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Boston Premises Liability Attorney

Experienced Massachusetts lawyer representing those injured on unsafe premises

Property owners or managers have an implied duty to ensure patrons' safety. If property owners become aware of a danger on the premises, they must address the hazards expediently by resolving the issue or posting a clear and obvious warning to those permitted on the property. When the hazard is not addressed in these ways and a person sustains injury because of the property owner's negligence, the injured victim may have negligence case against the owner or manager for the failure to prevent or remedy the dangerous condition.

Some examples of the dangerous conditions giving rise to the premises liability case include the following:

  • A slippery floor due to the nature of the surface, an accumulation of water, or the presence of a foreign substance such as oil
  • An accumulation of snow and ice
  • Lack of hand rails next to stairways or stairwells
  • Inadequate, broken or poorly designed handrails
  • Broken stairs
  • Stairs with improper risers or treads
  • Trip and fall on shallow or irregular stairs
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Improperly designed entrances or exits
  • Other defects on the property which cause you to slip, trip or fall

In Massachusetts, a property owner or the person controlling or using the property may be responsible for personal injuries you suffer while visiting or using their property. Also, the person in control of or the custodian of a dog is strictly liable in Massachusetts to a person bitten or knocked over by the dog.

The Law Firm of Jonathan D. Light, P.C. handles all types of premises liability cases including the following:

  • Unsafe or broken railings
  • Broken or rotten steps
  • Trip and fall on uneven pavement or stairs
  • Lack of stair, porch, balcony handrails
  • Floor or building collapse
  • Falling objects
  • Porch, deck or balcony collapse or defects
  • Poorly maintained smoke detectors
  • Unsafe apartment condition
  • Dog bites
  • Escalator and elevator accidents
  • Rapes and sexual assaults against landlord, commercial establishment or hotel
  • Injury or death from owner's or manager's negligent security
  • Slip on snow and ice
  • Slip on foreign substances, water, oil, or spilled food or drinks
  • Neglected parking lots
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Fire and smoke injuries
  • Building code violations
  • Toxic substance exposure
  • Industrial accidents
  • Inadequate security issues, including assaults on premises
  • Trip and falls at commercial businesses and hotels
  • Unmarked stairs, curbstones, edges

Click here to view our case results page to learn more about some of the firm's prominent recoveries for individuals and families seriously or fatally injured in a premises liability case.

How liability is determined

The property owner is not necessarily responsible for every injury that occurs on the property in question. In the case of rental properties, the landlord and tenant may share responsibility for safe and hazard-free grounds, and only a close review of the rental agreement and the facts of the case can determine the negligent party. Similarly, the lessee of a commercial property may have the responsibility of maintaining safety on the premises and not the property owner.

The specifics of the situation and the cause of the damaged or unsafe property are critical to determining liability. The owner must have known about the issue in a reasonable amount of time to address the hazard before the injury was sustained. If the injury victim was negligent in not acknowledging warning signs, he or she may be the liable party and therefore have no case.

Contact a qualified Boston premises liability firm with 35 years experience, proven ability, integrity and dedication

The Law Firm of Jonathan D. Light, P.C. has handled premises liability cases involving injuries sustained on private property, in an apartment, in a retail store, worksite and governmental lands throughout Boston and the state of Massachusetts. Call 617-245-0220 or contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation on your premises liability case. The firm serves clients in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.