Overgrown yards are not only unsightly, but they can also cause accidents that result in serious harm. When property owners negligently fail to maintain their property it can result in hazardous conditions that impede walkways, causing innocent pedestrians to fall. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident caused by hazardous landscaping, a skilled Cape Cod premises liability lawyer can assess your options for pursuing compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, have in excess of 150 years of collective experience helping local residents who have sustained harm in falls seek damages from negligent parties. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident caused by hazardous landscaping conditions, we will work diligently to help you pursue any damages you may be owed. Our experience and adept handling of personal injury cases has allowed us to recover many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.Hazardous Landscaping Conditions
Overgrown landscaping such as bushes, shrubs, and tall grasses that cover sidewalks can force pedestrians to walk in streets and areas other than the sidewalk, which can have uneven terrain that causes the pedestrian to trip and fall. Additionally, certain trees and bushes drop an excessive amount of foliage, flowers and berries on sidewalks, making them slippery and hazardous for pedestrians.Property Owner Liability
Under Massachusetts law, anyone who owns or is in control of a property has a duty to maintain the property in a safe condition for individuals who lawfully enter the property. To hold a property owner liable for a hazardous condition created by his or her property, you must show that they breached the duty to keep the property in a safe condition. It is not sufficient to merely show the property owner breached the duty by allowing a hazardous condition to exist on the property, however. You must also show that the condition caused you to fall, and that the owner knew or should have known about the condition. Additionally, you must show the property owner did nothing to remedy the condition or warn anyone of the dangers of the condition before your fall. Lastly, you must show you sustained injuries in the fall.
An issue of contention that often arises in slip and fall accident cases is whether the property owner had sufficient notice of the hazardous condition prior to the fall. A skilled personal injury attorney will seek evidence via discovery to establish how long the condition existed prior to the accident and support the argument the property owner knew or should have known of the condition.Pursuable Damages
Slip and fall accidents can result in a variety of injuries, including lacerations, torn tendons and ligaments and broken bones. Treatment for injuries sustained in a slip and fall caused by hazardous landscaping can include surgery, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. If you sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident you can pursue damages for the cost of any medical treatment for your injuries, as well as the cost of treatment you may need in the future. In addition to the damages for the cost of treatment, you may be able to recover damages for any pain and suffering caused by your injuries. If you were unable to work due to your injuries you can seek compensation for loss of wages and loss of future earnings as well. If you were married at the time of the accident, your spouse can seek compensation for loss of your services and companionship. An experienced injury lawyer can assess the full extent of your harm and help you set forth arguments to assist you in your pursuit of any damages you may be owed.Schedule a Meeting with a Slip and Fall Attorney in Cape Cod
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our lawyers have a record of achieving favorable verdicts for parties injured in slip and fall accidents caused by dangerous conditions such as hazardous landscaping. We assess each case individually and will work with you to develop and present arguments in support of your case. Our skillful advocacy has allowed us to maintain a record of favorable verdicts, with many verdicts in excess of a million dollars. We represent clients in Cape Cod and are available for consultations in Hyannis and Plymouth as well. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us through our online form to schedule a meeting. Nós Falamos Português.