Slip and Fall Attorneys in Boston
Premises Liability Lawsuits in Massachusetts
Slips & falls are no joke when they result in serious injuries and drastically interfere with your everyday life. These injuries could prevent you from going to school or work, and make it difficult to do things you once enjoyed, like playing sports. In fact, falls are the second leading cause for spinal cord and brain injury.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our slip and fall attorneys in Boston will work quickly to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. Slip & fall accidents usually fall under premises liability law. It must often be determined whether the property owner was aware of the dangerous hazards on his or her property. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys in Boston know where to start looking for evidence to support your claim. We're committed to helping clients obtain maximized recovery.
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Overview of Slip & Fall Accidents
Falls account for over 8 million emergency room visits, representing over 21% of visits. One of three individuals over the age of 65 will experience a fall, and more than 15,000 of individuals over 65 die as a result. Individuals often sustain serious injuries while on another’s private or public property due to hazards on the premises. The owner of the property has the duty to take reasonable steps in ensuring the property is safe for others to enter by either correcting the hazards or providing warnings. You may have a claim against the property owner if the owner failed to uphold their duty while you were on their property.
Liability for Slip & Fall Accidents
Premises liability is a type of personal injury law in which the goal of cases is to hold property owners accountable for injuries that occur on a property they own. If you slipped and fell while in a business or public establishments, such as a store, restaurant, hospital or a parking lot, or while traveling on the premises of an establishment, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Slip and fall accident claims can be filed against the owners of private residences as well as business owners, as long as the injury victim was lawfully present on the premises.
To prove liability for a slip and fall accident, a plaintiff must prove that their injuries were caused by hazardous conditions at a residence of business that the property owner was aware of, yet failed to correct.
Potential hazards a property owner may be liable for include but are not limited to:
Snow, black ice, and/or other hazards caused by inclement weather and storms
Slippery, damaged, or irregular staircases
Structural defects caused by the property owner failing to comply with government regulations
Tripping hazards caused by ill-maintained flooring or carpeting or uneven pavement
Wet and slippery floors caused by spilled liquids and/or food
Unsecured or falling objects
Improperly restrained animals
Debris or clutter in a walkway
Lack of warning signs on the premises regarding known hazards of the property
Pools that are not fenced in or are otherwise unsafe