We rely on property owners to maintain a space that is safe. Whether you are renting an apartment, a home, or another type of property, most of us generally expect the environment to be free of dangers that could cause us harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and preventable accidents happen, resulting in terrible injuries.
Falls happen every day, and they can cause serious injuries. More than 800,000 people a year in the U.S. are hospitalized because of fall injuries, according to the CDC. Many falls result from hazardous conditions existing on a property due to negligence. If you have been injured in a fall accident that was someone else’s fault, you may file a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Statements from eyewitnesses to the accident can help your claim.
Many of us know to call the police if we are involved in an auto accident. Not only does this ensure that everyone involved receives speedy medical treatment, but a police report can help accident victims file an auto accident claim down the line to receive compensation.
Winter is steadily encroaching on Boston, and with it comes the looming dangers of thunderstorms and snowfall. While our weather can be unpredictable, pedestrians always have the threat of suffering serious falls due to icy walkways, wet floors, and snow-covered sidewalks. Many people may attribute these injuries to clumsiness or inattentiveness, but property owners still hold a significant amount of liability for winter slip-and-falls, especially in their own buildings.
Injuries caused by negligent property owners can often lead to a premise’s liability claim, which allows the victim to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. A viable case requires proving that the property owner knew about a safety hazard, failed to fix it, and that hazard caused injury to the victim. This may involve a large amount of evidence, demonstrations of damages through costly medical bills, and a series of complex negotiations between lawyers. However, some cases must also contend with the ferae naturae doctrine, which can complicate matters further.
The city of Boston maintains a clear distinction between who is legally responsible for private and public streets and sidewalks, and this distinction is critical when filing a claim for injuries in a slip and fall accident. When you file a claim or lawsuit to recover damages, you are asserting three basic facts:
Summer is firmly here, and that means more fun outdoor activities like barbecues, hiking, and taking a dip in the pool. Although they are a great way to take advantage of the warm summer months, swimming pools can be a danger if proper safety measures are not taken. Here at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we have seen how poor pool-safety practices have led to many premises liability issues and resulted in legal action.
In mid-November, Boston’s local CBS affiliate announced Bostonians should expect a “snowier and colder than average” winter this year. It’s estimated we’ll receive at least 65 inches of snow at Logan Airport, and that number may substantially rise depending on the El Niño factor.
Knowing that we’re in for a cold and wet winter, it’s important to remember sidewalks, steps, and footpaths will require extra care and attention from property owners to prevent sidewalk slip-and-fall injuries.
Thousands of people in Massachusetts ride elevators during their workday, never thinking they could be injured or killed. Everyone, from construction workers to office workers, enters the elevator car assuming that it will be an uneventful ride. But all mechanical devices can fail. And if an elevator fails or malfunctions, there is a good chance that the occupant will be injured.
With over 37,000 seats, Fenway Park is packed to capacity for just about every Red Sox game. While fans typically leave these games with hoarse throats and great memories, they can also leave with injuries. One fan found that out recently, after being struck by a flyaway baseball bat.
Now that the Red Sox are facing the L.A. Dodgers in the World Series, conditions are going to get crowded!