Things You Should Know About Massachusetts Slip and Fall Injuries

This is another area of the law that is very case specific. You should always call to discuss the specific issues regarding your slip and fall. Here are a few things you should know about slip and falls: In Massachusetts, there is no liability for a slip and fall caused by the natural accumulation of snow and ice. It does not matter if the property owner didn’t plow the parking lot or if they did a poor job plowing, if  the snow or ice is there naturally, there is no cause of action. However, if the snow or ice is there due to some unnatural event, such as pumping water out of a basement, there is a cause of action. if the snow or ice covers a defect in the property, there may also be a cause of action. To prove that a property owner is negligent it must be shown that there was an unreasonably dangerous condition and that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the condition and that the property owner failed to use reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the condition and that your injuries were caused by the incident. I often use the following examples to explain the proof needed: Let’s say you are at a restaurant and get up to head to the bathroom. On your way, someone knocks over a glass of water just as you are walking by and you slip and fall. In this case, the property owner is not negligent because they didn’t have any notice of a dangerous condition. However, if the glass of water had...