When you enter a department store, restaurant, supermarket, office space, or another building, you expect to be able to walk through the premises safely and go about your business. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents arise all too often at these locations. Slip and falls can occur when an owner or manager is negligent and fails to keep their property safe. Riccio Law is dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to slip and fall victims and helping them obtain the compensation they deserve.
Massachusetts premises owners are responsible for making sure their properties are free from hazards and dangers. Wet floors, icy parking lots, slick surfaces, debris, and loose tiles are common conditions that can cause slip and falls. If an owner, manager, or another responsible party knew about — or should have known about — such a condition and failed to remedy it, they may be held liable for your damages.
Massachusetts follows the rule of contributory negligence when it comes to slip and falls. This means that the defense may try to hold you responsible in whole or part for your injuries to bar you from financial recovery. However, as long as you are less than 51% at fault, you may still be entitled to receive compensation. Anthony Riccio fully understands the tactics and defenses that the other side will use and is proficient in creating a winning legal strategy — even for the most tenuous slip and fall case.
Winter in Massachusetts can be harsh. Snow, ice, slush, and freezing rain are common weather conditions that make slip and falls a more frequent occurrence during the colder months. Although property owners have a duty to make sure that snow and ice are reasonably cleared from their premises, some fail to do so.
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property due to ice or snow, you may be entitled to compensation. However, it’s important to be aware of the complexities in Massachusetts snow and ice slip and fall cases. Generally, slip and fall cases have a three-year statute of limitations. In Massachusetts snow and ice slip and fall cases, you must give the property owner notice of the accident within 30 days — failure to do so can impact your ability to pursue a claim.
Slip and fall accidents in Massachusetts can cause serious injuries, and it is important to get the medical help you need. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may require emergency care, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, medication, or other treatment recommended by your doctor. You may also be required to undergo diagnostic testing, MRIs, X-Rays, and EMG-NCVs.
Common slip and fall injuries can include:
Slip and fall injuries can affect many aspects of your life. They may cause you to lose time from work or be unable to participate in the activities you used to enjoy. You may not be able to lift groceries or do chores any longer. Injuries arising from slip and falls can also affect your relationship with your spouse, children, and other family members. In Massachusetts, you are entitled to recover for economic and non-economic damages if you sustained slip and fall injuries due to another’s negligence.
Riccio Law knows the shattering impact a slip and fall accident can have on your every-day life. Anthony is committed to obtaining his clients the compensation they deserve for slip and fall cases including pain and suffering, economic loss, lost wages, and any other damages you’re entitled.
In any slip and fall accident, evidence is key to the success of your case. The pieces of evidence you will need to demonstrate negligence can vary widely, depending on the facts of your case. However, in most cases, you should try to take photos of the dangerous condition and get the contact information for any witnesses. It’s also a good idea to obtain any video footage and a copy of any accident report or police report.
In any slip and fall case, you need medical documentation to prove your injuries. Medical records are vital evidence and can significantly affect the outcome of your case. These documents will demonstrate the extent of the injuries you suffered and relate them to the defendant’s negligence in support of your claim. Your medical records also show the course of your treatment and help to prove your damages. Anthony knows how to use evidence effectively to litigate even the most challenging slip and fall cases successfully.
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help protect your legal rights and make sure you are fully informed about your options and remedies. Anthony is dedicated to litigating even the most challenging slip and fall cases to the fullest extent to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. With offices in Attleboro and Quincy, Riccio Law handles slip and fall accidents in southeastern Massachusetts, the greater Boston area and throughout the Commonwealth. Contact Riccio Law for a complimentary consultation.