Personal Injury Attorneys Assisting Residents of Boston
Lowney Law, LLC serves the needs of people who are harmed by an accident on another’s property throughout the Boston area. Our personal injury lawyers can assist you with a premises liability claim. This is a type of lawsuit that aims to hold property owners responsible for harm caused by a dangerous condition in an area under their control. We have assisted accident victims with collecting evidence from a negligent property owner’s premises and pursuing compensation through settlements and trials.
Hold a Negligent Property Owner Liable for Your Injuries
In general, Massachusetts property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner and warn visitors and guests about any dangerous conditions located there. One of the most common examples of premises liability is a slip and fall case, which occurs when a person slips on a hazardous condition, like ice or spilled food, and suffers injuries. Other examples include improperly stacked merchandise, poor lighting, and uneven pavement.
The reason that the injured person visited the owner’s property will likely play a role in determining the scope of the defendant’s liability. For example, customers and people invited to the property for business purposes are deemed “invitees.” They are owed the highest duty of care, which requires property owners to regularly inspect their premises for hazards. Owners of businesses must fix a dangerous condition that they know or should have known about, or provide invitees with warnings about it.
“Licensees” include friends, acquaintances, and other people invited to a place for non-business-related purposes. Property owners owe licensees a duty of care as well, whereas trespassers are owed only a minimal duty of care, which requires refraining from intentional harm. If a property owner is aware of trespassing on the premises, however, the duty of care typically requires the property owner to provide warnings regarding any dangerous conditions. In some instances involving child trespassers, the scope of liability may expand under the attractive nuisance doctrine.
Once you have established that a property owner owed you a duty of care, you must next show that the property owner breached this duty. Demonstrating a property owner’s negligence can be accomplished by subpoenaing maintenance records, photographing the premises, and providing witness testimony. An experienced premises liability attorney can assist you with evaluating your claim and determining what strategies you should use to pursue compensation.
Injuries that occur on another party’s property are often severe. If you are hurt as the result of a property owner’s failure to maintain its premises, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your harm. Types of damages that a victim can potentially pursue often include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. In many cases, the property owner has an insurance policy, but insurance companies can be extremely difficult to deal with unless you have a lawyer on your side.
Enlist a Boston Lawyer to Seek Compensation for a Slip and Fall
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in the Boston area as a result of a dangerous property condition, the slip and fall attorneys at Lowney Law, LLC can help. We offer free initial consultations, and we do not recover any fees unless we obtain a settlement or a judgment in your favor. Call us now at 617-364-8000 or fill out our online form to set up a meeting to get started. Many of our clients have come from Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Roslindale, as well as communities throughout Suffolk County.