Premises Liability Claims

Premises Liability Claims

If you, a friend or family member have suffered a serious injury as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall on another person’s property you may have a claim. Property owners, including home owners, businesses and landlords, have a duty to people who come onto their property to protect them from dangerous conditions or defects which may cause a slip and fall injury. They owe a duty to use reasonable care to see that those portions of the property which the visitor is likely to use are safe.

When you fall on another person’s property it is not automatic that they will be responsible for your injuries. You must establish that the property owner is negligent and therefore liable for the damages you suffered as a result of your fall down injury.

Request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine if you may have a claim. There are no fees or expenses until we win your case. Every case has a time limit, so it is important that you make sure your legal rights are protected.

Examples of some defects which may exist and result in a personal injury claims for premises liability include:

    • Liquid from a leak or spill
    • Snow or ice which is not properly removed or treated

Premises Liability Claims

  • A cord, rug, or other object which creates a hazard in a walkway or path
  • Defective pavement or steps which cause a fall
  • Water from cleaning the floors for which there are inadequate warnings

While there is no duty to warn of open and obvious defects which exist, if the visitor’s conduct was not unreasonable under the circumstances, the property owner may be liable for a defect on the property which causes an injury. An experienced and qualified personal injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances surrounding your fall and determine if you may be entitled to compensation.

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Child Support – The Good, The Bad and The Necessary

Child Support

When two partners split and children are involved, child support is a very important part of the separation process that is going to have to be taken into account. Both parents are obligated to support their children to meet their needs. When calculating child support, Massachusetts follows the “Child Support Guidelines” which takes into account the income of the custodial and non-custodial parent. There are several additional factors that are taken into account when adjusting the amount of child support required by one parent like health insurance, child care costs and other child support orders for other minor children. Every situation and family is unique and has differing circumstances, and that is what makes these types of arrangements impossible to give a set answer to as far as “how much” however, the Court will almost always follow the calculated guidelines unless there is a reason to deviate from it. The child support guidelines can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/courts/childsupport/index.html

On January 1, 2009, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts changed the guidelines that judges use to determine child support. While the old guidelines relied mostly on the mathematical formula to arrive at a support number, the new guidelines give judges more flexibility and discretion. This change should help judges minimize the tax impact on families and create fairer results in application of the guidelines.

Child Support

There are some cases however, when child support is not necessary. For example, if parents have joint physical custody or have virtually equally parenting tim,e there may be no need for one parent to pay child support to the other depending upon the comparative incomes of the parties. Many parents have concerns about help paying for private school tuition, after school programs or other expenses that may not be taken into account in basic child support calculation. In circumstances like the amount may be adjusted up or down to account for the extra costs.

Our firm can help you understand the factors to present to the court in order to obtain a child support order that protects your rights. In addition, we can help you with other aspects of family law that will affect your children’s safety and financial stability.

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