Slip & Fall
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident as a result of unsafe property conditions, you may be legally entitled to financial compensation. In order to increase your chances of winning your case and successfully recovering damages, you need an experienced Massachusetts slip and fall attorney. Matthew Fogelman will protect your best interests and will fight for your rights throughout the case.
Property owners in Massachusetts have a legal responsibility to maintain safe premises. If a property owner fails to fix or repair a dangerous or hazardous condition on his premises, and someone sustains an injury as a result, the owner will be liable for damages. There are many hazardous conditions that could lead to a slip and fall accident, such as:
- Cracked, uneven, or broken pavement or sidewalk
- Tattered or torn carpets
- Broken stairs or steps
- Broken or compromised handrails
- Poor lighting and inappropriately dark conditions
- Wet, slick, or slippery floors
- Snow or ice
- Exposed holes, craters, or ditches
- Crowded or blocked walkways
- Falling objects or merchandise in a store
In order to prevail in a slip and fall accident case, the victim must demonstrate that the property owner knew about the unsafe or hazardous condition, and also failed to repair or fix the condition in a reasonable amount of time. In addition, the victim must also prove that he/she sustained an injury as the result of the slip and fall. If the case resolves successfully, you will be awarded damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and your lost wages.
Fogelman & Fogelman is well-equipped to handle slip and fall on snow and ice cases. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2010 abandoned the antiquated distinction between "natural" and "unnatural" accumulations of snow and ice, and held that property owners can be found liable for failing to keep their land free of dangerous snow and ice. From now on, the question of what is reasonable will be left to the jury to decide, as it is with other hazards.