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ATV’s Banned for Kids Under 14 in Massachusetts

Massachusetts may be the first state in the United States to ban all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) for children under 14. Lawyers who represent families with Boston child injuries applaud the law as a step in the right direction to protect children. The law, called “Sean’s Law,” was named after Sean Kearney, who died in 2006 as a result of an ATV accident. According to Dr. Peter Masiakos, Sean’s surgeon, over 1,000 children per year need Emergency Room treatment following ATV accidents. Many doctors argue that children don’t have the capacity to properly judge dangerous situations that arise when “driving” and that ATV’s don’t have air bags or roofs. Even ATV’s with seat belts don’t provide enough protection they claim.
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New Massachusetts Law Based on China Escalator Injury

Many Boston department stores use escalators for their customers’ convenience. One Massachusetts child suffered a severe and permanent hand injury when riding on an escalator in China. And the Massachusetts Appeals Court, sitting in Boston, decided that a United States company was legally responsible for the injury suffered by the child. The Boston Law Office of Neil Burns handles child injuries and injuries to children that happen in and around Boston.
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New Massachusetts Law to Protect Children from Cigarette Lighters

The tobacco and associated industries tried yet another gimmick to entice children to smoke: novelty lighters. These lighters, which look like toys, have been involved in various fires, according to Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. The lighters can resemble toy cars, Magic Markers, or even a seemingly harmless rubber ducky. Thankfully, on August 9, 2010, Massachusetts became the 14th state to ban novelty lighters. As a Boston child injury lawyer, I’m glad to see that with this new law, children will have a much lesser risk of suffering burn injuries.
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Massachusetts Teen Internet Safety

Located in Boston, the Massachusetts Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was created to help Massachusetts State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to exploit children. Protecting children includes monitoring their time on the internet. The Boston attorneys at the Law Office of Neil Burns represent children injured, and children hurt in accidents and childhood-type accidents and injuries, and we bring this message to help keep Boston and Massachusetts area children safe.
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Keeping Massachusetts Children and Siblings Safe

Memorial Day in Massachusetts is known by Boston residents as the unofficial start of summer. Soon, Massachusetts children will be out of school for summer vacation, with Boston Public Schools letting out on June 24, 2010. And with summer and children outside, the risk of serious injuries increases greatly. The Boston attorneys at the Law Office of Neil Burns reminds all Boston area residents that childhood injuries increase during the summer months. We note the following information in an effort to keep our children safe and free from personal injury.
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Fast Food Toys Banned at McDonald’s

In a continued effort to advise Boston and Massachusetts parents of trends affecting their children, the Boston Law Office of Neil Burns is posting this article regarding fast-food toys, like those found at McDonald’s, being banned in San Francisco. Since 1985, the attorneys at the Law Office of Neil Burns have represented children injured in accidents. We always seek to provide information to help keep children in Boston and throughout Massachusetts safe and healthy.
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May is Safe Jobs for Youth Month

Boston residents recently came together to stem the tide of Massachusetts Child Labor Law violations, work-related injuries, and deaths at a conference organized by youth leaders from the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) and the Teens Lead at Work program at MassCOSH (the Massachusetts Coalition of Occupational Safety and Health). The attorney’s at the Boston office of the Law Office of Neil Burns want Massachusetts children to stay safe. The Law Office of Neil Burns can help if your child is injured or hurt in an accident.
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Massachusetts Holding Public Safety Student Video Contest

Massachusetts and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security located in Boston, recently announced the third annual “Dance. Don’t Chance.” video contest, and is encouraging all Massachusetts juniors and seniors to participate. In representing children injured in automobile accidents, The Law Office of Neil Burns is encouraged that Massachusetts continues to promote childhood safety. Contestants are asked to write and produce one-minute videos that promote safe driving by discouraging speeding, drag racing, distracted driving (such as texting or iPod use) and underage drinking.
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