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May 17, 2019

The Most Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

Perhaps the most commonly known type of personal injury case is a slip and fall accident. These types of incidents can be devastating for both the victim and his or her loved ones. When someone is legally on a property in New Bedford or anywhere else in Massachusetts, the owner of that property has a legal obligation to make sure the property is free of danger and hazards. When a Massachusetts property owner fails to meet this legal obligation and someone is hurt as a result, the owner may be held financially liable for harm suffered. Monetary compensation that may be recovered in a New Bedford slip and fall accident includes lost past and future wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and medical expenses.

Common Causes of Slip and Falls

There are many causes of New Bedford slip and fall accidents. The most common, however, tend to be (1) dangerous walking surfaces, (2) poor weather conditions, and (3) nursing home accidents.

It is no surprise that a dangerous walking surface results in a high likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Some common hazardous conditions that cause a victim to suffer an injury due to a slip and fall include wet or slippery floors, broken walkways, loose floorboards or tiles, unstable staircases, and uneven flooring. In most premises liability cases – the type of law under which these types of personal injury cases typically fall – the property owner will be held liable for harm suffered if a dangerous walking surface is present. This is because property owners in New Bedford – and across the country – have a legal obligation to keep the premises safe and clear of hazards before allowing others onto the land.

It may be surprising that slip and fall accidents are quite frequent in nursing home cases, particularly when abuse is involved. This is because the elderly tend to have balance problems and gait issues. When a trusted nursing home caregiver fails to protect a senior while he or she is walking through the facility – or if the caregiver is otherwise neglectful of the elderly resident – there are several parties whom you may hold liable for harm suffered. This includes the nursing facility itself, the certified nursing assistant, nurse, or even doctor. Common injuries suffered by the elderly in a slip and fall accident include broken bones, head injuries, spine damage, cuts and bruises, and other physical harm.

While no one can control the weather, Massachusetts property owners owe a legal duty to keep their property safe for others. It is not uncommon for bad weather in the form of heavy rain, snow, and ice to hit New England at multiple times during the year. Bad weather conditions put many at risk for slip and fall accidents and, in turn, property owners at risk for being held liable for harm suffered.

Slip and Fall Attorneys

If you were recently hurt in a New Bedford slip and fall accident – or suffered injuries due to a fall anywhere else in Massachusetts – it is important to act quickly if you have a valid personal injury claim. Contact the experienced Cape Cod personal injury attorneys at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP today for your initial case evaluation.

Attorney Peter M. Goldberg is the founder of and managing partner at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, and has been in private practice since 1986. He takes pride in the fact he deals directly with his clients on a daily basis working to get their cases resolved to the fullest extent of their rights. Peter practices personal injury law and workers compensation law in Massachusetts.