Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and fall is one of the most common types of accidents and is often the subject of litigation in courts throughout Massachusetts and across the country. As the name implies, these accidents happen when a person slips - or trips, slides, skids or stumbles - and falls to the ground. The incidents regularly occur when a person or business responsible for maintaining a floor, street, or other surface either neglects to do so or fails to warn visitors of any dangerous conditions that may be present.

While slip and fall accidents are fairly common, they can result in serious injury, long hospital stays, and missed work. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits, accounting for roughly 8 million visits to the E.R. each year.

The Eastham slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have been representing clients in a wide range of personal injury matters since 1994. We help clients focus on healing after an accident with the peace of mind of knowing that we are working diligently to protect their rights and maximize the compensation to which they are entitled.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Sometimes a slip and fall accident is just that: an accident. But when that accident is the result of defective design or poor maintenance, the person or organization responsible for the dangerous condition causing the fall can be held accountable for injuries under a legal theory called "premises liability." Generally, a property owner has a responsibility to keep the premises, including floors and sidewalks, in a safe condition and to warn visitors (invited guests, customers, employees, etc.) of any hazards of which the owner knows or should be aware of with regular diligence.

Among other causes, slip and fall accidents often arise under one or more of these circumstances:

  • Liquids can leak onto a floor causing a dangerous, unexpected hazard in places like stores and restaurants.

  • Debris left in aisles or on sidewalks, hangers left on floors, and trash strewn at a worksite pose a danger to both visitors and employees.

  • A defective design, such as a ramp with a sharp, unmarked drop, or uneven stairs or walkways, can cause a dangerous fall.

  • Negligent maintenance can result in a slippery surface, broken stair rail, and other dangerous situations.

  • A contractor's failure to plow snow as required, or a building owner's neglect in maintaining gutters, may also cause a fall.

  • A property owner’s failure to properly clear their property of snow and ice, and/or failure to use sand or salt to help reduce the risk of falls, may result in an injury.

Slip and Fall Legal Assistance

At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our attorneys have the skills, experience, and ability necessary to help clients injured in slip and fall and other accidents obtain financial recovery from any and all responsible parties. We thoroughly review medical documents, witness statements, and other evidence in order to understand the full extent of the injuries, and establish a connection between those injuries and the accident.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. Our lawyers are available to discuss your case in a free initial consultation, and we offer flexible evening, weekend, and offsite hours. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online. We provide legal services to various local communities, including Bourne, Martha’s Vineyard, and Wellfleet. Nós Falamos Português.

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