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Weather, Timing Boost St. Patrick’s Day Danger in Massachusetts

A stained glass depiction of Saint Patrick

Call it a perfect storm for drunk-driving dangers in Massachusetts: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday night, with snow on the ground and more in the forecast, with the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Sunday, ensuring a weekend of boozy celebration for some. It goes without saying: designate a driver, take more »

March 17th, 2017 | Posted in

Site of Biloxi Railroad Crossing Accident Had Deadly History

Still from a cell phone video of rescue workers freeing people at the site of a train crash in Biloxi, Mississippi

When a freight train slammed into a charter bus stuck on a railroad crossing in Biloxi, Mississippi on Tuesday, it added to the site’s deadly history. Four people on board the bus were killed, marking the third time since 1983 that people died at the crossing in a train collision. Records obtained by Associated Press more »

March 9th, 2017 | Posted in

Archaic Law Delivers Wrist Slaps to Companies that Kill Workers in Massachusetts

Color version of the state seal of Massachusetts

What are the penalties for an accidental worker death in Massachusetts? According to a law written in 1819 that is still in force today, employers found guilty of manslaughter in workplace accidents face up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Companies convicted of manslaughter face the same $1,000 fine. In other words, more »

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in ,

Not Guilty Plea by Business Owner in Trench Collapse that Killed Two


Kevin Otto, owner of Atlantic Drain Services, pleaded not guilty to two charges of manslaughter stemming from a South End trench collapse that killed two Atlantic Drain employees in October 2016. Otto was released on personal recognizance after arguing that he had no money to post bail. Two Atlantic Drain Services employees, Robert Higgins and more »

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in ,

Massachusetts Traffic Deaths Rise at More Than Double National Average

Graphic showing rise in automobile accident fatalities in the United States in 2016

A report released on February 15 by the National Safety Council found that traffic deaths in Massachusetts rose by 13% from 2015 to 2016, more than double the national average of 6%. There were 399 people killed on Massachusetts roads in 2016, up from 354 in 2015. Across the United States, it was the deadliest more »

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in

Grand Jury: Boston Firm “Recklessly” Failed to Take Safety Precautions


A Boston grand jury indicted Atlantic Drain Services, Inc. and its owner, Kevin Otto, on charges including two counts of manslaughter, six counts of concealing evidence and one count of intimidating a witness following an investigation into a construction site accident that killed two workers in Boston’s South End in October. While working at a more »

February 9th, 2017 | Posted in ,

Does Massachusetts Law Require Drivers to Remove Ice and Snow from Vehicles?

File photo of a Massachusetts plow clearing a highway

Does Massachusetts have a law requiring drivers to remove snow and ice from vehicles before they drive? The attorneys at Sheff Law hear this question a lot. The simple answer is that there is no law that directly states that drivers have to remove snow from a vehicle before they drive. The detailed answer is more »

January 31st, 2017 | Posted in

Boston Wrongful Death Lawyer Doug Sheff Fights for Ursula Ward Compensation from Aaron Hernandez

Doug Sheff is interviewed by WBZ in Odin Lloyd wrongful death case

Boston wrongful death lawyer Doug Sheff appeared in a Boston courtroom on Tuesday to demand a summary judgement for Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd, who was killed by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in June 2013. In April 2015, one week after Hernandez was convicted in Lloyd’s killing, Sheff reopened more »

January 26th, 2017 | Posted in ,

Top OSHA Violations for 2016 Offer Workplace Warnings


Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presents a list of the top violations during the past year. For employers and employees, this list illustrates the most common dangers and oversights in the workplace, making it a good reference to judge overall workplace safety. The personal injury lawyers at Sheff Law see injuries more »

January 23rd, 2017 | Posted in ,

It’s Slip and Fall Season in Massachusetts


Slip and fall liability can wreck a Massachusetts winter faster than a two-foot snowfall. Roads and sidewalks coated in snow and ice present real risks of injury and death, such as the fatal Mission Hill car accident that killed a pedestrian during a snowstorm on January 7. If you own a home or business in more »

January 12th, 2017 | Posted in