Defective stairways, potholes, wet floors, uneven landscaping, produce on a grocery store floor and unmarked step-downs are all examples of hazards that contribute to causing falls and physical injuries. This area of the law is commonly known as premises liability. Property owners may be liable to injured individuals for hazardous conditions that they should have repaired.
The law in Massachusetts requires all property owners to maintain their property with reasonable care. Reasonable care is best described as the level of caution and concern for the safety of oneself and others that a careful person would use under the circumstances. At Dolan Connly, P.C., we have over two decades of experience representing clients who have been injured because of negligent maintenance or other dangerous property conditions.
Falls on Snow and Ice
In New England, one of the more common areas of premises liability law concerns individuals who are seriously injured as a result of falls on ice. We have handled hundreds of cases regarding falls on snow and ice, including tenants who were injured due to a landlord’s failure to remove snow and ice from common areas and individuals injured on the sidewalks of Boston.
Another area of premises liability law is negligent security. Negligent security cases involve individuals who are injured as a result of an owner’s failure to make his property safe. For example, a parking garage owner is required to provide adequate lighting and security so that individuals entering upon the garage late at night are not put in harm’s way and injured by the criminal actions of a third party.