What To Do When You Are Hurt In a Fall
Slip and fall accidents occur when a person is injured because of a dangerous condition on another person’s property. These accidents are also called premises liability claims, because the owner of the premises may be liable for any injuries that happen on their property. A slip and fall case may not, by its name alone, seem like a very serious accident. However, slip and fall injuries can be as severe, including death or traumatic and permanent brain injury.
What Causes a Slip and Fall Accident?
There are many different factors that can cause a premises liability accident. They can happen indoors, in either commercial public property or in a private residence, or they can happen outdoors due to a defective condition in land. These accidents are not only limited to fall injuries, but can also include accidents where a victim is struck by a falling or moving object, suffers a laceration from a sharp object, or is otherwise harmed by a dangerous situation on someone’s property. Some of the common causes of slip and falls in Massachusetts include:
- A slick or slippery surface
- Uneven or broken steps
- Missing or broken handrails
- Inadequate lighting in buildings or parking lots
- Uneven or broken concrete
- Tripping on lifted carpet or floorboards
- Falling through rotted or broken floorboards
- Improperly removed ice or snow in parking lots or walkways
- Debris that causes a tripping hazard
These conditions can cause very serious injuries to the victim, including broken arms, legs, or hips; muscular injury in the leg, knee, hip, shoulder, or back; lacerations and puncture wounds; disfigurement or scarring of the torso or face; facial injuries, including broken bones and dental injuries; head trauma or other serious internal injuries. If you’ve been a victim of a slip and fall accident, don’t let the insurance company or property owner convince you that it was your fault. Hire an attorney to represent you in your claim.
Why a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
In most slip and fall accidents, the success of the case will turn on whether or not the property owner knew (or should have known) about the dangerous condition that caused the victim’s injuries. This can be difficult to prove, and requires a great deal of research and evidence-gathering in order to be successful in your claim. This is why you need an experienced Boston slip and fall attorney on your team. You need to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Some of the evidence that will be crucial in your case may only be available for a limited period of time. The employees or other witnesses to your accident need to be interviewed, photos need to be taken, and medical records need to be reviewed in order to put together your case. The sooner you hire Attorney David Dwork to handle your slip and fall case, the better. Attorney Dwork knows how to navigate the slip and fall claims process, and he has the experience and understanding to represent plaintiffs with serious injuries and medical conditions.