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Attorney Steven B. Boris

Krasnow, Keller, & Boris
Experience:  32 Years
Area Served: Greater Boston Metrowest

665 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA, 01702


Attorney Message

I concentrate in many areas of civil law including personal injury, maritime, business, employment law and alternative dispute resolution, practicing both in and out of courtrooms. I have represented parties in 500+ personal injury cases, trying many before state and Federal courts, but resolving most without having to go to court.

If you have a legal matter I invite you to call me directly to discuss your case.

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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.
  • This attorney has certified that he or she is covered by professional liability insurance.

 

Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1982
Boston University, MA Criminology., 1978
Wayne State University, B.A., 1974

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1982

Professional Associations

Massachusetts Bar Association
MBA Lawyer Referral Service
Boston Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
American Arbitration Association
AAA Commercial Claims Arbitrator

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers: 2006 -2012

About Me

About Steven Boris

Attorney Steve Boris is a founding member of the Firm. He concentrates in many areas of civil law including personal injury, maritime, business, employment law and alternative dispute resolution, practicing both in and out of courtrooms.

Steve is AV® Rated, the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics by the legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. Steve has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine for the years 2006 – 2011.

Steve has represented parties in 500+ personal injury cases, trying many before state and Federal courts, but resolving most without having to go to court. He sits as an arbitrator or mediator for the Massachusetts state courts, Federal courts, Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association helping other lawyers and their clients resolve their cases, including disputes over legal fees.

Steve is an Adjunct Professor in the Legal Studies Department at Lasell College in Newton, MA teaching Tort and Personal Injury Law. He recently returned from the Russian Federation where he served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Petrozavodsk State University teaching U.S. Constitutional Law and Western style dispute resolution to Russian law students. In 2011, Steve taught Arbitration at Odessa National Academy of Law, Odessa, Ukraine. He is published in academic peer reviewed journals in the fields of Maritime law and Criminology. Steve was recently appointed by the BBO as a Hearing Officer on attorney discipline cases.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011

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Legal Questions & Answers


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You should contact your auto insurance agent now and report the incident. Your agent will in turn contact your auto carrier. By doing this you have satisfied the requirement to report all claims. Leave it to your insurance company to investigate the claim and determine if it is valid. The pedestrian may have been shaken up at the time of the incident but the next day felt pain and sought medical attention. If the injuries are real they will be demonstrated through medical records. This is a claim not a lawsuit. A lawsuit involves a filing in court. Most claims remain claims and are handled by the insurer. You may be asked additional questions as part of your insurer’s investigation; Just cooperate with your insurer. If on the unlikely chance a lawsuit is filed your insurer provides you with an attorney at their expense who will defend you up to the limit of your liability auto coverage.




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Hire an attorney who handles personal injury cases as his or her primary focus. An attorney who dabbles in personal injury claims and especially in serious injury claims will likely not know how the insurer approaches a claim like yours. The experienced personal injury attorney knows if and when to file a lawsuit and if your condition is permanent, to have the appropriate medical evaluation.




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Yes, you probably have a viable personal injury claim. And, yes, you should consult with an attorney who practices maritime law. Although your daughter slipped before she boarded the vessel, she was in the process of boarding and the dock appears to be under the control of the boat operator. Therefore, aspects of maritime law may apply. In addition, the dock owner might be a defendant as well for failure to maintain the dock. Either or both the vessel owner or the dock owner will be liable for your daughter’s injuries if we can show either was negligent. That is, if either failed to act reasonable, e.g. get those signs out faster, then she has a good case. Like land based law, maritime law provides for a range of damages including medical bills (even if you have health insurance), lost wages and pain and suffering.




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As a practical matter, the sooner you give notice to the store that you were injured while upon their property, the better. Although the Massachusetts statute of limitations is three years (meaning you have three years from the date of the accident to file a law suit in court), it is important to fact gather as soon as possible after an accident. For example, in this case, the store might be leasing space from another company who actually has responsibility for the parking lot. The quicker the store knows about your claim, the quicker the responsible party can be identified, Remember to document your notice that you were injured: put it in writing and keep a copy.




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You may have a viable case against several possible wrongdoers or defendants. This type of Products Liability claim may involve not only the rental company and manufacturer, but any company or person involved in what is known as “the chain of commerce.” That means that the designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor and/or renter may be legally responsible for placing into commerce an unreasonably dangerous and defective product that caused an injury. Further, this legal liability may be based not only on a design flaw such as an inadequate guard, but also may be based on insufficient safety labeling, warnings or instructions. Lastly, you should know that product liability cases may be brought under a legal theory called “strict liability.” This theory allows an injured consumer to recover against the defendants even where the defendants were not negligent. Of course, there are special defenses available to the defendants in a strict liability case. We always recommend a face to face meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer to explore in depth these and other issues invariably found in Product Liability cases. Call or visit our website to learn more www.KrasnowKellerBoris.com.



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Attorney Steven Boris serves all of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Metrowest region including the communities of Ashland, Cambridge, Dedham, Dover, Fitchburg, Hopkinton, Holliston, Leominster, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Milford, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Middlesex County and Worcester County.


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