Helping hand after a fall

Helping hand after a fall

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To the Editor:

My husband and I visited his mother over the holidays for almost a week. On our last day, before heading back to Boston, we stopped at the Black Dog Bakery near the ferry. When we walked out of the store heading back to the ferry, I fell down when my foot caught in a huge hole in the sidewalk. Three people who were coming out of the bakery saw me fall to the ground. They were so kind to come over to see if I was okay, and then they helped my husband help me up.

I would like to say thank you very much to those who helped me, and I would also like to thank Lauren Weaver, who I didn’t know at the time and who works at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as a physical therapist. And now I am recovering from the fall.

So this doesn’t happen again to anyone else, the hole should be fixed.

Maria Martin



  1. That hole has been a problem for some time. I fell there and broke my shoulder. It never healed right. When will the Town of Tisbury fix that area? When I went to the pharmacy in Edgartown they said that someone else fell there a week after me and was injured. It’s a dangerous place and not until someone falls into traffic and gets killed will the town fix it.

    1. Unfortunately I couldn’t sue because it’s owned by the town that has a policy that says the most u can get is $5,000.00 and no lawyer would take the case for that small amount of money so I lost 6weeks of pay and a lifetime of pain for nothing even though the water running off the black dogs building caused the hole. It’s a joke, no one cares.

      1. I’m so sorry this has happened to you. Certainly Black Dog can be sued? Or the town can be sued in small claims court– where you’re limited to 5k in recovery, I believe, but it would cost you zero, since you don’t need a lawyer.

        1. Nope couldn’t sue black dog either, and blue cross blue shield took the Five thousand to help pay the’money they paid for a plastic shoulder. Just be careful there I’d hate to see the same thing happen to someone else. The Town doesn’t care. It’s sad.