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What is required to file a tort claim against a public employer?

By on April 26, 2017

Presentment requirement statute under the Tort Claims Act The Massachusetts Tort Claims Act (MTCA) eliminated traditional sovereign immunity from lawsuits for the state, cities and towns and most agencies, and permits tort claims to be brought against public employers in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Act, including presentment of claims within two […]

When Going to the Gym Isn’t Good For You: Liability for Gym Injuries

By on March 30, 2017

People go to gyms to improve their health and physical condition. However, gyms also contain hazards that can cause significant injuries—and even death. According to the U.S. Product and Safety Commission, nearly 500,000 people sustain injuries related to exercise equipment alone each year. Although gyms owe a general duty of care to customers and visitors, […]

No Man’s Land: Liability for Defects in a Public Sidewalk in Massachusetts

By on December 15, 2016
Who is liable in a slip-and-fall accident on public sidewalk? Attorney Bob Allison has the answers.

Liability of Cities and Towns For nearly two centuries, cities and towns in Massachusetts have been statutorily tasked with control of sidewalk maintenance and repair as part of an elaborate and comprehensive statutory system establishing municipal liability for injuries resulting from defects in public ways. The statutory scheme requires notice of injury to the municipality […]