Injuries from falls can happen almost anywhere – in stores, homes, stairways, sidewalks, parking lots and walkways. When a fall happens as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition, you need an attorney who is experienced in handling such cases because there are different laws, as well as different deadlines to give notice depending upon the location of the fall and whether the property owner is private or a public entity.
In Massachusetts, property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn of any possible hazardous or dangerous condition on their property. Some examples of dangerous conditions are:
- Stairways that do not meet the building code
- Icy sidewalks or walkways
- Poorly lit stairways
- Walkways with unmarked hazards, such as cracks or raised areas
- Parking lots with potholes, uneven pavement, or other depressions
- Floors that are slippery due to water or other foreign substances
When someone suffers an injury from a fall, it is very important to photograph the area where the accident occurred as soon as possible, as the circumstances may change, especially when the fall involved changing weather conditions, such as snow and ice. It is also important to notify the owner of the property of the accident as soon as possible, so that the owner has a record of the accident.
Our attorneys understand the law of premises liability, which is quite complex. For example, there are laws limiting the liability of cities and towns for “defects in the public way” to only $5,000.00, but defects in privately owned areas are under no such limit.
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