Trip and fall accidents happen every day, in Massachusetts and around the country. Because most of us have taken an unexpected tumble at some point or other and simply dusted ourselves off and gone on, many people don’t realize just how serious a trip and fall injury can be. But, trip and fall accidents can lead to hospitalization, long-term medical problems, and even death.
Some of the most common types of trip and fall lawsuits involve:
Although anyone can be injured in a trip and fall accident, they are especially dangerous for older Americans. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that more than 40,000 Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older are treated for falls in emergency rooms each year. More than 21, 000 are hospitalized, and more than 400 die. 39% of these accidents involve same-level falls, such as trips and trips.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, trip and fall injuries are also the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
When a trip and fall injury takes place on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Under Massachusetts law, both businesses and individual property owners have an obligation to keep their premises safe for those who legally enter the property. Others who have control over the premises, such as tenants, share this responsibility.
To establish a premises liability claim, the injured party must show that the property owner and/or tenant breached that duty, and that the breach caused the accident and resulting injury. Some examples of situations in which a property owner or occupant might be legally responsible for a fall on the property include:
Under Massachusetts law, an injured party may be entitled to damages even if he or she was partially responsible for the accident. However, damages may be reduced in proportion to the victim’s fault. For example, a victim who suffered $100,000 in damages but was 25% responsible for his own injury might be awarded $75,000.
Compensation in trip and fall injury cases varies. Some factors, such as the degree of fault attributable to the defendant and the actual damages sustained by the victim, are straightforward. However, a number of other variables may impact the settlement offered or the outcome of a trip and fall lawsuit. These include the strength of the case assembled by your attorney, the evidence available, the quality of expert witnesses supporting your claim, and more. That’s why it is to your advantage to work with an experienced Massachusetts trip and fall attorney.
Damages may include:
Broderick Law Firm, LLC Gets Results for Trip and Fall Victims
Kevin Broderick has years experienced fighting and winning personal injury cases for victims of trip and fall accidents. He knows how to handle insurance companies and other attorneys, and his results prove it. Here are just a few examples.
$240,000.00 Settlement – Mr. H. who was working as a delivery person making a delivery to a loading dock of a company, when he tripped and fell, causing multiple injuries, including a partially detached retina in his left eye.
$125,000 Settlement – Mrs. E was a tenant that fell approximately 10 feet when the railing on the back porch suddenly broke free from the house suffering a concussion, chipped tooth, facial and jaw pain, non-displaced acute left radial head fracture with elbow effusion and a type 2 slap lesion and glenoid labrum tear.
You can see even more examples on our results page.
Under most circumstances, Massachusetts law allows up to three years to file a trip and fall lawsuit. However, the sooner you connect with a personal injury attorney experienced in trip and fall cases, the better opportunity that attorney will have to build a strong case on your behalf. Don’t let evidence disappear or witness memories fade—get help today.
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