My Rhode Island personal injury law firm recently looked at a local incident in which a firefighter was injured while battling flames in a cluttered home in Billerica, MA.
Firefighters were called to the scene when a home caught flames as an elderly female was inside. Firefighters tried to enter the house through the front door but could not enter due to the extensive clutter. After multiple attempts, they finally entered through a rear door. Officials claim one of the firefighters was injured when he fell down a flight of stairs due to excessive clutter, as reported by CBS Boston.
Although there are no Massachusetts laws concerning the accessibility of private property, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security outlines regulations designed to make public buildings as accessible as possible. If this event had taken place on public property, land owners would be fined for failing to abide by the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board. Though the regulations do not apply to this event in a private home, the homeowners could still be held liable for an accident occurring on their property that resulted in personal injury.