In Massachusetts, property owners ― including landlords and business owners ― have a duty to exercise reasonable care to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail to meet this obligation and a visitor or customer is injured as a result, the property owner may be legally responsible.Despite this duty, however, slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents occur all the time in a wide variety of situations, including when victims are walking on poorly maintained sidewalks, in icy parking lots or even in slippery store aisles. Even houseguests are not always safe, particularly when the homeowner has let his or her home fall into disrepair, including poorly maintained floors and dangerous staircases.
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. At Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, our attorneys will work with you one-on-one to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will help guide you through this often-complex process and explain the damages you may be entitled to, including:
- Medical expenses, including prescription costs and future medical treatment
- Lost wages, both now and in the future
- Pain and suffering
Our ultimate goal is to maximize your chances of receiving full and complete compensation for every loss you have incurred as a result of your slip-and-fall injury. We know it can be very difficult to support yourself and your family if you have been hurt in a personal injury accident that leaves you unable to work. We know it can put extreme stress on you and your family if you are worried about how your medical bills will get paid. We can help.
Premises Liability Law: The Basics
Seeking compensation for injuries incurred in slip-and-fall accidents is typically governed by an area of the law known as premises liability.
Essentially, in order to have a successful premises liability claim, you need to show that the property or store owner had knowledge of the dangerous condition that led to your slip-and-fall injuries. You can prove this knowledge in one of three ways:
- The store/property owner or one of the store’s employees caused the slippery or dangerous condition
- The store/property owner or one of the store’s employees actually saw the slippery or dangerous condition
- The slippery or dangerous condition was on the floor so long that the store/property owner or one of the employees should have been aware of it
However, you may not have to prove knowledge in certain circumstances such as when the dangerous condition is related to the store’s self-service operation.
Also, it is important to remember that several exceptions may apply to the basic laws outlined above, particularly if you are dealing with slip-and-fall accidents caused by snow and ice in parking lots or sidewalks. The best thing you can do in any situation is contact an attorney to learn what your rights may be.
Contact Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, Today
Slip-and-fall cases are often complex, especially if property owners are difficult to identify or hard to notify such as properties held in real estate trusts. For help with these issues, or any others you may encounter, contact Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, and schedule a FREE initial consultation. You can call us 24 hours a day at (508) 203-6600 or email us online. We help injury victims from New Bedford and Hyannis to Boston and everywhere in between, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.