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Building codes are set up for a reason. People who own properties, such as homeowners, business owners, and landlords all have to keep their properties up to a certain standard of safety to protect themselves and those who enter their property. When corners are cut and when property owners are negligent in upholding these standards, accidents happen. If you were injured while working in unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Contacting a trusted lawyer is essential in making sure you get everything you rightfully deserve in your specific case.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to any accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone’s property. This can be anything from trips caused by uneven pavement, slips caused by spills, falling object injuries caused by improperly stacked shelves, or accidents caused by improper lighting. Premises liability accidents usually happen when the owner of a property does not maintain safe conditions and does not issue adequate warnings of known dangers.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
There are a wide variety of premises liability claims. Keep in mind that in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you must have been injured while working. The most common types of premises liability claims include:
- Building code violations
- Falls on snow and ice
- Broken railings
- Damaged stairs and uneven sidewalks
- Inadequate lighting in parking lots, stairways, etc.
- Inadequate security, which may lead to robbery, rape, assaults, etc.
- Slippery substances on the floor
- Improperly stacked shelves
Who is Held Liable?
Under Massachusetts law, business owners and homeowners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions for those that enter their premises. When these safety standards are not upheld and someone gets hurt, the owner of the premises may be held liable for your injuries.
Each premises liability case is different because several factors are taken into consideration when determining liability. This is why it’s important to consult with a specialized attorney to find out if you have a claim to pursue. For example, if a shopper slipped on a spill in a supermarket, it may seem that the owner of the premises would be liable for that shopper’s injuries. However, if the spill was cleaned up in good time and a warning sign was put up, the owner may not be held liable after all.
In order to determine liability, a variety of factors are taken into consideration. The victim must prove that:
- The property owner created unsafe conditions by not cleaning up a spill, not displaying caution signs, improperly stacking shelves, not keeping the building up to code, etc.
- The property owner knew of these unsafe conditions but did not take action to correct them.
- The property owner should have known about the dangers and taken action to fix the problems.
What Premises Liability Compensation is Available?
If you were injured on your employer’s property or on someone else’s property while on the job, you may be entitled to:
- Medical compensation
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Disability compensation
- Lump sum settlements
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Our attorneys at Powers & Caccavale have the legal experience, understanding of the inner workings of insurance companies, and the determination needed to achieve excellent outcomes and maximize your monetary compensation. If you were injured due to unsafe conditions on the job, contact us today so that we can help you get the justice you deserve.