Massachusetts Premises Liability Lawyers
You likely enter public and private buildings on a daily basis. It might be a friend’s house, restaurant, store, museum, theater, amusement park, or hospital.
You have a right to assume that these properties and facilities will be safe and properly maintained. All property owners have a legal obligation to keep their land and buildings clean and free of hazards for those who enter.
Have you or has someone you love been injured due to a property owner’s negligence? If so, we understand that no amount of money can fully make up for your injury. Time machines have not been invented to allow us to go back to the past and undo that day. However, monetary compensation can help to provide a stable financial future for you and your family.
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys can advise you on your legal options and fight for the financial security you need to move forward with your life.
Call the legal team at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts today to schedule a free consultation in person or via Skype, FaceTime, or any other method. We will review your case and explain your legal rights.
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What is Premises Liability?
This is a specific area of the law that requires owners to keep their property safe for anyone who enters. When the hazardous conditions of a property lead to an injury, the property owner could be found negligent.
However, an owner can’t automatically be held responsible just because an accident happened on his or her property. We need to prove that the owner knew—or should have known—of the hazard or unsafe condition and failed to correct it, resulting in injuries.
It can be difficult to prove liability, even when victims have suffered serious injuries. Thus, it is essential to have an experienced Massachusetts premises liability lawyer on your side.
What type of premesis liability cases do we handle?
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts has been representing anyone who has been injured on someone else’s property through no fault of their own since 2004. These type of incidents have many names, including:
Slip-and-falls. This is one of the most common types of premises liability cases. Slips and falls can take place inside or outside a property.
Snow and ice are a common culprit of slips and falls that occur outside. Property owners are required to maintain their parking lots and sidewalks. However, they are allowed a “reasonable” amount of time to remove snow and ice. For example, if you fall in the middle of a blizzard, the property owner may not be found liable since the injury took place during a storm.
Some common causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents are wet floors, loose or torn carpeting, uneven stairs, missing railings, poor lighting, or malfunctioning elevators. Slip-and-falls can lead to serious, life-altering injuries or death. If it can be proven that the owner did not show reasonable care in property maintenance, then he or she could be found liable for your injury and damages.
Dog bites. Victims of dog bites often suffer from not only physical but also emotional trauma. Dog owners can be thus held responsible when their animal attacks someone. Our legal team can help gather the evidence needed to get you compensation for your recovery.
Premises liability cases can take many different forms. These are just some of the many different types of cases that we handle. We understand that each victim has his or her own unique situation. We want to help you receive justice and the compensation you deserve.
Negligent security. This is when a person is a victim of a violent attack such as a shooting, robbery, fight, or rape while on someone else’s property. Crime victims shouldn’t just assume that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Property owners are required to protect visitors from criminal activity on their premises.
Depending on the type of building, this includes providing such things as:
Property owners also need to be aware of what’s going on in the surrounding community. If violent crimes have recently taken place in the vicinity of their property, then it’s their duty to take added steps to secure the premises. Perhaps additional lighting or security guards could help.
If you were the victim of a violent crime on someone’s property, contact us today about your available legal options.
Swimming pool injuries or drownings. Those who own pools or hot tubs are required to take safety measures to prevent drowning. This is true whether the pool is public or in a backyard.
Swimming pool injuries may include:
Owners of public pools need to have gates or fences to keep unattended children from entering. These locks and gates are to be maintained and kept in good working order. There must be posted warning signs, lifeguards on duty, and life-saving equipment on-site. If the property has beach access, the owner has a responsibility to warn guests of rip tides and undertows.
What damages are recoverable in a premises liability claim?
The Massachusetts premises liability attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers have secured financial settlements for countless premises liability claims.
The following are some of the damages we will seek compensation for on your behalf:
Gather Evidence Immediately After Your Accident
In our years of experience in handling premises liability claims, we’ve learned that businesses will often deny that any accident happened on their property or that they are at fault for anything. This means the more evidence you can gather as soon as possible after your accident, the better it is for your case.
There are a few vital steps to take, especially in the case of slip-and-fall accidents.
Try to determine what caused your accident before leaving the scene.
For example, did you trip on a missing tile, or was there something spilled on the floor that caused you to slip? Take note of even minor details as these can be helpful later on.
Save whatever item caused your fall.
This may seem a little silly, but it can be an essential step. For example, if you slipped on an item, pick it up and put it in a plastic bag when you get home. Your shoes are also important evidence. Try to preserve any leftover matter on your shoes by putting them in an airtight container and holding off on wearing them again until after your case is settled.
Take pictures of where the incident occurred.
The building may have video footage, but the owner might not release it.
Speak to any witnesses of the accident.
If possible, get their contact information, including email address and phone number so that they can provide a statement later on.
File an accident report with the manager or whoever is in charge of the premises.
He or she will document your version of what happened.
Call Jason Stone Injury Lawyer’s Massachusetts Premises Liability Attorneys
If you’ve sustained an injury on public or private property, we at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts are here to help. Let us be your voice in this difficult and traumatic time. We will gather evidence, assist with your medical treatment, speak to witnesses, file claims, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
Call us today to schedule a free, online or face-to-face, no-obligation case evaluation. Remember, we only get paid if we get money for you—never reaching into your own pocket—that’s the Stone Cold Guarantee.®
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