Boston Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Thousands of individuals sustain serious injuries each year in slip-and-fall accidents in Massachusetts as a result of the negligence of others. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Boston slip-and-fall accident, you are probably aware of how serious the injuries can be. Each year, we see premises liability cases that result in serious and life-altering injuries. If you have been injured as a result of slipping and falling, contact a Boston slip and fall accident attorney at Kelly & Soto Law today. A few examples of common fall-down injuries include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussion and other closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue and sore muscle injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Knee injuries
If your fall was the result of a condition caused by another’s negligence, you may have a valid personal injury claim and may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and other losses. In order to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering the maximum compensation available, you should contact an experienced Boston Injury Attorney who knows Massachusetts’ law regarding liability in slip and fall accidents.
It is important to contact a personal injury attorney immediately after a slip-and-fall accident so we can start investigating and gathering evidence of the property defect or hazard before it is corrected. At Kelly & Soto, you will be dealing with a smart and talented legal team. We are committed to providing personalized service so you will deal directly with your attorney. Our attorneys work energetically to help victims of slip-and-fall accidents in Boston recover compensation for medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to the accident.
A slip and fall seems like a very simple accident. But cases involving slip-and-fall injuries can be complex. Premises liability law entails the legal duty that owners and managers of property have in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for accidents and injuries that occur on property under their control. Many people are injured in fall accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common types of premises liability claims.
Common causes of slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, or fall-down accidents are:
- Wet floors on commercial real estate
- Trip-and-fall accidents resulting from negligently maintained property
- Trip-and-fall accidents on public sidewalks
- Construction site accidents
- Poor lighting
- Broken steps or handrails
- Lack of warning signs
- Snow and ice
- Spilled food or drink
Fortunately for injured accident victims, Massachusetts imposes certain legal responsibilities on property owners and business owners that rent properties. Both homeowners and business owners have a duty to all lawful visitors to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition to prevent accidents.
Premises liability cases depend heavily on the specific facts of the accident. Did the property owner cause an accident by failing to repair a broken step tread on a stairway in a house or apartment building, or by failing to clean up a spill in a grocery store aisle and failing to post a warning about the hazard? If a skilled lawyer can show that the property owner knew about the hazard and failed to respond in a reasonable fashion, the property owner may be liable for damages. An attorney who handles premises liability accidents must analyze the specific facts of the accident to determine whether the property has liability for your injuries.
Under Massachusetts’ strict liability statute, the owner of a commercial building that has a building code violation is liable for any injuries sustained as a result of the defective property condition. The failure of a building owner to inspect the property regularly and allow hazards to go unrepaired may lead to a liability claim.
Massachusetts receives a lot of snow and ice each year, creating slippery conditions that often lead to a slip and fall accident. A property owner or the person controlling the property is are responsible for removing accumulations of snow and ice and keeping the property reasonably safe. In some instances, companies contracted for snow and ice removal may be liable if they failed to uphold their duty. Even in winter, you have a right to be able to walk across a shopping center parking lot or sidewalk without fall and breaking your hip.
If you have a slip and fall accident while on another person’s property, report the incident to the property owner, landlord or property manager within 30 days. Alerting the owner of the property in question of a possible claim to your side of the story will go a long way in strengthening your position down the road. If possible, use your phone camera to take pictures of the condition that caused your fall, retrieve the names of witnesses to your fall, and record the name of the supervisor or owner of the location of your fall. You cannot take too many photos of an accident scene and these photos can provide graphic evidence a property hazard when your claim is presented. Taking these simple steps will greatly improve the chances that an experienced attorney will be able to recover maximum compensation for your claim.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a fall-down accident, contact our legal team today. Our Massachusetts injury lawyers are experienced in the areas of trip-and-fall accidents and slip-and-fall accidents and would be happy to provide you a free consultation to discuss the possibility of a successful personal injury claim. After a brief discussion with you regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident, we will be able to provide you a better idea concerning the likelihood of success of your claim as well as projected value of your case.
We have represented slip and fall accident victims around and its surrounding communities and are always looking to take on new clients in the areas of Dorchester, Brockton, Waltham, Newton, Worcester, Lowell, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Burlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, East Boston, and other areas west of Boston.
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