Middleborough Attorney Represents Slip and Fall Victims
Experienced Massachusetts lawyer obtains payment for injured plaintiffs
Approximately one million Americans go to the emergency room every year due to injuries they’ve suffered in slip and fall accidents. Some victims recover in a relatively short timeframe, but healing from acute conditions such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries can take much longer. If you’ve been hurt in a fall on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, lost income and other types of losses resulting from the incident. Since 1988, the Studley Law Offices in Middleborough has obtained substantial payment for Massachusetts residents in slip and fall cases. If you need guidance about your chances to receive compensation in a premises liability action, Attorney John E. Studley Jr. will review the facts in your case and outline your legal options.
Common causes of slip and fall incidents
A property owner must be aware of various potential hazards that could cause their guests to slip or trip. Some of the most frequent factors that lead to these incidents include the following:
- Untended spills — Restaurants, supermarkets and any establishments where people walk carrying water bottles can be sites of spills that can make floors slippery. Floors that are slick from cleaning present the same type of threat.
- Bad weather — Snow, ice and rain pose a serious danger to pedestrians on sidewalks and in parking lots. Along with clearing a safe path outside, property owners and managers are responsible for mopping up any precipitation that is tracked inside.
- Damaged walking surfaces — Without warning, someone could slip on a loose floor board, broken tile or cracked pavement.
- Lack of handrails — Stairs and narrow walkways where the possibility of a serious fall exists should have secure handrails to minimize the likelihood of an accident.
- Poor lighting — Areas that are not properly illuminated could cause someone to miss an obstruction capable of tripping them up.
Whether your slip and fall injury occurred due to one of these causes or something else, our firm will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if the owner or manager of the premises is legally liable for your damages.
Determining fault in a premises liability action
To collect damages in a premises liability claim, a plaintiff must show that the defendant violated their duty of care and that the violation was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. As long as the victim was permitted to be on the defendant’s property, the case will likely center on whether the defendant used reasonable care to prevent the slip and fall. It is important in these matters to retain a qualified injury attorney as soon as possible, because the conditions that led to the accident might be altered afterward. Our firm is determined to assemble the physical, witness and expert evidence needed to prove that the property owner was negligent. You can collect damages even if you were partly responsible for the incident as long as your share of the fault does not exceed 50 percent.
Contact a Massachusetts lawyer for a free consultation about a slip and fall claim
The Studley Law Offices in Middleborough seeks compensation for victims of slip and fall injuries throughout the area, including Lakeville, Taunton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Raynham and Plymouth. To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation appointment with an experienced Massachusetts attorney, please call 508-923-7207 or contact us online.