Boston Premises Liability Attorneys
Holding Property Owners Responsible for Unsafe Conditions
When a property owner makes their space open to the public, they have a responsibility to ensure there are no unreasonable hazards that would put people’s safety at risk. If you have fallen or been otherwise injured at a store or even in someone’s home, you could have grounds for an injury claim.
Mitcheson & Lee LLP has a team of proven premises liability lawyers who have represented victims of injury throughout Boston. We know premises liability laws inside and out, and can help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim. If there is cause for legal action, we can investigate the circumstances of your accident and help you fight for the recovery you deserve.
Overview of Premises Liability Law in Massachusetts
A key factor in premises liability law is whether the plaintiff was a legal guest or a trespasser. If you were legally admitted to a property and are injured in an accident, you can file a claim so long as it can be proved the property owner could have taken greater precautions to protect you. For example, most plaintiffs will have a valid claim if they were injured in a fall caused by slippery floors. However, if that fall was the result of a spill that happened mere seconds before, courts may find that the property owner did not have reasonable opportunity to remedy the problem and rule in favor of the defendant.
Some common premises liability hazards include:
Uneven floors or carpeting
Wet floors without noticeable caution signs
Swimming pools without lifeguards
Exposed electrical wiring
Unstable or overstocked shelves
Uncleared snow and ice in winter
Owners of private property have greater protections when a trespasser is injured on their premises, but that does not mean they are completely free of liability. While a trespasser cannot file a claim for an injury sustained through their own carelessness, they do have a right to legal action if the property owner took unreasonable action to protect their land knowing trespassers were a possibility. This includes setting dangerous traps like bear traps or spring action guns specifically to stop human trespassers.