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Legislation Aims to Protect Off-Duty Responders from Lawsuits

Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State Senate has unanimously approved a “Good Samaritan Bill” aimed at protecting off-duty first responders from lawsuits if they provide  assistance at an emergency scene.

The issue of protecting first responders and others from lawsuits has come up at various times in recent years, but quickly regained traction in the aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. 

“While the many off-duty firefighters and EMTs who rushed to help in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings brought this into sharp focus, the fact is we are lucky to have brave men and women who come to the aid of their fellow citizens every day in emergencies from car accidents to heart attacks,” said State Senator Katherine Clark, who chairs the Judiciary Committee. “They shouldn’t have to worry that doing the right thing could result in legal action.”

According to an announcement from Clark’s office, this legislation would specifically place off-duty first responders under the state’s existing Good Samaritan Law, which protects average citizens from frivolous lawsuits if they provide assistance to somebody during an emergency. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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Bus Attack Leads to Call to Better Protect MBTA Drivers

In this file photo, the 39 battles its way to the bus stop.

The president of the MBTA operator’s union is calling for increased efforts on part of police, prosecutors and lawmakers in the wake of a 15-person attack on a bus driver in Dorchester Saturday.

Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 John Lee said in a statement published on the union’s website March 10 that such attacks deserve immediate attention by state lawmakers.

“The Boston Carmen’s Union ATU Local 589 is relieved and thankful that the Bus Driver, attacked in the early morning hours, was not more seriously injured,” the statement said. “However this assault by a reported mob on an isolated Local 589 member simply doing his job illustrates the need for public safety officials and the legislature to act quickly before a transit worker is killed.”

The Boston Globe reported Sunday that there have been 22 reported cases of MBTA drivers who have been assaulted or threatened in 2013 and 18 cases during the same period in 2012. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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How to Protect Your Electronics on the T

 

According to MBTA Transit Police iPhones are the most widely thieved item on the T.

Police also offered tips on how to keep your stuff safe while riding public transportation (from the blog post):

If possible, avoid using your phone while on the MBTA except in cases of emergency/reporting via SeeSay or 911

Conceal expensive electronic equipment

Change the color of the device’s ear buds, would be thieves look for the distinctive white ear plugs of Apple

Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the system

Be aware of your surroundings at all times especially if you are using your electronic device

Be aware that most robberies of electronic devices occur near the train doors

Be alert for staged distractions read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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