We believe that many people do not take slip and fall accidents as seriously as they should. Slipping and falling, even if it is just on the sidewalk, can cause significant injuries, including broken bones, painful soft tissue damage, or even head injuries or spinal cord trauma.
Many of these injuries are preventable when property owners take appropriate steps to maintain safe conditions. If they had only installed a railing, offered adequate lighting, or marked off that frost heave in the sidewalk, you would not have had to go to the hospital.
If this has happened to you, we want to help. At the Law Firm of Connell & Foresta outside of Boston, we have helped countless injured people in Massachusetts get fair and just compensation when they are injured due to another's negligence. Contact Connell & Foresta for a free initial consultation.
When presented with a slip and fall case, our lawyers follow five important steps:
- Listen to our clients' stories
- Investigate the situation
- Discover the facts behind the injury to provide an accurate assessment of the case
- Uncover any factors that could make a difference between dismissal and settlement
- Fully explain the legal options, letting the client choose which option is best
Were You "Assuming the Risk of Injury"?
Addressing a successful slip, trip and fall or other premises liability case in Massachusetts can be challenging. Most people have taken a hard fall, and it seems logical that something like spilled liquid or a broken step would be an obvious hazard to someone. In addition they also hear about people "taking advantage of the system" to win large jury awards for minor injuries.
These beliefs have led to strict laws and rules for these types of lawsuits. For example, a property owner will not be held negligent if you were "assuming the risk of injury," meaning you knew what you were doing could be dangerous and you accepted that you might be hurt.
Take a tough Massachusetts winter, for instance. Everyone expects ice and snow and assumes the risk of falling just by leaving their home. Simply because someone slips on ice or snow does not prove that a property owner failed in some way to prevent it. However, if a landlord has not sanded or shoveled a walkway in over a month, or has improper drainage, and leaves dangerously icy conditions for people, it may be found that a reasonable property owner would have taken more care.
Schedule a free consultation with a Massachusetts slip-and-fall accident lawyer to assess your case. Contact Connell & Foresta today. There are no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.