If you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our knowledgeable Massachusetts slip and fall lawyers do not charge any fees unless you obtain a settlement or award. Contact us toll-free 24/7 at 1-(401) 200-4060 or fill out a free online form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
MA Slip & Fall: What You Need to Know
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Do I Have a Slip and Fall Case?
If your slip and fall injury was preventable by the property owner taking reasonable precautions, then you might have a slip and fall case. Slip and fall cases can be challenging to prove because of the factors that must be considered. Retaining an experienced Massachusetts slip and fall lawyer who knows how to assess these factors, gives you the best chance to recover for your losses and injuries. To determine whether your particular slip and fall situation may be grounds for filing a personal injury suit, contact an experienced MA attorney. Read more.
What Compensation Can I Receive?
Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining the most favorable settlement for our clients to compensate for their injuries and losses. It can be hard to calculate just how much an individual case is worth. However, there are some factors to consider. Read more.
What Are Some of Our Firm’s Best Slip and Fall Settlements?
For over 30 years, our attorneys have successfully represented clients who were injured in Massachusetts slip and fall accidents. For instance, our firm remained jointly responsible with another law firm that negotiated an $850,000 settlement for a client who was hurt when a flight of stairs collapsed underneath him. Click here to see some of our other best slip and fall settlements.
How Much Do We Charge?
We charge the industry standard, which is a contingency fee of 1/3 of your settlement or award. We initially cover the costs that would be necessary to prove your case, such as gathering medical reports or conducting investigations regarding the incident. From the beginning of your case, you are not required to pay any fees unless we are successful in getting a settlement or award.
What Are Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents?
- Uneven surfaces
- Climate conditions – ice, rain
- Liquid negligently left on the floor
- Loose flooring or carpeting
- No visible “wet floor” sign
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Poor lighting
Where and How Do Most Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
The grocery store is one common slip and fall location. Items that hold liquid can fall to the floor, making for a hazardous situation. The liquid can also be spread throughout the store on the wheels of shopping carts, which increases the danger. In a different hazardous situation, a freezer could leak, causing water to be in the aisles, making for a slippery environment. Aside from liquid on the floor of the grocery store, some other common causes include slipping on ice and snow, tripping on ripped or torn carpeting, or missing handrails on stairways. Different environments present different hazards. Read more.
Slip and Falls on Private Residences
If the slip and fall accident occurred at a private residence, an experienced Massachusetts slip and fall attorney could assist you through the complex situation. This situation becomes especially complicated if it involves friends or family members. People typically do not want to file a slip and fall lawsuit against someone they know. However, sometimes these lawsuits are the only way to obtain full compensation for your injuries and losses. Most people have homeowners’ insurance that can pay for common types of slip and fall accidents. Read more.
Slip and Falls on Commercial Property
Places of business, such as department stores, grocery stores and restaurants, are the most common commercial properties on which slip and fall accidents happen. Courts hold commercial property owners to an increased standard of safety, as these establishments invite people onto their property in order to make a profit. The owners of these properties carry insurance to help pay for these claims. Read more.
Slip and Falls on Government Property
The government is typically afforded added protection against slip and fall claims than homeowners or businesses. However, they still have a duty to keep their premises safe. Read more.
Most of the time, the party that is responsible for your slip and fall injury is the owner, operator, or manager of the property on which you slipped, fell, and were injured. To determine liability, it is useful to ask:
- Did the party in charge of the property know about the dangerous condition but fail to reasonably respond to the condition?
- Was it the property manager or owner’s actions that created the hazardous condition that caused your slip and fall?
- If the property owner or manager did not know about the hazardous condition, would a reasonable person have resolved the issue if they had discovered it?
For slip and fall accidents, the property owner, operator, or manager has a duty to take reasonable care in maintaining the property so that it is safe for others to use. In most cases, the slip and fall victim can recover and hold the property owner responsible for their injuries.
According to an injury-rate research-study, as of 2014, slip and fall accidents were the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injury in U.S. adults. One in every five falls causes a serious injury, like a head injury or broken bones. In 2015, more than $50 billion went toward slip and fall medical costs.
Possible Slip & Fall Injuries
- Broken, fractured, or dislocated bones
- Head injury – concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated or slipped discs
What Can I Do to Avoid a Slip & Fall?
While property conditions and maintenance are not usually within your control, there are some risk factors you can monitor to reduce your chances of suffering from a slip and fall.
- Monitor any vision problems you are having
- Wear supportive footwear
- Keep an eye out for uneven surfaces or hazards in your walking path
- Avoid walking when experiencing lower body weakness or poor balance
Do I Need a MA Slip & Fall Injury Lawyer?
It certainly helps to have an experienced lawyer fighting for you while you recover from injuries and process the accident. Hiring an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer greatly increases your chances of winning your case or getting a larger settlement award.
The knowledgeable attorneys here at d’Oliveira & Associates know how to deal with insurance companies’ tactics of downplaying your injuries and giving you limited compensation. With decades of experience, we are prepared to fight for the award or settlement you deserve.
Why Contact d’Oliveira & Associates?
There are a variety of reasons slip and fall victims choose us to handle their injury claim, including:
- Our top priority is you, your injuries, and getting you the award or settlement you deserve
- There are no fees until you get an award or settlement for your injuries
- We have decades of experience in personal injury law with a successful history of helping our clients
For a free (no-obligation) case evaluation, call us toll-free at 1-(401) 200-4060 or fill out a contact form online.