Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine Personal Injury Attorney: Premises Liability / Slip & Fall Lawyer
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine personal injury attorney Michael Bowser has earned a reputation as a brilliant premises liability (slip & fall) trial lawyer. Premises liability law, often referred to as slip and fall, is an area of personal injury law designed to hold property owners responsible for injuries or accidents that occur on their property as a result of negligence or unsafe conditions.
Common Causes of Premises Liability / Slip and Fall Claims
In many cases, a person assumes the blame for an injury when he or she slips and falls. However, in some situations these types of accidents are the fault of the property owner. Some common causes of premises liability lawsuits include:
- Uneven or slippery flooring or obstructions in a pathway – Property owners are obligated to ensure a safe and clear walking surface. Common causes of premises liability slips and falls include wet floors and ice slicks.
- Dog attacks – Property owners are responsible to keep animals on their premises from harming visitors.
- Assault – If assault or battery could have been prevented by adequate security, a premises liability claim may arise.
- Drowning – Owners of pools must take protective measures to eliminate the risk of accidental drowning.
Contact a Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine Personal Injury Attorney for Slip and Fall Representation
Property owners are explicitly responsible for the safety of visitors to their property, whether this is a home, school, parking lot, store, or other facility. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Personal injury attorney Michael Bowser is well-known as a bold and successful trial lawyer, rarely settling out-of-court and never settling for less than the full compensation to which his client is entitled. Contact Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine personal injury attorney Michael Bowser for a free review of your slip & fall / premises liability claim.
Here are some case results from clients who we represented in their injury cases:
Slip and Fall On Construction Site $828,000.00
InjuryUnion painter falls on construction site when he steps on copper pipe left on floor and covered with sawdust. Torn meniscus of left knee and total tear of right knee MCL/ACL. Medical bills exceed $83,000. Lost wage claim includes total permanent disability from occupation as painter.
ChallengeInsurance company for general contractor responsible for job site safety denies liability, questions the plaintiff’s credibility and challenges the extent and nature of his injuries. Pre-trial offer of $300,000 reduced to $250,000 at trial. Plaintiff owes $220,000 to Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carrier.
ResultJury verdict following eight (8) day personal injury trial before the Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, MA. Verdict of $775,000. Pre-trial interest and comparative fault offset results in total judgment against responsible general contractor for $828,000.
Retail Store Injury $150,000.00
InjuryRuptured biceps tendon. Retail store drops 27′ T.V. on man at their courtesy counter.
ChallengeNo offer to settle. Store denies responsibility and blames customer for injuries.
ResultJury Verdict Hillsborough Superior Court, Nashua, NH. $150,000
Slip and Fall at New Jersey Hotel $80,000.00
InjuryOlder client suffers fractured hip requiring hospitalization and surgery after falling on wet carpeted incline outside New Jersey Hotel.
ChallengeInsurance carrier for hotel denies liability or existence of any dangerous defect in walkway surface despite unusual grade change that is covered in carpet and allowed to become slick in rain.
ResultCounsel retains safety expert to review photographs of scene and conduct scene analysis in New Jersey. Personal injury suit filed through local firm in New Jersey. Case settled week of trial. $80,000
Slip and Fall at Work $60,000.00
InjuryPremises Liability: 57 year old woman trips and falls over broken wooden landscape stake jutting onto sidewalk outside of her place of employment during cigarette break. Woman suffers fractured wrist requiring corrective surgery and extensive missed time from work.
ChallengeProperty owner denies liability for hazardous condition created by vandals who routinely broke landscape stakes that were placed by landscaping contractor. Defense also asserts that plaintiff was injured “in the course of her employment” and recovery is barred by the Worker’s Compensation Statute. Plaintiff’s counsel establishes through discovery that property owner was aware of vandals breaking stakes and leaving them in place on or near sidewalk surfaces and only took remedial corrective measures after the injury. Injury occurred while plaintiff was on break and not in the regular course of her employment at retail store.
ResultPremises liability suit settled prior to trial at mediation for $60,000.00
Fall From Horse in Massachusetts $60,000.00
InjuryKnee injury following fall from horse in Massachusetts. Client injured when horse she is riding losses footing on buried tree stump and falls on her.
ChallengeNegligence claim that property/horse owner liable for fall and injury as he buried stump while clearing land for development, allowed plaintiff to ride in the area and did not give warning about the buried stumps. Defense asserts immunity under “Equine” statute for sponsors of horse riding activity and claims plaintiff rode horse in restricted area without owner’s permission.
ResultSettled at mediation one week before trial. Middlesex Superior Court, Lowell, MA. $60,000
Slip and Fall on Icy Side Walk $50,000.00
InjuryClient injured in fall on icy patch on side walk outside bank suffering fractured coccyx and knee injury.
ChallengeInsurance company alleges icy patch was the result of natural accumulation of ice and snow and offers only nominal amount to settle personal injury claim.
ResultSuit filed. Discovery discloses that building maintenance worker aware that icy patch existed regularly due to run off of water from roof overhang but area was not salted on day of incident because of weekend staffing. Settled prior to trial. $50,000
BJs Slip and Fall Case $50,000.00
InjuryElderly client leaned on a display table at a major retail store, which rolled out from under him because wheels on display table were not locked. Client suffered hip fracture, enduring surgery and extensive treatments.
ChallengeRetail Store denied liability because display tables are not meant to be leaned on, therefore the table was not a dangerous or defective condition within the store.
ResultCase settled at mediation for $50,000.
Man Trapped In Sinkhole $40,000.00
InjuryLeg and back injury, emotional distress. Massachusetts man becomes trapped in sinkhole when brick walkway collapses beneath him.
ChallengeNo offer to settle. Property owner denies responsibility for failure to inspect and repair property.
ResultJury Verdict Lowell District Court, Lowell, MA. $40,000
Past successful case results are not a guarantee or promise of a similar result in your case. Each case is factually distinct with various applicable legal standards. Further, as a trial lawyer with the experience of hundreds of completed Jury and Bench DUI trials in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine Attorney Bowser understands the risks associated with the adversarial trial process. Any lawyer who claims never to lose cases doesn’t really try cases, especially difficult cases. Anonymous factual/legal summaries are authorized in advance by clients.