Neil Sugarman, Principal at Sugarman in Boston, Recently Testified Before the Joint Transportation Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives

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Neil Sugarman of the Boston Law Firm Sugarman and Sugarman P.C. testifies before the Joint Transportation Committe in Massachusetts in regards to MBTA related accidents and the rights of those injured.

Reform, Rebuild and Renew the Transportation System of the Commonwealth for the Twenty-First Century

Governor Deval L. Patrick filed a major piece of legislation to "Reform, Rebuild and Renew the Transportation System of the Commonwealth for the Twenty-First Century" on February 24, 2009. On March 12, 2009, Attorney Neil Sugarman testified before the Joint Transportation Committee regarding preservation of important rights for those who suffer major personal injuries from MBTA-related accidents.

The proposed legislation would cap all such $100,000. Mr. Sugarman testified on behalf of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), which is an association of more than 1,200 attorneys committed to protecting the legal rights of Massachusetts' citizens and to the preservation of the civil justice system. Mr. Sugarman testified that as a common carrier, operating on both rail and road, the MBTA's operations present a unique and substantial risk to a large number of commuting citizens.    

He argued that it is vital and logical that we continue to hold common carrier, such as the MBTA, to, at a minimum, the same level of responsibility that applies to all other vehicles on the roads and railways. In the event that the the legislature chooses to include the public transportation agencies within the State Department of Transportation, as the Governor has proposed, Mr. Sugarman asked the Legislature to exclude these agencies from the general governmental liability limitations . Mr. Sugarman testified that if there is going to be a restructuring of our public transportation system, the plan should continue to include the appropriate protections for injured citizens and their families.

Sugarman, established in 1967, is one of the largest personal injury law firms in Massachusetts. Recognized for its leadership in law, advocacy, and education, the firm handles a range of civil litigation, including medical malpractice, premises and product liability, construction site accidents, fire and explosion litigation, and motor vehicle accidents. Many of the firm's cases have established important legal precedents at the appellate level.

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