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Mansfield Slip and Fall Attorneys

A slip-and-fall accident occurs when a person slips and falls as a result of dangerous or unsafe property conditions. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in painful and debilitating injuries for the victims, who may suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, or other painful injuries. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be legally entitled to financial compensation.

Property owners are legally obligated to maintain safe premises 


Property owners in Massachusetts have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition at all times. As the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently said:

“If a property owner knows or reasonably should know of a dangerous condition on its property, whether arising from an accumulation of snow or ice, or rust on a railing, or a discarded banana peel, the property owner owes a duty to lawful visitors to make reasonable efforts to protect lawful visitors against the danger.”

When a property owner allows a hazardous condition to exist on his property which causes an injury to a guest or patron, the owner may be held liable for damages. Some of the most common places where slip-and-fall accidents occur include:

  • In hotels, supermarkets, and retail stores
  • In the workplace
  • In apartment buildings and lobbies
  • On poorly maintained stairways
  • On snowy or icy surfaces
  • In public parking lots

Slippery floors, poor lighting, and ice often cause accidents

Slip and fall victims are often injured as the result of:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Failure to remove snow or ice
  • Cracked, uneven, or broken pavement
  • Tattered or torn carpets
  • Broken or poorly maintained handrails
  • Broken steps
  • Products falling from shelves in stoves
  • Potholes
  • Poor lighting

Slip and fall cases require immediate investigation

To win a slip and fall case, you must prove that the property owner not only knew about the unsafe or hazardous condition, but also failed to repair or fix the condition in a reasonable amount of time. Because the condition of premises can change so quickly, it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately after the accident to investigate the circumstances surrounding your fall. We will work with accident reconstruction experts and building code specialists to prove that the accident was caused by unsafe conditions that could have been prevented by the owner of the premises.

Contact an attorney as soon as possible

It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a slip and fall injury. There may be limits on how much time is available to file a claim. A knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer can advise you about your options. For advice about your options if you fall and are injured on someone else’s property, contact Sankey Law Offices at our Boston, Mansfield, or Braintree office. We will help you receive compensation for your injuries, property damage and lost wages.