Gloucester Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip & Fall Accidents in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester, Massachusetts, named after Gloucester in England, is a popular summer destination and home to approximately 29,917 residents. Gloucester is well known for its rich fishing history and flourishing fishing ports, as well as its beautiful beaches. Popular attractions in Gloucester include Good Harbor, Wingaersheek and Singing beaches, Halibut Point State Park, Hammonds Castle, and Gloucester House, which is famous for its cuisine.
When visiting a space that’s not your own, it can be difficult to identify hazards, increasing the risk of slip & fall accidents. If you suffer a slip & fall accident on another person’s premises due to the owner’s negligence, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit for compensation.
A Gloucester injury lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. will assess whether grounds for legal action exist and, when warranted, will passionately fight your case in court. Call us today at (978) 327-5140 for a free consultation.
Where and How Slips and Falls Happen
While slip & fall accidents can happen anywhere, they’re particularly common in restaurants, malls, gas stations, workplaces, parks or playgrounds, parking lots and grocery stores. This is likely due to the high public use of these areas as well as the potential for a range of hazards present in these locations.
Premises owners, including business owners, government entities, and homeowners, have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep their visitors safe. When they fail to do so, they can be liable for the injuries their visitor sustains as a result. Common hazards that may cause a slip & fall accident that the premises owner can be liable for include:
- Slippery floors/surfaces
- Broken or worn staircases or malfunctioning elevators
- Unusual obstructions or tripping hazards
- Uneven or cracked surfaces (e.g. tiles, wooden flooring, pavements)
- Insufficient lighting
Common Injuries Sustained
As a variety of causes to slip & fall accidents exist—and these range in severity—the types of injuries a person can sustain from a slip & fall accident vary greatly. While some people may assume these accidents are unlikely to result in serious injuries, in reality, these accidents can have life-altering, even fatal, consequences.
Serious falls can result in traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, and in tragic instances, death. Broken bones are also a common consequence of slips and falls. Serious lacerations or wounds can also occur where a person lands on another hazard or uneven surface. Other common injuries from slip & fall accidents include pulled ligaments or muscles, cuts, scrapes and bruises, or recurring pain.
To prove liability for an accident, a lawyer can collect witness statements, CCTV footage, or hire an expert investigator or scene re-enactor to establish how the property owner was at fault for your incident.
DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Fights For You
After a slip & fall accident where the owner of the property is at fault, receiving compensation can be crucial for your financial situation, recovery, and for a sense of justice or deterrence. In a successful premises liability case, compensation may be available not only for medical bills but also for lost wages, pain and suffering, and a lower quality of life.
Premises liability cases, a subset of negligence laws, can be difficult to win. Having a skilled premises liability attorney from DiBella Law Offices, P.C. on your side, with experience receiving favorable outcomes in slip & fall cases, drastically increases your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
If you suffered a slip & fall accident and another person is at fault in Gloucester, call us today at (978) 327-5140 so we can guide you through your legal options and, when justified, fight for your right to compensation.