Cambridge Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and falls are one of the most common ways in which people injure themselves in everyday life. They can happen anywhere and at any time, whether on the streets of Boston, a park in Cambridge or anywhere else imaginable in Massachusetts and beyond. Slip and falls are sometimes simple accidents, but in the instance that your slip and fall injury was caused by somebody else’s negligence, contact a slip and fall accident attorney at Altman & Altman LLP today to get started on a claim for damages.
There are over one million slip and fall injuries in America each year, with over 17,000 of those being fatal, according to the Center for Disease Control. This means that every day nearly 50 people die from slip and fall injuries in the United States.What Caused Your Slip and Fall Injury?
Slips and falls can happen from simply not watching your step and slipping on your own staircase. However, more often a slip and fall injury occurs because there is some type of unexpected obstacle or hazard that presents itself and catches a person off guard, causing their body to suddenly lose balance and succumb to gravity, which can have devastating results – especially for senior citizens – such as broken bones, deep contusions or damaged ligaments.
Depending on how your slip and fall injury occurred, there may be somebody potentially liable, or multiple parties liable. Common contributors to slip and fall injuries include:
- Icy or wet stairs
- Spills inside stores or restaurants that aren’t cleaned up
- Puddles or patches of ice on public walkways
- Obstructions on sidewalks or stairwells that aren’t made apparent by signage or a marker, such as a loose or broken step or a sidewalk that is undergoing construction or otherwise damaged
Assessing liable parties for a slip and fall injury can be complicated and may involve multiple parties, so it is always best to consult with an attorney, who will be able to listen to what happened and assess the proper protocol with which to proceed in a claim for damages. In some cases, a liable party will be willing to settle out of court for an agreed upon amount, usually in accordance with their insurance company. Other cases may require a courtroom trial. No matter the case, Altman & Altman attorneys are equipped to handle it.How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
Massachusetts state law dictates a three-year statute of limitations for slip and fall injuries, meaning even if your injury happened in the past, you may still be able to bring forth a claim against a party you deem liable for the injury. You may be able to retroactively receive money lost from being unable to work, money lost to medical expenses and additional money from pain and suffering. The only way to find out if you have a case is to contact an attorney and describe your case.
Slip and fall injuries can be devastating and potentially life-threatening, especially to senior citizens. If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury and you believe that the injury could have been prevented, contact the law offices of Altman & Altman LLP today. We have over 50 years of experience helping our clients in Cambridge, Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Even if your injury happened in the past, we may still be able to get you compensation for the injury you sustained.
Call us for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.