Premises Liability - Injuries on Property

Hazards and defects on commercial or residential property

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Many accidents and injuries are caused by defective conditions or other negligence on residential and commercial property. Property-related accident cases can range from simple defects, such as a defective railing, stairway, step, or deck, to the most complex mechanical and design defects resulting in fires, explosions, and electrocutions. As one of the oldest and largest personal injury firms in Massachusetts, SUGARMAN's accident attorneys have a broad range of experience litigating property-related injuries.

Los casos de accidentes relacionados con propiedades, a los que a veces se hace referencia como demandas por "responsabilidad de los establecimientos", implican a el establecimiento la responsabilidad legal de los propietarios, caseros, arrendatarios comerciales y otras personas que tienen el control de la propiedad por las lesiones que se producen en ella. En términos básicos, la ley de Massachusetts requiere que la persona que presenta la demanda establezca que un propietario o responsable de una propiedad causó o permitió negligentemente que existiera una condición defectuosa en su propiedad, resultando en lesiones. El abogado de una persona lesionada establece la negligencia mostrando que existía una condición peligrosa en la propiedad y que debería haber sido arreglada antes de que ocurriera el accidente. La violación del Código de Construcción y del Código Sanitario de Massachusetts, así como de otros códigos y normas, también puede servir como evidencia de negligencia.

Como cualquier cosa en la ley, llegar a un resultado exitoso en un caso de responsabilidad de un establecimiento no siempre es simple, y ciertamente no debe ser visto como simple por su abogado de lesiones personales. El procesamiento exitoso de un caso de accidente relacionado con la propiedad requiere conocimiento, recursos y experiencia en las múltiples especialidades y subespecialidades legales involucradas en la presentación de tales casos. Los abogados de lesiones de SUGARMAN poseen los tres criterios. No todos los casos de accidentes relacionados con propiedades son los más complejos; sin embargo, los abogados de SUGARMAN han manejado algunos de los casos más complejos y notables en la historia reciente de Massachusetts . Estos mismos abogados están disponibles para aportar la vasta experiencia de la firma en esta área de la ley a su caso.


Ejemplos de los tipos de casos de "responsabilidad de los establecimientos" que nuestros abogados de lesiones manejan son numerosos, e incluyen:

  • incendios, explosiones o electrocuciones;
  • seguridad negligente en hoteles y bares que resulte en crímenes violentos;
  • colapso de terraza u otra estructura
  • lesiones en ascensores y escaleras mecánicas;
  • lesiones en campamentos, gimnasios, centros de spa y lugares de diversión;
  • lesiones en piscinas;
  • lesiones por la nieve y el hielo;
  • mordeduras de perro y otras lesiones relacionadas con los animales;
  • defectos en escaleras y pasarelas que provoquen caídas;
  • resbalones, tropiezos o caídas en tiendas o supermercados;
  • moho u otra lesión tóxica; y
  • lesiones a los inquilinos de sus huéspedes en el espacio alquilado o en las áreas comunes


Commercial and Residential Property

Massachusetts imposes a duty of reasonable care on both commercial and residential property owners. In essence, they must take steps to adequately address dangers and hazards on their property before they cause harm to a lawful visitor.


Real Cases

Bowers v. P. Wile's, Inc., 475 Mass. 34 (2016)

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court affirmed the Appellate Court's decision to reverse the trial court's entry of summary judgment. SUGARMAN attorneys represented a woman who was caused to slip and fall on a stone that had been kicked loose from the defendant store's self-service display area, a hazard that the store was well aware of for several years. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed with SUGARMAN's attorneys that the "mode of operation" analysis applied to the facts of the case, vacated the judgment in favor of the defendant and remanded the case back to the Superior Court for further proceedings.

Defective apartment window screen

Settlement received from manufacturer, seller and landlord. Toddler fell out of a third-floor apartment window due to dangerous design, installation, and maintenance of the window screen, resulting in severe brain and orthopedic injuries to the child.

Trip and fall in supermarket parking lot

Settlement reached with owner of parking lot on behalf of an 85-year-old women who suffered a left femur fracture. The injury occurred when the woman tripped on an uneven surface in the parking lot.

Snow and Ice Cases

Snow and ice is a way of life in Massachusetts during the winter. Pedestrians, however, have a right to expect that a property takes measures to treat or remove snow and ice on property so that it is safe to walk on.


Real Cases

Town building inspector slips on ice during inspection

Settlement for a town building inspector who slipped on an icy unpaved driveway while performing an inspection of the defendant’s property, resulting in severe and permanent leg injuries that rendered him totally disabled from performing his job as a building inspector.

Slip on ice by grocery clerk

Settlement reached for a grocery clerk who slipped on ice in the employee parking lot as he was leaving work for the day, resulting in quadriplegic injuries.

Loading dock worker injured neck due to slip and fall on ice

Settlement for plaintiff against owner of loading dock for failure to properly remove ice from walking surfaces, causing fall and neck injury requiring cervical fusion surgery.

How SUGARMAN Can Help You.

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We will advise you regarding your potential case and the relevant law.

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We will investigate for you and bring legal proceedings if appropriate.

SUGARMAN lawyers know that the damage done to lives by injury can be profound, yet often difficult to quantify or describe. And those effects last a lifetime. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to make a powerful case by developing the evidence and using expert consultation and testimony in order to prove your claim at trial. Just as important, we represent the injured and their families with special regard for the social, mental and emotional issues they face.

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