Slip and Falls

A slip and fall injury is a common occurrence that happens each year. Unfortunately some victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can sometimes result in wrongful death. Unlit stairwells, wet floors, icy and snow conditions, and construction site defects can often have catastrophic results.Falls can happen on the job, they can also occur because of unsafe property conditions that a property owner either fails to repair or notice, posing a danger to the general public.

Some dangerous conditions that commonly cause slip and fall accidents are:

  • Wet floors and spills
  • Damaged steps or stairs
  • Broken handrails
  • Snow and ice on walkways
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Potholes
  • Torn or faulty carpeting
  • Liquids which leak onto a floor causing a dangerous unexpected hazard
  • Debris left in aisles or on sidewalks
  • Hangers left on floors
  • A defective design such as a ramp with a sharp, unmarked drop, or uneven stairs or walkways
  • Failure to clear snow and ice, by a property owner and/or failure to use sand or salt

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Massachusetts is three years from the date of the incident. If a claim is not filed within this deadline, then your case will be dismissed. If you are filing a claim against a government entity, because of a poorly maintained sidewalk or road, then you must give formal notice to that entity and the time period to file is reduced to two years. Prompt investigation of your fall is imperative.

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At the Law Office of Rachel Matos we have the knowledge and experience that it takes to successfully pursue slip and fall claims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the Law Office of Rachel Matos today.