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In July of 2010, a family from California utilized the Mass Transit Authority’s services and took an escalator down into the station.  As the family rode the descending escalator, the family’s minor daughter got her sandal caught into the moving stairway.  Onlookers rushed to help the child in need.  The daughter’s foot was freed before meeting the bottom of the escalator, but unfortunately, not before resulting in severe damage to her foot.  The family brought suit in Federal Court against the manufacture of the specific brand of sandals- CROCS.  Amongst the allegations, the family alleged that CROCS have a heightened risk of safety to the wearers of the sandals while riding escalators and that the manufacture had failed to warn of this risk to consumers.

The United States Court of Appeals was charged with deciding whether CROCS pose a heightened risk of escalator entrapment, thus rendering the footwear defective.  Under Massachusetts law, a consumer who has been injured by a product may bring a claim alleging negligence against the manufacturer- this is generally known as a products liability action.  Much like sandals come in different colors and styles- so too are products liability claims.  A consumer may allege that the product contained a manufacturing defect, a design defect, and/or failed to adequately warn prospective users of a danger associated with that product’s use.  Each will be discussed in turn.

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Snow PlowThis winter has been the worst in decades for many parts of the country, and New England has certainly gotten its fair share of severe weather. As of today, January 21st, Framingham has declared a snow emergency, meaning that parking on all arterial roads is prohibited. The move comes in response to the National Weather Service predicting heavy snowfall overnight, with some areas expected to receive accumulation of several inches or more.

It goes without saying that driving in these kinds of conditions can be treacherous, and accumulations of snow or ice can significantly increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. These types of accidents may be compensable and anyone injured in one should contact a Framingham personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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