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Attorney Austin M. Joyce

Reardon, Joyce, & Akerson
Experience:  35 Years
Area Served: Worcester County

4 Lancaster Terrace
Worcester, MA, 01609


Attorney Message

I am a Worcester litigation attorney with emphasis on personal injury, police misconduct and discrimination cases.  I offer a free initial case evaluations for all personal injury cases including car accidents, slip and falls, and premises liability claims.

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Verification- Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

  • Last verified: 2/18/2014
  • Current status is Active
  • This attorney has no record of public discipline.
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Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1979
Assumption Cllege, B.A., 1976

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1979
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1992
U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Professional Associations

American Bar Asssociation
Massachusetts Bar Association
Worcester County Bar Association

About Me

About Austin Joyce

Austin is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, The United States Supreme Court, The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Austin is a 1976 graduate of Assumption College where he received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Mathematics with a minor in English. While he was at Assumption College, he was awarded Dean’s List all four years, and was also honored in the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. Austin continued his education at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, achieving his Juris Doctor (cum laude) in 1979 and again being awarded dean’s list for all three years he attended along with the honor of law review.

Austin has served as a lecturer for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and as an instructor for the Chatham Police Department. In 2002, Austin was given the Award of Appreciation by the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

 

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Appreciation, Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, 2002

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Q&A

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A:
You have a couple of options. You can do nothing and wait to see if the other driver takes the initiative by filing a lawsuit over the damage. In that action, you would be able to present your evidence that the accident caused no damage to her car, such as photographs taken at the time of the accident, the accident report filed by the police officer who cited you and the one filed by the other driver, if she filed one, and the testimony of the police officer who was at the scene. Your other option would be to negotiate a settlement with the driver or to have an attorney negotiate one for you. You should start with a request for a copy of the repair bill or damage appraisal. In any event, you should not pay the driver anything without getting a signed release from her so that she cannot come back for any further damages.




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Certainly you have a personal injury case. The owner and the management company are responsible for maintaining the common areas. Part of that responsibility is a requirement that they inspect the areas for conditions that pose a hazard and to fix them. Inasmuch as the light was out for months, they should have noticed it and fixed it. Your carrying your laundry does not relieve them of their responsibility to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition.




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The statute of limitations for tort actions, such as your slip and fall, is three years from the date of injury. Additionally, if a public entity owns or maintains the parking lot, you must make written presentment to the entity’s executive officer within two years of the date of injury. Finally, if the parking lot is a public way, you must make written notification of your name and residential address, the time and place of your injury, and the cause of your injury to the public entity responsible for maintaining the parking lot within thirty days of the date of your injury.



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Attorney Austin Joyce serves Worcester County and Central Massachusetts including the communities of Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, Leominster, Fitchburg, Clinton, Auburn, Oxford, Spencer, Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Ware, Worcester, Millbury, Grafton, Rutland, Sutton, Webster, Sterling, Lancaster, West Boylston, Leicester, Hudson, Charlton, Southbridge, Bolton, Barre, Hubbardston, Sturbridge, Brimfield, Princeton, Gardner, Milford, Uxbridge, Upton, Lunenberg, Ashburnham, Northbridge, Ashby, Harvard, Westminster, Winchendon, Dudley, and Brookfield.


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