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.
Sidewalks and steps can often be quite useful. They allow the individual to walk along the street in Massachusetts without having to watch for traffic or walk up to a building that is raised above the ground. When using sidewalks and steps, one typically gives very little thought to safety concerns because it is generally assumed that he or she is safe. However, many sidewalks and stairways can quickly become breeding grounds for a serious slip and fall accident.
Massachusetts businesses are responsible for maintaining their property in a way so that it will not be a hazard to those who visit their businesses. Even though this can be a daunting task at times, it is the business's responsibility to protect its patrons while they are on site. Failure to do so can lead to a slip and fall accident as well as other types of injuries.
It seems as if the news is filled with reports of violence across Massachusetts as well as the rest of the country. One day the headlines provide details about a recent road rage incident; other days the latest shooting is discussed. As a result of the apparent increase in violence, more and more companies and workplaces are taking measures to ensure that their employees and customers remain safe. These businesses recognize the problems that inadequate security can cause.
Dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes; some dogs are large with short fur, and other dogs are small with long, flowing fur. While many dogs throughout Massachusetts are friendly and love to be around people and other animals, some dogs are aggressive and pose a threat to those around them. Regardless of the size of the dog, a dog bite can have serious medical and emotional ramifications.
The average Massachusetts resident recognizes the warning signs. Even though they may be in the form of a plastic yellow stand or an orange cone, they mean the same thing – be careful. Whenever there is a known hazard, businesses should place a warning sign marking the area in an attempt to prevent a slip and fall accident until the problem can be taken rectified.
A car accident can happen at any moment. Because of this, most driver education courses emphasize defensive driving techniques that can help in avoiding car accidents. Unfortunately, even the safest driver cannot always avoid the actions of others. Police in Massachusetts are currently investigating a recent collision that resulted in a fatality.
At this time of year, people in Massachusetts and across the country often flock to home improvement stores as they work to maintain their yards and houses. Unfortunately, a recent incident in the outdoor sections of an out-of-state Lowe's may leave some customers questioning their safety while shopping. The incident could ultimately lead to a premises liability claim.
For football players and other athletes, their physical well-being could determine the success of their athletic season and future professional prospects. In fact, many people in Massachusetts depend on their overall physical well-being to complete their personal and work responsibilities. NFL star Reggie Bush claims that his football season ended early because of an injury he suffered in a slip and fall accident caused by negligent property conditions.
Many people in Massachusetts are injured each year as a result of a fall. Some of the injuries suffered are serious, creating extensive pain and suffering. Because of the financial impact of their injuries, some question whether the property owner could have taken additional, reasonable actions that would have prevented or rectified the dangerous property condition that led to a slip and fall accident.