Slip and fall accidents refer to an unexpected personal injury which occurs when a person accidentally slips on someone else’s premises and is injured. Usually, these slip and fall accident cases fall under the premises liability claims. The property owners can be legally responsible for these slip and fall accident cases since, in most cases, these accidents occur due to their negligence of property maintenance. These accidents can cause a variety of injuries to a person such as neck injury, broken bones, knee damage, nerve and spine damage, cuts and bruises, sprained ankles and wrists, shoulder dislocations, traumatic brain injury, muscle strains or even death.
In such cases, the person to whom these slip and fall accidents have happened can file an injury claim in court against the property owner through a personal injury lawsuit.
There are a number of laws regarding these slip and fall accidents in Massachusetts. The Statute of Limitations and shared fault are the two most important laws which determine how the cases are judged by the lawyers in Massachusetts.
The statute of limitations is a law that implements a time limitation on the hearing of the case regarding the slip and fall accident in the civil court system and these time limits can vary accordingly depending on the type of case. This time limit set by the statute of limitations is important for a person who has suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident caused by someone’s negligence. Their right to recover compensation after the deadline against the negligent party has passed will cause the court to dismiss the case.
According to the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260 Section 2A, an individual to whom a slip and fall accident has occurred and has suffered damages due to someone else’s negligence in maintaining their property, has a right to seek compensation from the opposite party and to do so that person must file a lawsuit within three years. In addition, should a person die due to a slip and fall accident, a wrongful death lawsuit is filed against the opposite party and that must also be filed within three years according to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229 section 2.
The victims of slip and fall cases can personally negotiate with the insurance company of the landowner before filing the lawsuit. However, the victim’s best option would be to consult with an experienced and reputable slip and fall case attorney in Massachusetts since they will significantly help the victim to successfully obtain the most compensation possible.
While an accident due to negligence in maintaining the condition of their premise may not sound as serious as other types of accidents, the physical injuries and medical expenses can cause emotional trauma for the victim. In this regard, the attorneys can help the victim seek financial compensation from the opposite party.
By calculating the amount of medical expenses including lost wages, future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and other damages, the lawyers assist the victims of slip and fall accidents to obtain justice and financial compensation as well.
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