If an individual is hurt on another person’s property, the property owner is generally held responsible for that injury. In some cases, someone who occupies an apartment may be held to the same standard that a landowner would be held to in a premises liability case. When determining the extent of a property owner’s liability, the law looks at whether or not the injured party was allowed to be on the property.
Archives for: May 7th, 2015
Every day, there is some level of risk that you may slip and fall and hurt yourself while going about your normal activities around Massachusetts, even if you are paying attention to your surroundings. This is because other people’s negligence can create unexpected or hidden hazards that you are unable to avoid, potentially leading you to suffer emotional, physical and financial damages. This is why it is important to seek compensation for your injuries.
In the state of Massachusetts, falls were found to be the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and nonfatal, in people over the age of 65. With the elderly population expected to increase to 20.9 percent in 2030, the negative impacts caused by falls are likely to also increase. By 2020, for example, the national cost of fall-related injuries are expected to reach $54.9 billion.
For parents in Massachusetts, one of the biggest nightmares they might encounter is when their children are seriously injured. Playgrounds, the classic hangouts of children, pose injury risks that are difficult to ignore.
According to Massachusetts legislation, whenever a resident suffers injury or sustains property damage due to a defective or unrepaired surface or because there was no adequate safety barrier installed to prevent the accident from occurring, that person may be able to pursue compensation for their losses. If the liable party, be it a town, city or county, was responsible by law to make the repair or install a safety barrier that could have prevented the person’s losses, then that party may have to make reparation for those losses.
Massachusetts state law provides special provisions regarding premises liability in relation to children less than six years of age. In order to protect children from exposure to harmful lead, property owners must follow certain regulations regarding any contamination on their premises.
Massachusetts baseball fans who might have been following a case of rival team violence at Dodger Stadium would be interested in learning that the jury has found that the Dodgers are partly to blame for the victim’s injuries. The attack occurred on opening day in 2011 at a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
Massachusetts fans of theme parks might be interested in hearing about a recent incident on The Ninja at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. In 2013 the theme park opened its doors to a reported 2.9 million visitors; according to Themed Entertainment Association, the park ranks 18th in attendance figures among all of the theme parks in North America.
Massachusetts residents have every right to expect that the shopping malls, offices and recreational properties they visit are safe. Few people would knowingly visit someplace with hidden hazards that could injure or kill them or family members. Unfortunately, negligence by some property owners leads to exactly that. A property owner can fail to remove water or ice from floors or sidewalks or fail to fix broken handrails that can cause serious injuries.
Especially in coastal states like Massachusetts, winter weather can bring along with it a rise in slip-and-fall injuries. In fact, slip-and-fall accidents can be one of the top causes of injuries that occur on residential and commercial property.