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Have you recently been hurt in Boston, Massachusetts, because you tripped and fell or slipped and fell on someone else's property? Did you know that you may be able to hold the property owner accountable for their actions or negligence in removing dangerous obstacles on their premises?
This falls under the grounds of Massachusetts premises liability law, and Morgan & Morgan’s slip and fall lawyers in Boston, MA can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve to cover medical costs, lost income, and more.
We begin each slip and fall case with an investigation of what happened to determine the contributing causes and the names of any and all possibly liable parties. We get straight to work so you can focus your energy on healing and moving forward with your life.
Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started.
Contributing Causes to Slip and Fall Accidents
Many different kinds of property owners are legally responsible for ensuring that their premises are clear of any hazards, obstacles, or dangers. Dangers can and do occur on private or public property, but a property manager needs to be aware of these concerns and notify visitors to the property about them prior to removing them.
In the best-case scenario, a property owner will remove these hazards as soon as possible, limiting any possible exposure for guests or visitors to get hurt as a result. However, when the contributing cause cannot be immediately removed, the property owner still should take necessary precautions to notify people about the hazard. Slip and fall signs in supermarkets are just one example of how to notify people that a hazard is present so that they can properly avoid it.
Some of these hazards and obstacles include but are not limited to:
- Broken floorboards
- Torn carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Broken handrails
- Wet floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor maintenance of walkways
These could all become the basis of a contributing factor in a lawsuit. If you're someone coping with these consequences or helping a loved one to navigate their legal responsibilities after a trip and fall, you deserve to have slip and fall lawyers in Boston, MA, who understand the legal scope of these cases and who will do everything possible to make sure that you have the best possible chance of recovering compensation.
Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.
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What Kinds of Injuries Do Most People Suffer in Slip and Fall Accidents?
You might assume that it is only your pride that has been hurt in a slip and fall accident immediately after you fall. You may not even feel immediate symptoms of the accident itself. Many of these more serious medical conditions do not reveal themselves until later, such as a painful wrist injury or signs of a concussion. This is why it is so important that you report any changes and new symptoms to your medical professional as soon as possible.
There is a broad range of injuries that are associated with common slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries
You should always be looked at by your primary care doctor, at urgent care, or even in the emergency room after you get hurt.
What Do Store Owners Do After a Trip and Fall?
As our slip and fall lawyers in Boston, MA can tell you, store and property owners are typically aware of the risks they face in slip and fall lawsuits. They may be responsible for substantial sums of money, such as lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses connected to the accident.
Victims must be able to show that the property manager or owner had a legal duty of care, and that in breaching this legal duty of care, exposed the trip and fall victim to unnecessary injuries. This is typically relatively simple to prove, especially in public places. Whether you were in a shopping mall, someone else's home, on a sidewalk, outside your apartment complex, or in another public location, you may have grounds to pursue compensation.
Many store owners or property owners will attempt to get a record of what happened from you as soon as possible after the incident occurs. You may not be in the right state of mind at this point and may have more questions than answers. You may be uncomfortable signing paperwork or telling the details about how you think you fell, especially if you don't even realize what caused the accident in the first place. Most trip and fall and slip and fall injury victims need the help of qualified premises liability lawyers to investigate the full scope of the claim and help to determine the contributing factors and link this to your possible future medical conditions.
Far too many victims find themselves in over their heads dealing with the medical treatment for slip and fall injuries and may not be able to put together the pieces of the puzzle necessary for filing a legal claim. This is when slip and fall Injury attorneys in Boston, MA, like those working at Morgan & Morgan can take over the legal and insurance-related components of your claim so that you can remain focused on what is most important: your well-being. We recognize that it can be very overwhelming to navigate this process on your own, and that’s why the team at Morgan & Morgan is here to help.
Why Do I Need to File a Premises Liability Claim?
You may initially turn to your health insurance as a form of recovering compensation for your medical needs. However, you may not be able to go back to work immediately after a slip and fall accident and may watch as the medical bills rise. Even if you have good health insurance, you may have substantial medical expenses. And as these bills arrive in your mailbox, and as the collection calls begin, this can add stress to an otherwise already difficult time.
You need to remain primarily focused on treating your medical injuries during this time and not worrying about whether or not you'll have enough money to get treatment or forcing yourself to go back to work too soon when you're still injured simply because of the fear of covering all of these medical bills.
But the effort on your part can be as simple as contacting Morgan & Morgan, getting a free case evaluation, and getting a slip and fall lawyer that takes on your case from there, with no cost to you unless you win your case.
Should I Sign Something Given to Me by the Other Side?
One of the most common ways for these premises liability lawsuits to resolve is outside of court. However, any and all paperwork presented to you by another party involved in the case should always be given to your slip and fall attorneys in Boston, MA. Your lawyer will be able to review this paperwork and tell you what it means for your case. You do not want to unnecessarily or accidentally sign over rights or information that the other side may use against you. Your lawyer is there to advise you about each aspect of your premises liability claim, including when settlement offers are presented by the other side, which may allow you to resolve this matter sooner rather than later.
How Can a Lawyer Really Strengthen My Claim?
You might think that you can handle your claim on your own, especially if it appears like the facts of your case are very simple. After all, if someone left a hazard on their property and you got hurt because of it, you shouldn't have to deal with filing a lawsuit to get compensation for your injuries. But most companies are nervous about lawsuits and don't want to face any possible liability in either settlement conversations or lawsuits. For that reason, they may push back and try to discourage you from filing a claim or contacting a lawyer. There's a lot at stake in your lawsuit, however, and you can't afford to give up your rights by taking this case on by yourself.
At Morgan and Morgan, we fight to help victims who are concerned about facing "the big guys" in court after a slip and fall. We believe that all victims deserve fair and full justice, and we never stop short of what we believe our clients deserve.
What if the Other Side Wants to Settle?
During your initial consultation, we'll talk about your individual case and the expenses you've already incurred. This will give us a general idea of the basis of your damages in your claim, but this is not the full picture of your potential compensation. This depends on the severity of your injuries and how long you'll continue to suffer. If your doctor tells you more about your prognosis and whether you'll need future treatments, this gives us more information about your possible costs.
If the other side does not want to go through court, they may instead choose to try to settle. You are never required to accept any settlement amount. They may be counting on you wanting to take the lump sum so you can move on with your life, but this is not always in your best interests. It might seem like a lot of money at the time, but you might be only considering the current costs of your injuries. If you'll continue to need treatment, this might fall short of what you ultimately require for your medical expenses. Once you sign a settlement offer, you waive the right to pursue future litigation or payments. This is why it's so important to have your lawyer's insight to help you.
At Morgan & Morgan, we have expert negotiators that secure the settlements that our clients deserve, but if the other side’s offer is too low, we are also prepared to take the fight to court.
If you are in need of slip and fall lawyers in Boston, MA, don’t hesitate to contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Let us fight for your and your loved ones so that you can take your first steps toward recovery.
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