SLIP AND FALLS
Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers with over 50 Years Combined Experience Representing Those Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents
At Nadeau Harkavy LLC, we have many years of experience representing victims injured in slip and fall and trip cases across Massachusetts. We have the experience and resources necessary to handle your slip and fall case and are driven to get you the most compensation you deserve. Slip and fall and trip accidents can happen anywhere at any time- at a home, at work, at a supermarket, at a restaurant or in a parking lot or store. We know there are many potential defects and dangerous conditions that may cause injuries. However, not every slip and fall accident is a compensable case. It is vital to begin an investigation as soon as possible to document important facts before they are forgotten or lost. Preserving evidence and witness accounts are critical. We know from our experience that photographs of the scene and of the dangerous conditions, witness statements, and video surveillance are very important in documenting the incident and increasing the probability of a successful result in a slip and fall claim.
Slip and fall and trip accidents can cause serious injuries. Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Too often, property owners neglect their responsibility and fail to take the necessary steps to make their property safe. When someone is injured on his or her property, these property owners often refuse to accept responsibility, and their insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying the injured party. In addition to property owners, there may be other responsible parties such as management companies or other entities responsible for maintaining a safe property.
Slips occur when there is too little traction or friction between the footwear and walking surface. Some of the main reasons for slip and fall accidents include: weather hazards, loose, unanchored rugs or mats, spills, wet surfaces, oily surfaces and surfaces that have different tractions in areas.
Trips occur when the foot makes contact with an object causing a loss of balance and fall. Some of the main reasons for tripping accidents include: poor lighting, uneven walking surfaces such as steps, wrinkled carpet or mat, clutter on the surface or an obstructed view.
We have handled many types of slip and fall accidents and trip accidents that include: failure to clean up a spill at a restaurant or supermarket, failing to mop or sweep wet surfaces or debris from floor, failure to keep walkways or other areas well lit, failure to secure rugs or mats, failure to remove obstacles from walkway, poorly lit staircases or objects left on a stairway. These are just a handful of examples of the types of slip and fall cases we have successfully handled for our clients.
We also handle snow and ice accidents that often cause disabling injuries to our clients. These types of cases often require a different approach focused on weather conditions that we use in representing our clients who have been hurt due to a slip and fall on snow and ice. Property owners including home owners, business owners, and landlords have a duty to keep their property such as stairs, walking paths, and parking lots well maintained for travel by pedestrians. A property owner who fails to properly and promptly remove snow and ice may be held responsible if someone slips and falls and suffers injuries. Some businesses and home owners contract with snow removal companies. It is the property owner who is ultimately responsible for safe conditions on their property.
In 2010, Massachusetts fortunately abandoned the old rule that was not kind to our injured clients who slipped and fell on snow and ice. Under the old rule, a property owner was not responsible as long as he or she did not interfere with the natural accumulation of snow. In 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts known as the SJC decided: if a property owner knows or reasonably should know of a dangerous condition on its property, whether arising from an accumulation of snow or ice…the property owner owes a duty to lawful visitors to make reasonable efforts to protect against the danger.”
Evidence is very important in snow and ice cases including photographs as soon as possible as weather conditions change as well as witness statements.
The type of footwear our clients wear at the time of the accident is often raised by the insurance companies. It is important to keep the footwear involved in the accident. Also, the clothing worn at the time of the accident and what our clients may have been holding or carrying such as shopping bags or pocketbooks are questions asked by the insurance companies. We are experienced handling all of these issues raised and work hard for you.
At Nadeau Harkavy LLC, we work tirelessly to make sure the negligent property owner is held accountable and the insurance company pays our clients the money they deserve. You do not pay an attorneys fee unless we get results on your case. We are prepared to immediately review your case and provide a legal analysis to determine the best way to handle your case. We meet our clients at times and places that are convenient for them. We have many years of experience handling slip and fall cases, gathering facts and evidence and litigating the cases in court if necessary. We have the resources to help you obtain the best possible outcome. Contact Attorney Karen Nadeau or Attorney Leslie Harkavy today for a free consultation at 617-674-7640.