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Filing a personal injury claim after a slip-and-fall accident

Massachusetts residents who have been injured while on someone else's property may be entitled to seek compensation for any damages they have sustained. Of course, the circumstances have to be right in order for a civil claim to be successful. This week's column will address the what is needed to bring a personal injury claim following a slip-and-fall accident.

Litigating a personal injury claim against a property owner is not always an easy task. There is a lot of information that the court will want access to in order to make a decision regarding liability. Such information includes:

  • Any witness statements
  • Documented damages
  • Details of the event

One problem with civil claims is the feeling that some people have all the time in the world to seek compensation for their losses. This simply is not true. There is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. According to the state of Massachusetts, victims have up to three years to file their claims. Exceptions exist, however, so it is important to check with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

slip-and-fall accident may not seem like a big deal to some, but for an individual who suffers injuries in such an event it can have an extremely negative impact on his or her personal and professional life. Those in Massachusetts who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents resulting from the actions of negligent property owners have the right to pursue relief. An experienced attorney will be able to review the details of one's case and help a victim proceed with legal action if doing so is deemed appropriate.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim", Accessed on Aug. 14, 2017

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