A fall can happen to almost anyone and may result in serious injury. Sometimes, this kind of accident can happen because a business failed to take proper safety measures to keep the public safe. A slip-and-fall victim may decide to pursue a premises liability claim to offset the cost of an injury or other related expenses. However, most people hope they never have to make that choice. There are several ways to prevent falls that almost anyone can implement that may help Massachusetts residents keep themselves safe.
People have a reasonable expectation of safety in every place of business they encounter. This includes where they work. When an employee here in Massachusetts is injured on the job, he or she might be able to make use of workers' compensation to cover some of the costs related to the injury. However, there are times when the incident is the fault of the property owner, which could be addressed separately with a premises liability claim. This is what one out of state jury determined when they awarded a woman almost $1.5 million after she was injured by a slip and fall where she worked.
People trust that when they go into a place of business here in Massachusetts, the owner or manager will ensure that it is reasonably safe for customers. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, as some businesses fail to properly address safety issues that can result in serious injury. This is what one jury recently decided in a premises liability case in another state where a woman slipped and fell in a convenience store, suffering permanent injury.
Slip-and-trip hazards exist in all kinds of retail stores. Anyone who suffers an injury while out shopping might have grounds to file a personal injury claim under Massachusetts premises liability laws. These laws mandate that store owners must exercise a reasonable level of care to ensure reasonably safe premises that are free of hazardous conditions or hidden dangers.
Here in Massachusetts, most businesses want to ensure that their properties are safely maintained. However, that doesn't mean that every company does its due diligence to keep people from being hurt. One woman from out of state says that this is exactly what happened to her when she suffered a slip and fall late last year. She wants the two businesses at that location held responsible for what she says was their inaction.
The cold weather brings a great deal of problems with it. Poor driving conditions, risk of frostbite, and a rise in colds and the flu are just some of the things Massachusetts families have to contend with during the winter. One other common problem is the raised risk of slip and fall accidents due to snow and ice. These kinds of accidents can greatly injure a person, resulting in medical costs, physical injury and more. An out-of-state news anchor is dealing with a premises liability claim after he says that the state capitol failed to properly treat an icy sidewalk where he fell and injured himself.
Recent snow storms across the nation have inhibited people in many ways. Here in Massachusetts and other states that are prone to snow, residents may have to deal with travel delays, school closures or even car accidents. One problem many may not have considered is injuries from slip-and-fall accidents that occur on someone's property. Whether the property is commercial or residential, it can still mean a world of trouble for the owner and a potential premises liability claim to contend with once the snow has long gone.