Landlord v. Tenant – Who Will Prevail in a Negligence Suit?

April 20th, 2018

For a negligence claim, the elements a plaintiff has to prove stay the same on a case by case basis. For example, the plaintiff will first have to prove the defendant owed a legal duty under the circumstances. Additionally, the plaintiff will have to prove that the defendant breached that legal duty by acting or […]

Slip and Fall, Part 2: Notice to Landowner Provable With Recurring Condition

September 25th, 2017

What if you are injured on someone else’s property by falling in a puddle of water caused by a leaky roof?  You are wondering if you have a claim against the landowner. Then you find out that the same puddle and leaking roof were there other times before your fall.  In fact the owner had […]

Slip and Fall, Part 1: Notice to Landowner Provable With Circumstantial Evidence

September 22nd, 2017

Rhode Island landowners have a duty to protect against the risks of a dangerous condition existing on their premises.  If a person suffers injuries after slipping and falling on the landowner’s property, the landowner may be held liable but only if the landowner had notice – knew, or had reason to know – of a […]

Premises Liability: Landowners Must Have Notice of a Defective Condition Before Injury

June 27th, 2017

Some may think that landowners are responsible for any injury on their premises because they have an affirmative duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of persons expected on their land, including protecting against the risks of dangerous conditions.  However, many people don’t realize that a landowner must know or have reason to know […]

June is National Safety Month

June 4th, 2015

RI & MA Accident Attorney Celebrates National Safety Month June is National Safety Month. This annually celebrated event focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death in the United States and helps bring awareness to common safety hazards. From workplace injuries to home accidents and accidents on the road, everyone should practice safety […]

Who Is Liable for Slip and Fall Injuries to Guests and Trespassers?

December 1st, 2014

Did you get injured on property owned by another and wonder whether the landlowner or landlord was negligent?  Let’s take a closer look at the RI premises liability law and how it may apply to you. Duties to Trespassers and Guests Rhode Island law distinguishes a landowner’s duties to trespassers and invited guests. A landowner owes a duty […]

Berman v. Sitrin (2014): RI Supreme Court Upholds Verdict for State in Premises Liability Case

November 17th, 2014

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man rendered a quadriplegic after falling near the Newport Cliff Walk, following a jury verdict in favor of the State of Rhode Island on premises liability.  Berman v. Sitrin, __ A.3d __ (R.I. Nov. 10, 2014). In August 2000, on their honeymoon, Simcha Berman […]

Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney: Stopping Slips, Trips, and Falls

June 18th, 2014

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring awareness to and reduce the risk of key safety issues. Each week is dedicated to its own issue; preventing prescription drug abuse, slips and falls, being aware of your surroundings, and putting an end to distracted driving. This week our […]

RI Slip and Fall Lawyer Tips: 5 Ways To Safely Maintain Your Property

November 20th, 2013

With winter weather on the horizon, now is the time for property owners to ensure the safety of their property. Visit Mike Bottaro’s slip and fall law page to learn more. Below are 5 tips for home and business owners: 1. Have A Plan Preparing for the inevitable snowstorm is half the battle. You should […]