    Legally, the two are separate. Personal injury claims fall under Part III of the Massachusetts General Laws while criminal cases fall under Part IV. But often criminal cases give rise to civil claims.

    That’s because a criminal prosecution doesn’t directly benefit the victim. So when a crime results in injury that racks up medical costs and other bills, a civil case is the best option.

    But the outcome of the criminal case can have a big impact.

    Multiple Defendants? Joint and Several Liability is the Answer

    If Bobby and Billy are driving down Massachusetts Avenue and both of their cars hit Susie's van while she's making a left turn, who has to pay for the damage?

    It's a trick question. They can both be liable under joint and several liability.

    While it's comforting to know that you can hold multiple people accountable for your injuries, the details of how it works can get complicated. How do you divide the damage or determine who owes what? And what if one person can't pay the bill? Don't worry, the answers will soon be made clear.

    Damage From Fallen Tree Branches: Who's Responsible?

    Winter Storm Nemo has come and gone, but its effects will be felt for a while. Even after the snow melts, the wind damage to trees all over New England means branches and boughs are down everywhere.

    For many, that means roof damage or downed power lines as well. But who is legally responsible?

    It's not just a hypothetical question. Unless you want to pay the costs of repair out of pocket, it's time to figure out who is required to pay and how to get the money.

    Are You Assuming the Risk of a Sports Inury?

    Whether you're playing sports or watching the action in person, there's always the risk of an injury. A stray ball, a dangerous play, an overexcited fan... these things happen.

    The problem is that after an injury you're stuck with the medical bills. To ease your burden, you could ask the person who hurt you to help you out with the costs. If they refuse to do that, you could file a lawsuit so they don't get away with being stingy.

    Or can you?

    Turns out, when it comes to sports injuries, you might be prevented from filing that suit.