In essence, Premises Liability deals with the proper maintenance of public and private property. Examples of those affected by premises liability can include but are not limited to landlords, restaurant owners, and store owners. Under Massachusetts law, owners and managers are required to maintain and secure their property to avoid unsafe or hazardous conditions that could cause residents or guests harm.
During the winter months, premises accidents increase due to inadequate maintenance and removal of snow and ice. Slip and fall accidents are the most common and can result in serious physical injury such as fractures, broken bones, sprains, and back injuries.
Examples of Premises Liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming accidents
- Liquor liability
- Snow and ice accidents
- Faulty electrical equipment/wiring
- Inadequate building security
- Stairway or disability ramp accidents
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Balcony or porch collapse
- Diving accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
Pursuing recovery for premises accidents can be complex. If you are considering doing so, it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney. A premises liability lawyer can help establish negligence by consulting with experts such as contractors, electricians, and security specialists.
Once the situation has been evaluated by your attorney, he or she will compile the evidence gathered and determine the value of your claim. Valuation can be determined by reviewing medical reports, accident reports, and expert testimony.
Once the valuation of your claim has been decided, often your attorney will approach the property representative either settle the case or pursue the case in court.
If you have been injured due to unsafe conditions on public or private property, contact an attorney in Massachusetts as soon as you are able. Due to your injuries and any lost wages, you may be entitled to compensation.