Articles Posted in Slip and Fall

cafeRestaurants are often busy places with employees rushing to make sure customers are seated and their orders are promptly arriving at their tables. This can also make restaurants dangerous places if slip and fall hazards are not addressed. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts slip and fall attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve after such an accident.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were more than 50,000 reported injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. Many of these incidents involved slip and fall accidents. Between slippery floors due to spilled drinks or a fresh mop job, tight spaces, and heavy crowds, restaurants can put customers and employees at risk. In addition to slipping hazards, tripping hazards such as loose floorboards or exposed wiring can also lead to serious falls. BLS data reveal that there were almost 15,000 reported nonfatal slip, trip, and fall injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. These falls caused varying injuries, with a median of six days away from work.

Property owners, including owners of retail establishments, have an obligation to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition in order not to cause injuries to those who enter the land. In Massachusetts, this obligation extends to all lawful entrants. When it comes to restaurants, part of a property owner’s responsibility is making sure that the space is clear of any debris or conditions that could result in an accident that causes injuries. Of course, sometimes hazards may arise. For example, a customer may spill a drink. In such a situation, a wet floor sign should immediately be placed in the area to warn guests of the danger, and the spill should be cleaned up as quickly as possible. If for some reason a hazard cannot be immediately addressed, the area should be closed off, or the warning sign should remain there until the hazard is remedied.

slip hazardSlip and fall accidents can lead to devastating injuries. In an instant, you can injure your head or break a bone. If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts slip and fall attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, we deal with these types of personal injury cases all the time and can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation for your harm.

Just as it sounds, a slip and fall accident occurs when a person is injured because a walking surface contains a dangerous condition (like ice) that causes a person to slip, trip, or fall. These falls can be caused by slick surfaces caused by water, grease, ice, or food on a walking surface. In addition, these falls can be results of poorly maintained walking surfaces, including uneven pavement, broken floorboards, and poorly lit areas. In Massachusetts, the harsh winters pose a particular hazard due to snow, ice, and rain that can make sidewalks and walkways very slippery.

Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When property owners fail to do this, they can be held liable through a premises liability claim. Premises liability law governs when a property owner can be held responsible for an accident caused by a dangerous condition on the property. The specific duty owed to a visitor depends on the visitor’s status on the land. Under Massachusetts law, landowner-visitor relationships fall into one of three categories:  1) invitees, 2) licensees, or 3) trespassers. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care, followed by licensees, and, finally, trespassers are owed the lowest duty of care. We can examine your slip and fall case to determine your rights.