Slip and Fall

Cappetta Law Offices is dedicated to providing experienced legal service in personal injury law. Led by Daniel J. Cappetta, we are devoted to defending victims injured by negligence. At Cappetta Law Offices, legal consultations are always free and you receive representation at no up-front cost. We never charge attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.

SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENTS

Slip-and-fall accidents account for more than one-third of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries in the United States. The body is not prepared to brace itself for sudden, unexpected falls, resulting in greater impact to the head and back. Slip-and-falls are especially dangerous to young children under 14 years of age, whose bones have not yet calcified to protect the brain and neck. They may also prove fatal to patients over 65, who often never recover from hip replacements and other complications of surgery.

SLIP-AND-FALL INJURIES

These accidents sound benign, but can cause severe, even fatal, injuries. Maintaining the body’s center of gravity is essential to balance and standing upright. An unexpected fall may cause a variety of injuries, including:

  • Lacerations, bruises
  • Broken bones and teeth
  • Hairline sprains, fractures
  • Dislocated hips and joints
  • Chronic neck, shoulder pain
  • Pinched nerves, back spasms
  • Permanent scarring, disability
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord damage
    • Impaired memory, learning, cognition
    • Partial or total loss of mobility, paralysis
SLIP-AND-FALLS ON PROPERTY

People are more likely to slip and fall in unfamiliar surroundings when their attention is focused elsewhere. Without proper bearings, they are unlikely to expect dangerous conditions on property until it is too late. Slip-and-fall accidents have a variety of causes, including:

  • Slick floors
  • Spilled drinks
  • Smeared fluids
  • Cleaning residue
  • Broken steps
  • Loose handrails
  • Uneven walkways
  • Fallen merchandise
  • Weak balconies
  • Falls from ladders
  • Collapsing scaffolding
  • Elevators, escalators
PROPERTY OWNERS AND PREMISES LIABILITY

Property owners and other parties in control of the premises have a duty to protect invitees from unreasonable harm. Invitees are those who must enter or remain on the property for any legitimate purpose. They include everyone from workers, shoppers, and visitors to tenants, surveyors, and guests. Unreasonable harm refers to injuries caused by preventable dangers on the property. Slippery floors, loose handrails, and uneven steps are all dangerous conditions likely to cause harm. Left untended, they present a foreseeable risk of danger, like slip-and-fall accidents.

LEGAL DUTY AND LIABILITY FOR SLIP-AND-FALLS

Parties in control of the property must take “reasonable” steps to fulfill their duty of care. This means performing periodic inspections to check the premises for slick surfaces or other dangerous conditions that may cause a slip-and-fall accident. It may require blocking off dangerous areas, cleaning up spills, and clearing the aisles of fallen merchandise. Owners may also have to fix loose handrails, fill in potholes, and repair other dangerous conditions that would pose foreseeable harm to invitees. Those who fail to eliminate or repair the premises breach their legal duty to invitees. As such, they are liable for any injuries caused by the dangerous condition.

RECOVER COMPENSATION FOR YOUR HARM

If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact a Massachusetts premises liability lawyer for help. Cappetta Law Offices provides experienced legal representation to personal injury victims in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and beyond. Daniel J. Cappetta promptly provides free legal consultations and dedicated representation at no up-front cost to you. You pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Cappetta Law Offices understands that slip-and-fall accidents are more than embarrassing; they cause serious injury and financial loss. That is why we are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.

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