Winters in Boston and throughout New England bring certain hazards not found in the warmer climates. Snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways present dangers to all persons where a slip and fall can result in injuries ranging from minor sprains and bruises to broken limbs and traumatic head injuries.

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Most people have heard of prenuptial agreements but usually in the context of a spouse of a well-known and wealthy individual contesting the agreement in his or her own marriage. Prenups are essentially contracts between couples as to how their property and assets are to be divided in the event of a divorce.

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Sledding is one of the most entertaining activities you can engage in during the winter months. Sleds range widely in size and functionality, but the main point is getting down the hill or slope quickly and safely. Most areas that allow sledding are on municipal property or in parks owned by the city, however, private landowners may allow some sledding for guests or even for the public at large. But if you or a loved one was injured while sledding, who may be held responsible for the injuries?

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Although most car accidents are fender benders, millions of people are injured each year in auto accidents with a high percentage taking place during the coldest months. Boston motorists are used to extreme weather conditions so it should come as no surprise that by using their experience and commonsense, they can prevent many car accidents on icy roads. But be aware that though sleet, snow, hail, and icy rain can substantially increase your risk of being in an accident and you are the one being especially cautious, there will always be motorists who are clueless about how to drive on icy roads or who think that the weather is irrelevant to their getting to their destination as quickly as possible.

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It may not be surprising to learn that the rights of grandparents to custody or visitation of their grandchildren are largely secondary to those of the parents who may be married, unmarried or divorced. This rests on the presumption that the decision of the parents has “presumptive validity,” or that the parent is fit to make decisions about the child and will act in the child’s best interests.

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Most of us look forward to the winter holiday season with time off from work and school. Office parties, family gatherings, dinner and drinks with friends and colleagues are commonplace. Bars and restaurants may have specials such as extended happy hours or no-cover charges for women on some nights. Many of these events, however, center around drinking, which can increase the risk of drunk driving and car accidents.

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When temperatures drop and precipitation falls, the result can be extremely icy roads and dangerous driving conditions. Indeed, when roads are icy, vehicles may be harder to control, take more time to stop, and may lose traction – skidding or sliding, ultimately leading to an accident.

As you navigate icy roads, it’s important to keep the following safety tips in mind, and to know what to do if you are involved in a crash.

How to Drive Safely When Roads Are Icy

The very best thing that you can do when the roads are icy is to refrain from getting behind the wheel of a car; not driving is the only way you can truly minimize your risk of a collision. If not driving isn’t an option for you, though, here are some safety tips to help you get to your destination safely when the roads are icy–

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Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare practitioner violates the standard of care that is owed to a patient, and as a result, the patient suffers harm. Studies indicate that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.

If you are a patient in Massachusetts, you seek treatment from a doctor, and you have an adverse result or reaction to that treatment, it can be hard to know whether or not “malpractice” occurred. Indeed, sometimes, even when a doctor does everything they can–and everything that another medical professional of similar background and training would do–the patient does not fare well.

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Being in an accident is a traumatizing experience in itself; if the driver who hits you then flees the scene, the episode can be that much more trying. In fact, you may be panicked about what will happen next, including how you will pay your many car accident-associated expenses if the other driver cannot be located.

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The day after Thanksgiving, known as ‘Black Friday,’ may be one of the best times to get deals on Christmas gifts and must-haves before the new year, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. To be sure, every year there are numerous people who are injured on Black Friday as a result of heavy traffic, parking lot congestion, and anxiety over finding the perfect gift or the best deal. If you suffer a Black Friday injury, our Boston personal injury lawyer can assist you in your claim for damages. Call us today to learn more.

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