Fall weather in Massachusetts is unpredictable. A beautiful autumn day can turn rainy in a few minutes. An early snow squall can impede traffic. The results often include slick sidewalks and entryways, making them hazardous. If you slip and fall at a business location, there may be grounds for a claim, if the area meets specific criteria. At Connell & Foresta, we often assist clients with their personal injury claims.

According to NuWire Investor, small business owners must take steps that reduce risk on their premises.  If you sustain injuries due to a wet floor, torn carpeting or slippery steps, an investigation must show negligence to receive a settlement and you must prove the injury occurred due to a dangerous condition.

For negligence, the property owner or manager must be aware of the hazardous environment. They must have caused the condition or been aware of it for an extended period of time. For instance, if there is a puddle in the same spot in a store each time it rains, but there is no attempt to fix the issue or dry the floor in a timely manner, you may have grounds for a claim.

If the business leases, rather than owns the property, the owner of the building may not be on site and unaware of the problem. In such cases, the business, rather than the owner may have responsibility for the condition of the premises. Being injured at a business or public property does not a guarantee your claim. The burden of proof lies with you. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you build a case and file a suit against the appropriate parties. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.