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Rhode Island Premises Liability Lawyers

You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety at someone else’s home or business. That’s something that should be considered long before you arrive. Unfortunately, injuries happen all the time because property owners and their contractors fail to address unsafe conditions. This is where premises liability comes into play.

If you were hurt because of unsafe property conditions, your injuries may be costing you thousands in medical bills, and you may even be unable to work. The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC represents clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have been injured on private and public properties, and we’re ready to fight for you too. If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, contact us today—just call (401) 777-7777, and let us put our experience to work for you.

Dangerous Property Conditions Can Cause Serious Injury

Hazardous property conditions may not always be obvious. Common causes of injuries on public or private properties include:

  • Assaults resulting from inadequate security
  • Assaults and injuries resulting from inadequate lighting
  • Falling objects
  • Negligent property design
  • Safety regulation and protocol violations
  • Slips and falls due to wet surfaces or poorly maintained properties
  • Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
  • Spills or recently mopped and waxed floors
  • Loose or missing railings
  • Dog bites or animal attacks

If you were hurt on another’s property, contact an experienced premises liability attorney today. You’ll need a legal team to investigate your case as soon as possible to avoid losing vital evidence, and the lawyers at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC want to help.

Public Property Injury Laws

If you were injured on public property, such as land or a building owned by the state or a local municipality, there are special laws that apply to your claim. These specific laws require you to provide certain parties with notice of your intent to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to provide this notice on time, the government may be able to deny payment of just compensation for your injuries. Don’t jeopardize your potential rights to compensation—seek legal help right away. We’re available to assist you 24/7—just call (401) 777-7777.

Premises Liability FAQ

Property owners, businesses, and government entities have an obligation to ensure people on their properties are safe. If you or a loved one were on someone else’s property, read our premises liability FAQ to learn how you can take steps to help get the compensation you deserve.

Premises Liability

Isn’t it my own fault if I slipped and fell on someone else’s property?

Not necessarily. Under many circumstances, property owners can be entirely at fault for a person’s slip and fall. For example, a recently mopped floor at the grocery store should be marked with caution signs. If it isn’t, you could easily suffer a fall before realizing the area is slippery. Don’t make assumptions about your ability to file a claim until you speak with an attorney who knows Rhode Island or Massachusetts premises liability law.

Are injuries on someone else’s property covered by an insurance company?

Typically, yes. Most insurance policies cover injury claims from public and private properties. Homeowner’s insurance usually covers a wide range of premises liability claims, and if you’re seeking compensation for an incident at someone else’s home, you will likely be collecting payment from that person’s insurance company.

If I fell while working, am I eligible to file workers’ compensation claim?

Potentially, yes. If you are an employee (not an independent contractor), workers’ compensation will most likely cover your work-related injury. Workers’ compensation provides “no fault” benefits for employees’ injuries, which means that your employer (or their insurance company) must pay whether or not your employer was to blame for your fall.

If you can file a workers’ compensation claim after an injury at work, you may also be able to file a premises liability claim. For example, if your employer leases the facility where you work, the property owner could be fully liable for your losses.

What are some examples of “inadequate security”?

If you were assaulted on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim based upon the property owner’s failure to provide adequate security, including:

  • 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

Can I file a premises liability claim for an injury I suffered in my own apartment or condo building?

Possibly, but you must consider who is responsible for the conditions that led to your injury. If the property owner or manager knew about—or should have known about—the risk of injury and didn’t repair or warn you of the problem, they may be liable for your damages.

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Lawyers Helping Injury Victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

After an injury on someone else’s property, you deserve time to recover and get back on your feet. The premises liability attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC are here to fight for your rights while you focus on getting better. Don’t wait. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (401) 777-7777.