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Springfield Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious, painful, and debilitating injuries. If a personal injury from a fall on someone else’s property led to medical expenses, losses of income and other damages, contact Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers to find out if you are eligible for compensation. Our Springfield slip-and-fall lawyers are caring, sympathetic, and have years of experience representing clients during premises liability claims in Springfield, Massachusetts. Call 617-391-9001 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation today.

Why Hire Our Springfield Slip-and-Fall Lawyer?

Suffering a slip-and-fall can leave victims with serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries or broken bones.  If you were injured due to negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries. To get help building a strong slip-and-fall injury case, one of our trusted lawyers can help by offering the following benefits:

  • We offer award-winning legal representation. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named our lead lawyer one of the state’s Most Powerful Attorneys.
  • We are not afraid of going up against property owners, stores, insurance corporations and other powerful defendants during trials in Hampden County when necessary.
  • Our Springfield slip-and-fall attorney does not charge any fees upfront for our services. We help clients during Springfield slip-and-fall claims on a contingency fee basis.

To learn more about how our team of slip-and-fall lawyers can assist you with your case, contact our Springfield office today.

Slip-and-Fall Accident Laws in Massachusetts

You may or may not have grounds to file a lawsuit after a slip-and-fall accident in Springfield. Your legal rights will vary with the facts of the case. You might have grounds for a claim against the property owner if you believe the owner (or one of the staff members of a business) knew or reasonably should have known about the defect that caused your fall and negligently did not repair it in time to prevent your accident. Property owners have a duty to ensure the reasonable safety of their premises. This standard of care may include multiple duties the owner must complete.

  • Inspecting a property regularly to monitor for any new or hidden hazards, such as structural defects, uneven floor surfaces, broken tiles or water leaks.
  • Repairing discovered defects promptly to minimize the risk of property visitors slipping or tripping and falling.
  • Warning guests of any known hazards that could pose fall risks that the owner has not yet fixed or cannot repair, such as wet floors during a storm.

These are the three main duties of care all property owners in Massachusetts will owe to invited guests (invitees) on a premises. An owner will only owe licensees the second two duties of care, however, and no duties of care to trespassers. A licensee lawfully enters a property but without an invitation, such as a salesperson or contractor. A trespasser does not have the legal right to enter a property. The only circumstances in which an owner might owe duties of care to a trespasser is if the trespasser is a minor.

Common Slip-and-Fall Risks and Injuries

Most slip, trip and fall accidents in Springfield are preventable. They arise when an owner or controller of a property fails to meet an expected standard of care, such as keeping up with premises maintenance or posting warning signs. Neglect or carelessness from a property owner could lead to several slip-and-fall risks.

  • Wet floors
  • Waxy floors
  • Spilled drinks or liquids
  • Snow or ice in a parking lot
  • Valve or pipe leaks
  • Dropped food debris
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Low lighting
  • Unsafe staircases

A slip-and-fall accident can cause hip fractures, other broken bones, wrist and arm injuries, dislocations, soft-tissue damage, back injuries, neck injuries, head trauma, brain injuries, lacerations, and other serious injuries. If you have any type of injury from a slip-and-fall accident in Springfield, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.

Co-managing partner, J. Tucker Merrigan, has received honors for helping clients get the compensation they deserve. These awards include the following: Top 40 Under 40 for National Trial Lawyers, 2023 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice, and more. Co-managing partner, Peter M. Merrigan has received honors for helping his clients in Massachusetts that include 2018 Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers, 2018 Rising Star, Super Lawyers; 2019-2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyer, and more. 

How Do You Prove Negligence in a Slip-and-Fall?

For your slip-and-fall injury claim to be successful, you must prove that the liable party was negligent and that their actions led to your injury. You must provide proof of the four elements of negligence:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care
  • The liable party breached the duty of care
  • The breach of duty of care led to the accident that caused your injury
  • The injury you suffered resulted in losses

To get help collecting the necessary evidence needed to prove negligence in your slip-and-fall case, retain the assistance of one of our Springfield slip-and-fall lawyers.

Contact a Springfield Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Today

Ask a Springfield slip-and-fall attorney about your case after an injurious slip-and-fall accident in Springfield today. The property owner or another party might owe you financial compensation for your damages. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers can take care of the claims process on your behalf. Our goal is to let you focus on getting better while we handle the rest, including negotiating with insurers for you. Contact us online or give us a call at 617-391-9001 for a free accident case review.

1. Can I get coverage for my slip and fall injury through my homeowner’s insurance policy?

Typically, no. Homeowner’s Insurance will usually only cover the cost of the legal defense or any settlement amount should a slip and fall personal injury lawsuit be brought against you. Where you slip and fall on your own property, homeowner’s insurance will not cover your medical costs unless under very specific circumstances.

2. Can I recover for damages on a city sidewalk?

Yes, but not really. Massachusetts law gives cities and towns strong protections from lawsuits arising out of defective sidewalks. Under Massachusetts law, the maximum amount of damages you can recover for injuries that occur on a public sidewalk is $5,000. Additionally, Massachusetts bars any claim brought against a city or town where it is claimed that your slip and fall injury was caused by snow or ice being on a public sidewalk.

3. What if the slip and fall accident happened on rental property?

If you are a tenant or a lawful visitor of a rental property, you may have a valid claim! If you can show that your fall injuries were the result of the property owner’s negligence, you can recover.

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