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It’s summer fun and sun and vacation time.  Vacationers from Peabody, Danvers, Saugus, Salem, Lynn and Wakefield are taking their activities outside to enjoy the balmy breezes and dry pleasant air.  Kids of all ages are pedaling the bike paths and rail trials all over the North Shore. Motorists are enjoying the scenery, taking day trips to the beautiful sandy beaches and strolling the outdoor shopping centers, such as the Lynnfield Market Street.  The North Shore in the summertime is abundant with tourists and residents appreciating all that Massachusetts and the North Shore have to offer.  Unfortunately, along with the crowds enjoying outdoor activities, comes the potential for accidents.  If you are injured while participating in a summer activity, you should consider speaking with an experienced injury lawyer.

commerce-acts-books-477966-mBicycle accidents, car accidents or slips and falls can cause serious injuries, medical expenses and lost time at work.  Talking to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney could go a long way towards getting you a fair settlement for your injuries.  If you have severe injuries, expensive medical bills, or significant loss of wages because of your injuries from an accident, you should consult with a lawyer who practices in the areas of accident and injury law.  Some personal injury lawyers may focus on one area of personal injury in particular, such as slip and fall accidents or car accidents or wrongful death.  One good way to find an experienced accident attorney is by referral, another is to speak with family and friends or search the internet to see what other people have to say about the attorney that you are considering.

If you have an injury from an accident and seek compensation from the wrongdoer, you can expect them to have a lawyer or trained claim handler to review and respond.  This person is not looking out for you.  Rather, they may be trying to trick you into saying something that can be misinterpreted or taken out of context and then be used to reduce or deny your claim.  Level the playing field, don’t wait, get your own skilled lawyer to help as soon as you can.

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After a day of feasting and football (will the Lions ever be good?), Americans will gear up for a day filled with holiday shopping—Black Friday.  The stores at the North Shore Mall, the Burlington Mall, the Square One Mall, and Lynnfield Market Street have been advertising deals for weeks and folks will begin lining up at the doors once Thanksgiving dinner is finished.  Shopping on Black Friday has become a family tradition for many, with the anticipation of saving money on Holiday gifts.  Finding that special bargain is part of the fun.  With some stores it even starts on Thanksgiving night, goodness!

commerce-acts-books-477966-mAlong with the excitement of Black Friday comes an increased risk of accidents.  Mall parking lots will be swamped with pedestrians, shopping carts, frenzied drivers, children of all ages and sizes excited for the holiday, and cars searching for parking spots near the mall entrances.  The potential for accidents sky rockets.  According to Progressive Insurance, parking related accidents increase 36.5% on Black Friday.  Progressive reports that rear-ending someone or getting rear-ended, accounts for 12.57% of claims; hitting a parked car or having your parked car hit by someone else, totals 11.13% of claims; and backing into another car or having your car backed into, accounts for 7.68% of claims.  Not only are car accidents an issue but the potential for slip and falls in parking lots increases too.  It is not unusual in Massachusetts to experience inclement weather around Thanksgiving and some years it has been cold enough for ice and snow on walkways and parking areas; which means an increased risk for slips and falls and car accidents.  To help avoid accidents, wear winter footwear and be aware of changing conditions.  Black ice is not unheard of on Black Friday.

After safely getting past the hazards in the parking lots on Black Friday, the shopping starts.  Now begins the potential for accidents while meandering in the mall or price checking in the stores.  When stores first open on Black Friday, there is also the risk of overly enthusiastic shoppers who have been waiting to get started since the early hours of the morning.  When those doors open it’s possible that someone could be injured in a stampede to get to the special sale items.  According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, retailers should practice crowd management during known busy shopping days such as Black Friday to avoid any accidents.  Slip and fall accidents are also prevalent in stores.  Wet floors (if the weather is bad), large crowds, pushing or shoving can all lead to slips and falls.  Head and body injuries from careless elbows or falling merchandise can be serious and ruin the holidays with unexpected pain, discomfort and doctor visits.

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“By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” (Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 4, scene 1, 44–49).

Salem, on the North Shore of Massachusetts, is the ideal place for celebrating Halloween.  Throughout the North Shore more and more people are enjoying the autumn weather and Salem has become an increasingly popular destination for those wishing to celebrate the traditions of Halloween.  During the month of October, the history of the Salem Witch Trials collides with the hauntingly spectacular traditions of costumes and trick or treating. There is even a lawsuit just filed in the Essex County Superior Court in Salem where a witch is suing a warlock!

commerce-acts-books-477966-mMeanwhile, children and adults alike are looking forward to donning their costumes for Halloween and heading out to the neighborhoods of the North Shore for some trick or treating fun.  When out and about on October 31st be sure to take precautions and keep the night safe and avoid accidents for yourself and the little goblins out there.

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Swimming pool season on the North Shore and throughout Massachusetts is short. Still there are plenty of hot summer days where a dip in the pool is a great way to cool off. If you are hurt or injured while using someone’s swimming pool, you may be entitled to recover for your damages, including medical costs, lost work and pain and suffering.

commerce-acts-books-477966-mMassachusetts has laws requiring that swimming pool owners secure their pool with a structurally strong, adequate fence. The fence can be decorative, attractive, basic, fancy, for privacy or protection; but it must close and latch and prevent children and adults from accidentally getting in to the pool area and getting into an accident in the pool. A home owner has a duty to protect friends and family and also a duty to protect strangers and sometimes even trespassers from injury. Swimming pool owners need to have a secure strong fence to protect against accidents. It’s good common sense and it’s the law.

According to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services website:

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Not long ago, Angela Sarkisian joined her girlfriends for a bachelorette party at the Boston nightclub, Liquor Store.  The Liquor Store included a wooden dance floor, two bars on the dance floor and to the rear of the dance floor, two steps leading to the lounge area.  Guests were permitted to bring drinks onto the dance floor.

As the night progressed, the club became busy and the dance floor crowded.  The lighting was dim and strobe lights flashed on the dance floor.

Around 1:30 AM (oh to be young) Angela went in search of friends and walked up the two steps to the lounge area.  Not finding anyone, she walked back down the steps to the dance floor, took a few steps onto the floor and slipped in a small liquid puddle (presumably a spilled drink) and fell, breaking her leg in two places.  Ms. Sarkisian sued the Liquor Store for her injuries. Sarkisian v. Concept Restaurants, Inc., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 1116 (Mass. App. Ct. 2014).

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It has been a glorious summer in Massachusetts.  Warm, dry, and sunny.  But, winter is on the horizon.  Last year was a cold and snowy winter and we may be in store for more of the same.

The average yearly snowfall on the Massachusetts Northshore ranges from 40.8 inches in Marblehead to over 48 inches per year in Haverhill.  In Boston, Lynnfield and Saugus the average yearly snowfall is 44 inches.  In addition we have ice storms, sleet and freezing rain, all of which cause slippery driveways and sidewalks.

Sure, it’s beautiful looking out the window as the flakes fall who doesn’t recall the exhilaration of building snow forts, throwing snow balls and sledding with friends.  Throughout the Northshore of Massachusetts we take pride that snow and ice does not shut down our lives.  We venture out to shovel our walk, we head out on the icy and snowy roads and we have confidence in the skills of the plow drivers to keep our highways clear.

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