Property owners, businesses, and municipalities are legally required to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail to do so, and you take a fall and suffer injury as a result, they are held responsible. We have handled countless such claims, from falls on icy, untreated walkways and parking lots to negligently maintained floors and surfaces in stores, malls, restaurants, and on construction sites.
After someone falls, they might easily forget to, or be unable to, take a few photographs of the accident scene and whatever object or condition caused them to fall (e.g., ice, snow, crumbling pavement, food substance). If there is no surveillance footage available, the lack of photographs can be a problem. Physical evidence in these cases often vanishes in a short period of time. Snow and ice can melt quickly. Other hazardous surface conditions can be removed. Often, the accident scene will be quickly cleaned or repaired, destroying the physical evidence.
In order to prove negligence in a slip and fall case in Massachusetts, there must be evidence that the dangerous substance or condition had existed long enough for the property owner/manager to discover it and make the area safe. Photographs can sometimes help to establish how long a condition had likely been present before an accident. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to have someone take pictures and/or videos of the scene. This will preserve evidence that could be crucial on the question of negligence.
If you suffer a falling injury, be sure to seek medical treatment without delay. The longer you wait, the worse for your potential injury claim. If you are wondering whether you have a viable case, call us and let us fully investigate the matter. If your case has merit, we will fight to get you all the compensation you deserve.
If you were injured on someone’s poorly maintained property, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain. Call Finnerty Law Office at 617-544-0987 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.