When someone has been injured on someone else’s property, the term “premises liability” may be mentioned. In Massachusetts, the owner, manager or person using the property may be liable for injuries that were suffered by someone who was using or visiting the property. If that person was negligent in some way, such as not repairing broken stairs or a handrail or ignoring a spill on the floor, they can be held liable. If a tenant or guest was injured because the property did not conform to the building or housing code, the landlord could be legally responsible for paying multiple damages, according to the Top Personal Injury Lawyers in Northampton MA.
Some of the most common types of accidental injuries are shown below.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are very common and can be deadly, especially to the elderly. More people lose time from work because of a bad fall than for any other reason. In fact, 22% of those workers injured in a fall will miss more than a month of work as a result of their injury.
Falling is also the most common reason that someone would suffer a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury can have long-lasting or even permanent consequences.
Snow and Ice
In Massachusetts, snow and ice are predictable events. If it’s winter, sooner or later, it will snow. Everyone knows that walking through snow or over an icy surface is inherently dangerous. Landlords or property owners are expected to know that and should make a reasonable effort to provide safe conditions for others. That does not mean that a property owner is always liable if someone falls because of ice and snow. If this happens to you, take pictures of the scene and talk to the Top Personal Injury Lawyers in Northampton MA about your case. If someone is injured because of ice or snow, the property owner must be notified within thirty days.
Stairs and Walkways
Too often, falling down stairs is a result of inadequate lighting, an object left on the stairs or a dangerous surface condition, such as loose or torn carpet. A poorly maintained railing could also cause a serious fall.
Daniel and Fontaine LLC represent clients throughout Massachusetts with their personal injury claims. The attorneys have more than thirty years of experience in dealing with insurance companies on behalf of their clients. Call them for a free, no obligation consultation.
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