Dangerous Property Injuries
There are many unsafe property conditions that can cause an injury. These types of injuries can take place on property that is privately owned or property that belongs to the government. While the most common type of injury is a "slip and fall," there are many other situations in which property owners can be held liable. Some examples include:
- Injuries caused by poorly maintained building components
- Injuries caused by negligent security or lighting in parking lots, restaurants, or bars
- An accident at a public swimming pool due to a safety code violation or lack of supervision
- Injuries resulting from inadequate warnings or safeguards in a construction area
- A child attacked by a dog on private property
- A trip and fall accident on a city sidewalk
- An injury caused by defective equipment at a gym or fitness center
Each case rests on a set of distinctive facts to determine the property owner's liability and the amount of damages that must be paid. If you have been injured on someone else's property, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our Boston personal injury lawyers in one of our Boston, Cambridge, or Quincy offices today at 617-225-2100 for a FREE evaluation of your case.When Is The Property Owner Liable?
The most important issue when facing a dangerous property condition is the determination of whether the property owner could have prevented the accident. Property owners are required to correct any dangerous conditions as soon as they are made aware of them. We ask whether the owner was aware or should have been aware that a dangerous condition existed. If so, the property owner must post warning signs to alert individuals to the specific risks involved. Or, was the injured party so careless in bringing the injury upon himself or herself, that it excuses the owner's behavior? The age of the victim is also important. In the case of an injury to a small child, the victim is assumed to have not been careless or negligent in causing the accident. To determine whether the property owner is negligent, our lawyers will investigate sanitary regulations, building codes, safety codes, and any other law that is applicable to the case.Steps You Should Take If You Are Injured On Someone's Property
First, seek medical attention for your injuries. The severity of the injuries might not be apparent. This will provide you with an official record of the results of the accident, and provide us with an important piece of evidence. Next, gather any other forms of evidence. If possible, take pictures of the dangerous condition and collect contact information from any witnesses. If the accident occurred in a business setting, you may be required to fill out an incident report. Keep a copy of the report for your records.
Finally, consult an experienced Boston personal injury attorney before signing any release form. At Bellotti Law Group, we offer a free consultation where we can answer any questions and determine whether you have a worthy claim. If you do, we can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Contact us today to learn about your options.