Boston Slip & Fall Attorneys
Serving Clients Throughout New England
When you enter a restaurant, hotel, business, or someone’s home, you shouldn’t have to worry about encountering slick floors, uneven surfaces, or other dangerous conditions that could cause you to lose your balance, slip, and fall. An estimated 25,000 adults die every year from slip and fall accidents, mostly due to traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone’s property and you believe the property owner acted recklessly, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you’ve been hurt after a fall, the Boston slip and fall accident lawyers of Crowe & Harris, LLP have the experience you need on your side. We believe you should not have to be solely responsible for medical expenses or any other damages in the event of a slip and fall accident on unsafe premises.
We can guide you through your options for seeking restitution from those responsible for your accident, as well as consult our full-time nurses. Contact us online or call (617) 404-3417 for a free consultation.
What Is the Responsibility of a Property Owner?
Property owners in Massachusetts are legally obligated to maintain reasonably safe premises for all customers and invited guests. When there is a lack of maintenance or negligence in caring for a property, anyone who becomes injured due to its hazards may be able to pursue financial compensation from the property owner. One such accident that commonly occurs is a slip and fall accident.
Property owners across the state are legally responsible for providing a safe condition for all visitors. Unfortunately, these owners are often negligent in maintaining safe conditions, and people are injured as a result. In fact, statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 2.5 million adults visit the emergency room each year with potentially serious injuries like hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones that are the result of slips and falls. In fact, falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries in the nation, putting innocent lives at risk of debilitating injuries that require long-term care and attention.
Common Slip & Fall Causes & Injuries
Although these types of accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, there are certain locations and situations where they are more common. From hotels to grocery stores and even the workplace, when property owners fail to fix dangerous conditions or provide adequate warning, the results can be catastrophic.
Slip and fall accidents on unsafe premises often result from one of the following:
- Uneven pavement
- Open manholes
- Wet walking surfaces
- Stage/staircase collapse
- Failure to post signs
Any of these scenarios could mean that an unsuspecting person slips and falls, resulting in injury. In most cases, property owners can prevent these accidents by maintaining the property and ensuring the property is safe for visitors. Additionally, if there is a hazard that can’t be quickly or easily fixed, the property owner should leave an adequate warning for visitors.
Slip and falls can cause a wide range of different injuries, from minor wounds to broken bones and permanent disability. When these accidents occur, you may be able to take legal action against the property owner or the person renting the property who was responsible for maintenance.
Some of the most common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents include the following:
How to Establish Liability
While laws exist to protect the rights of individuals who sustain personal injuries such as those associated with slip and fall accidents, determining who is at fault in these incidents can be quite difficult. Fortunately, an experienced slip and fall attorney can help victims hold the responsible parties accountable.
Often, the careless actions of a property owner can lead to dangerous conditions that cause slip and fall accidents, making them liable to pay out compensation to the victim.
In order to determine that the property owner is liable for the accident, the following conditions must be proven to have existed:
- The owner knew about the conditions that caused the accident and did nothing about them
- The owner or an employee caused the conditions that led to the accident and did not notify anyone
- The owner or an employee should have been aware of the dangerous conditions as any reasonably responsible owner or employee would
Due to the serious nature of these accidents, it is often necessary for victims to enlist the help of skilled personal injury attorneys when pursuing compensation for their suffering.
Call Us in Your Time of Need
At Crowe & Harris, LLP , we know how distressing it can be if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident. On top of medical procedures and rehabilitation, you may have also lost the ability to return to work and earn a living for yourself and your family. If an unsafe property has led to a slip and fall accident that caused injury to you or a loved one, then the property owner may be held liable. You shouldn’t continue to suffer financially due to a negligent person’s actions.
Call (617) 404-3417 for a free consultation to learn more about how our Boston slip and fall accident lawyers can get you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.