Slip & Fall Injuries
Premises Liability Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Boston Residents
A slip and fall accident can be a sudden and painful experience. Property owners that fail to address slippery conditions on their premises can be held liable for the injuries that their guests and patrons suffer. Some of the most common locations where slip and falls occur are parking lots, supermarkets, restaurants, construction sites, office buildings, and any area where ice and snow collects. The premises liability lawyers at Lowney Law, LLC can guide injured residents of Boston and the surrounding communities through the process of fighting for the compensation that they deserve.
Take Legal Action after a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents usually occur because a property owner acted either carelessly or recklessly. This type of claim, known as premises liability, falls under the category of a personal injury action, which usually requires a victim to establish that the defendant acted negligently. This means showing that the defendant failed to exercise the same level of care that a reasonably prudent person would use in similar circumstances, and that an accident resulted from which quantifiable damages arose.
In a slip and fall case, a breach of the duty of care usually happens when a property owner fails to fix a dangerous condition or provide a warning about it. For example, business owners are required to keep their premises safe for customers who are there for commercial purposes.
After proving that the property owner failed to meet this duty of care, the plaintiff must next demonstrate that his or her injuries were the direct result of the property owner’s breach. In cases involving spilled food and other foreign substances, which are a common cause of a slip and fall, a victim can establish that a business owner was negligent by proving one of the following:
- The defendant caused the foreign substance to be present;
- The defendant had actual knowledge that the substance was present; or
- The foreign substance was present for a long enough period of time that the defendant should have known about it.
Another way to establish a business owner’s negligence is by showing that the business owner’s custom or practice creates a substantial risk of injury to customers, like a supermarket display that leads to produce falling on the floor.
The types of injuries that are sustained after a slip and fall accident may include broken or fractured bones, severe bruising, traumatic brain injuries, and concussions. These types of harm can be devastating, and they sometimes lead to lasting changes in a victim’s lifestyle. In many cases, an injured person must miss work and go through physical therapy in order to recover from an accident. Massachusetts law generally requires negligent property owners who are found liable for a slip and fall to compensate victims for these costs and losses. Other potential forms of damages include medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Discuss Your Injury Claim with a Boston Lawyer
At Lowney Law, LLC, our personal injury attorneys can help Boston residents assert their right to compensation after a slip and fall. With over 15 years of experience, we know what it takes to build a persuasive case. We offer a free initial consultation, and we do not charge 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.