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Hotels, restaurants, private homes, stores, and public streets can all be dangerous for many reasons. Falling objects, inadequate lighting in stairways, spilled liquids on the floor, or shoddy construction can all lead to serious injuries. But who is responsible? If you were injured while on someone else’s property and you believe it was caused by the property owner’s negligence, you may be eligible for personal injury benefits.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability cases involve accidents, injuries, or death caused by dangerous property or negligent security. Premises liability accidents can happen at residential (private homes), commercial (stores), or public (parks, streets) properties. Faulty building design, poor maintenance, or lack of adequate security may be the basis for your premises liability claim.
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
- Open holes in the ground
- Falling objects
- Structure collapses
- Fires or explosions
- Slips on snow and ice
- Swimming pool injuries
- Inadequate lighting
- Negligent security that results in violent crime
- Dog bites
- Uneven pavements
- Trips/slips/falls at a grocery store
Common Premises Liability Injuries
Since premises liability cases can be so varied, the injuries caused by dangerous property are also very varied. Some of the most common premises liability injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Neck/back injuries
- Head injuries
- Electric shocks
Who is to Blame?
In Massachusetts, a premises liability personal injury claim requires you to prove that the owner of the property is at fault. Landowners are required by law to maintain their property in a safe condition. If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you must prove two things:
- The owner did not maintain safe conditions on their property, which caused you the injury. In order to prove this, our lawyers will work with you to uncover the dangerous conditions of the property and show that the accident could’ve been avoided if the owner took the proper steps to maintain safety. Violations of the Massachusetts Building Code and Sanitary Code are good ways to prove negligence.
- You were using the property normally when you were injured. The owner will not be responsible for your injuries if you were acting in an unauthorized or careless way when you were injured.
Available Compensation in a Premises Liability Claim
You may be wondering what kind of compensation you can expect to receive in your premises liability claim. Since the amount of compensation available to you depends on factors such as type of injury and available insurance, it’s best to speak with a lawyer about your specific case to see what you may be entitled to. Normally, however, you will be eligible for liability damages, and maybe even punitive damages. Liability damages available include:
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Medication costs
- Ambulance costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
If the owner of the property you were injured on committed a crime or serious error, punitive damages may be awarded. These include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact a Massachusetts Premises Liability Lawyer
Going up against a business or corporation in your premises liability claim can seem daunting. After all, they have legal teams and limitless ways to try and prove their innocence. This is why you need a trusted lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve. At Powers & Caccavale, we have years of experience in the area of premises liability and are dedicated to maximizing your personal injury benefits.