If you have suffered serious injuries on someone else’s property, then you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for your losses. Slips, falls, dog bites, falling objects, assaults due to inadequate security – these are all common occurrences that leave countless victims suffering from debilitating injuries every year. The property owner or tenant may be legally responsible for your losses; and, if so, you owe it to yourself and your family to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
At Bottaro Law Firm, we regularly represent clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have been injured on private and public property. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of premises liability claims. When you come to us about your injury, we will conduct a thorough investigation; and, if you have a claim, we will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf with our relentless will to win.
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Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
Virtually any type of accident on someone else’s property has the potential to give rise to a premises liability claim. There are a number of factors that go into determining your rights – including the reason why you were on the premises – and in any case, it is important to investigate quickly in order to avoid losing evidence that could be key to your claim for compensation. Some common situations where victims can often seek compensation include suffering injuries while:
- Retail or grocery shopping
- Visiting a professional office building
- Visiting a government building or other public property
- Walking on a sidewalk, parking lot, or alley
- Attending a house party
- Visiting private property for other purposes
Some of the most common types of premises-related injuries include those sustained as a result of (i) slips and falls, and (ii) dog bites.
Slip and Fall Injuries
As a general rule, property owners owe a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. The specifics of this duty can vary under differing circumstances; but, if you have slipped or fallen on someone else’s property – regardless of the circumstances – it is extremely important that you speak with a premises liability attorney to understand your legal rights. Never assume that an accident was your fault, or that you won’t be able to recover compensation for your slip or fall.
Our experienced legal team regularly handles slip and fall cases involving accidents on personal, business, and public property. We can help make sure that you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Dog Bite Injuries
Serious dog bites are more common than most people think, and they often leave victims struggling to cope with life-changing injuries. Massachusetts and Rhode Island both have dog bite laws that protect victims, in many cases (and in all cases in Massachusetts) imposing “strict liability” on the dog owner for a victim’s medical bills and other losses. We regularly represent dog bite victims in both states, and we can seek a prompt, full financial recovery for your injuries.
Other Premises-Related Injuries
Of course, slips, falls, and dog bites are not the only incidents that can lead to premises liability claims. Other common types of claims include:
- Other animal-related injuries, such as when a dog lunges unexpectedly
- Assaults resulting from inadequate security
- Injuries resulting from inadequate lighting
- Falling objects causing injuries
- Negligent property design
- Building code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations
Were You Injured on Public Property?
If you were injured on public property, including land or a building owned by the state or a local municipality, there are special laws that apply to your claim for compensation. These laws impose unique requirements – including a requirement to provide prompt notice of your intent to file a claim. If you do not provide this notice on time, the government may be entitled to deny payment of just compensation for your injuries.
In any event, the sooner you seek help, the sooner you will be able to recover the compensation that you deserve. We are available to assist you 24/7, and if necessary, we can take action immediately to make sure that you don’t lose your right to compensation.
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At Bottaro Law Firm, we are committed to securing the largest possible financial recoveries for our clients’ injuries. In fact, we have recovered millions of dollars in slip-and-fall and other premises liability cases throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you have questions about your rights after an accident, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. To get started, call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online today.
Premises Liability FAQs
Personal Injury Lawyer Mike Bottaro Answers Your Questions about Pursuing a Premises Liability Claim in Massachusetts or Rhode Island
1. Isn’t it my own fault if I slipped and fell?
Not necessarily. In fact, there are numerous circumstances under which a property owner can be 100 percent to blame for a person’s slip and fall. For example, consider a recently mopped floor at the grocery store. If the wet floor isn’t property announced with caution signs, you could easily suffer injuries in a fall before you realize that the area is slippery and dangerous.
There are countless other examples as well. As we mentioned above, you should not make any assumptions about your claim until you speak with an experienced attorney. At The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we can provide a thorough case assessment to help you understand your legal rights.
2. Are premises liability claims covered by insurance?
Yes, premises liability claims are frequently covered by insurance. This includes claims arising on business premises (such as a store, hotel, or restaurant), as well as claims for accidents that occur at private residences. Homeowners’ insurance policies typically cover a wide range of premises liability claims, and if you need to seek compensation for a fall or other accident at someone else’s home, you will most likely be collecting payment from that person’s insurance company.
3. If I fell at work, am I eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation?
Potentially, yes. If you are an employee (not an independent contractor), there is a good chance that your job-related injury will be covered by workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation provides “no-fault” benefits for employees’ injuries, which means that your employer (or its insurance company) must pay, regardless of whether it was to blame for your fall.
However, since workers’ compensation benefits are limited, it will be important to determine whether you have a premises liability claim as well. If your employer leases the facility where you work, the property owner could be fully liable for your losses.
4. What are some examples of unsafe conditions that can make a property owner liable for a visitor’s injuries?
Some of the most common unsafe property conditions that lead to serious injuries include things like:
- Cracked steps
- Improperly designed staircases
- Inadequate lighting
- Loose or missing railings
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Recently mopped and waxed floors
- Worn or damaged flooring
If you aren’t sure whether you have a claim (and most people aren’t), you should schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
5. What are some examples of “inadequate security”?
There is a special category of premises liability claims based upon “negligent” or “inadequate” security. Basically, if you were assaulted on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to file a claim based upon the property owner’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect you from harm. This is important, since a criminal case does not result in payment of just compensation to the victim, and criminals often don’t have enough assets to cover their victims’ losses.
Some common examples of negligent and inadequate security include:
- Deficient security policies and procedures
- Failure to control access to the premises
- Failure to hire appropriate security patrol
- Missing locks
- Inadequate fencing, lighting, or security cameras
6. Can I file a premises liability claim for an injury I suffered in my own apartment or condo building?
It is certainly a possibility. The question, as in all premises liability cases, will be who is responsible for the dangerous condition. If the property owner or property manager knew or should have known of the risk of injury, it may have had a legal duty to repair the problem (or at least warn of the danger) before it caused you harm.
7. What compensation is available to individuals who have suffered premises-related injuries?
If you have a premises liability claim, you may be entitled to financial compensation for many types of losses caused by the dangerous condition including:
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Disability and permanent impairments
- Loss of companionship and loss of consortium
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
One mistake that many accident victims make is settling too early, before they know the full extent of their physical, financial, and emotional harm. In order to seek maximum compensation for your losses, you will need to see an experienced physician and work with other experts who can calculate your total losses. At The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we have relationships with trusted professionals in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island who can make sure that you do not unknowingly settle for less than you deserve.