Monthly Archives: May 2013

Moving to Boston as a Student

Posted by Kathlyn on May 17, 2013
Education, Student Life / 1 Comment

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The City of Boston is home to more than 40 universities and colleges. As such, it needs to be able to accommodate thousands of students moving into and out of it every year. Students moving into Boston should be aware of what the city has to offer and how the landlord/tenant relationship laws may differ from those in their hometown.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood right away when you move to town. This help you get your bearings and acquaint you with where the places you will want to visit and avoid may be. This can also help you begin mapping out any public transport routes available to you. Boston has robust public transportation and even a bike sharing system.

When you sign the lease for your Boston home, there are specific rules that your landlord will have to follow. Your landlord cannot charge you a pet fee, but can ask for a security deposit as well as your first and last months’ rent at the time of signature. As a renter, your landlord will be responsible for keeping the premises safe from dangerous conditions.

Boston is a wonderful city with a lot of history and culture. You will have a blast exploring everything the city has to offer!

Train and Railroad Accidents: The Necessity of Safety Gates

Posted by Kathlyn on May 07, 2013
Personal Injury, Vehicle Collision / 1 Comment

For centuries, trains have served as a major means of transportation – they have helped move thousands of passengers and have carried tons of goods and cargo. Unfortunately, they have been the cause of thousands of injuries as well. The railroad system in the U.S. stretches from coast to coast, and whether it is a freight train or a passenger train passing, only a couple of things are sure: both are huge and powerful. Thus, if something goes wrong, any of the two has the capability to cause property damage in huge amounts, or even cause significant loss of lives.

A motor vehicle colliding with a train is nearly always disastrous, as the force from a train’s speed will definitely render almost any collision, especially with smaller and lighter vehicles, fatal. Train accidents usually happen due to rail company negligence, lack of safety gates, poorly maintained railroad tracks, mechanical defects and malfunctions, train conductor error ,and improperly marked railroad crossings.

To prevent these types of deadly collisions, one of the most basic things necessary is to assure that safety gates are properly installed at every railroad crossing. Additionally, they need to be regularly checked in order to ensure they are working fine. While markings inform motorists that they are approaching a railroad crossing, safety gates announce the approach of a train and that every motorist will have to stop.

The damage to lives and property a train and railroad accident can cause can be tremendous, and if it’s due to negligence it should never go unpunished. If you or a member of your family has been a victim of this a railroad accident caused by a lack of safety gates, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They may be able to help you pursue justice and the compensation you need to cover the financial losses and sufferings you and your family have been subjected to.

Child Injury

Posted by Kathlyn on May 03, 2013
Child Injury, Dangerous Products / 1 Comment

Child injuries, and fatal child injuries, are unfortunately common. While the loss of a child is never easy to bear, the loss can be especially painful when the passing is unexpected, as is the case with many unintentional injuries, because the parents have no way of preparing for the shock. More than any other thing, unintentional injury accounts for 30% of all fatalities of children between the ages of one and 14 in the U.S. every year. In 2009, more than 6 million children in that age range suffered from non-fatal injuries, mostly from falls. Other deaths were the result of car accidents, drowning, fires, and suffocation.

Other unfortunately common causes of child injuries include:

  • Playground accidents
  • Bullying
  • Fighting
  • Defective products
  • Poisoning
  • Striking or being struck against an object
  • Dog bites / Animal attacks

While the majority of fatal and non-fatal unintentional child injuries occur at home, there are instances where a child is injured through the negligence or recklessness of another person. In many states, the parents of a child who had wantonly and willfully injured another child may be held liable under civil law.

Some physical injuries affecting children are mild; the more lasting injury to the victim is fear and emotional trauma. Other injuries are more severe and can have lifelong financial, physical, and emotional effects on the victim and the family, such as brain and spinal cord injuries. In cases where the negligence, carelessness, or irresponsible behavior or conduct of another person results in injury or injury-related death to a child, an attorney should be consulted. Such extreme and damaging negligence cannot go unpunished, and the victim and the victim’s family should not carry the costs of the child’s injury-related expenses alone. While nothing can erase the damage that results from a child injury, in some cases, taking legal action, or seeking counseling for both the child and their family, can help accident victims to gain closure and move on after an accident.