Experienced Slip and Fall Attorneys
Serving Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Firm founder Mike Bottaro has successfully represented those injured on others’ property throughout our local communities. These cases arise under “premises liability law” and may involve slips, trips, and other type of events that can cause serious injuries.
What Do our RI Slip and Fall Lawyers Need to Prove After a Slip and Fall?
The general law is that a landowner has a duty to use reasonable care to keep and maintain the premises in a safe condition and to protect those individuals reasonably expected to be on the premises against the risks to be apprehended from a dangerous condition existing on the premises. Basically, there must be evidence to support allegations that an unreasonably dangerous condition existed on the premises, the owner knew or should have known of the condition, and injury resulted due to the owner’s failure to correct the condition or adequately warn of its existence.
Why Should You Act Quickly in Contacting our RI Slip and Fall Lawyers?
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To make your case, we need important evidence. In a RI or MA slip and fall case, the condition of the property is important and should be recorded as soon as possible. Also, there are circumstances when delay may result in the inability to bring a claim. There may be important notice requirements, for example, if a public entity owned the property. It is essential to contact our RI and MA personal injury lawyers right away to preserve your rights. Failure to comply can destroy your claim entirely.
Who Will Pay Your Medical Expenses and Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall?
If you have experienced a slip and fall, then you may be entitled to coverage for your medical expenses (including out of pocket co-pays and deductibles) as well as your gross lost wages. When you contact us, we will discuss your situation for free in greater detail.
What is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
The answer depends on various factors including how the slip and fall occurred, the condition of the premises, and the types of damages incurred as detailed here, “What is my case worth?”
Do Property Owners Guarantee Your Safety?
No. Property owners are only responsible for maintaining the land in a reasonably safe condition. Our lawyers are knowledgeable in premises liability law and will start to investigate whether the property owner or others have breached their duties owed to those on the property.
Reasons to Choose Bottaro Law for your Slip & Fall Case
- Millions recovered for our clients
- Top rated attorneys
- Quick & Courteous service
Slip and Fall FAQs
Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident on Someone Else’s Property? Learn More about Your Rights in These FAQs From The Bottaro Law Firm
1. How do I prove that a property owner is responsible for my slip and fall?
When you areinjured on a business’s premises, on public property, or at someone else’s home, there are some important steps that you should try to take in order to help establish your claim for financial compensation. One of the best ways to prove that a property owner is responsible for your slip and fall injuries is to take photos at the scene of the accident. Especially with something like a spill that will disappear over time, photos can provide evidence critical to securing financial recovery.
Of course, photos aren’t the only type of evidence. Witness statements, your own testimony, and even your medical records can all point to the cause of a slip and fall. If it appears that you may have a claim based upon your free initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough investigation and make sure that you obtain appropriate medical care in order to establish liability for your injuries.
2. Who decides how much compensation I will receive for my slip and fall?
In most cases, the answer is you. Why? Because most slip and fall claims settle, and it is up to you when (and whether) to settle your case. At The Bottaro Law Firm, we make sure that our clients know exactly how much they will take home when they receive a settlement offer so that they can make informed decisions about protecting their legal rights.
However, if your case does not settle, then you may choose to file a claim in court. If your case goes to trial, a judge or jury will determine the amount you should receive for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
3. What will it cost to hire an attorney for my slip and fall claim?
If you choose The Bottaro Law Firm, it will not cost you anything out of pocket to hire an attorney for your slip and fall claim. This is because all clients receive our no-fee guarantee. Our guarantee means: (i) you do not pay a retainer, (ii) there are no hourly rates or hidden costs, and (iii) you don’t owe us anything unless we win financial compensation for your losses.
4. What can I expect once I hire an attorney to represent me?
Once you hire an attorney to represent you, one of the first steps will be for your attorney to let the insurance companies know that you have legal representation. From this point on, you should not have to deal with insurance adjusters on your own. Your attorney and the law firm’s professional staff members should handle the vast majority of your claim for you, keeping you up-to-date and seeking your input when necessary.
Your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company in order to obtain a favorable settlement that fairly compensates you for your injury-related losses. If you do not receive a reasonable offer, then your case may go to trial.
5. What if the property owner claims it didn’t know about the dangerous condition?
This is a common defense tactic; however, in many cases, it is not enough for the property owner to avoid liability. In both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, property owners can often be held liable if they should have known about the dangerous condition that led to a visitor’s injury.
6. Can a business be held liable if it leases the premises where I slipped and fell?
Yes. In many cases, a business (and not the property owner) will have control over the premises and therefore will be liable for injuries resulting from certain dangerous conditions. When we investigate your claim, one of the main focuses of our investigation will be to identify the party responsible for your injuries.
7. What are some examples of dangerous conditions that can support a slip and fall claim?
Some of the most common dangerous property conditions we see include:
- Cracks and other defects in sidewalks and pavement
- Dangerous stairs
- Loose and broken handrails
- Recently cleaned floors
- Spilled foods, liquids, and chemicals
- Torn or worn carpeting
- Other repair and maintenance issues
To find out if you have a claim for compensation based on your slip and fall, contact The Bottaro Law Firm for a free consultation today.