Restaurants, bars and shops have an obligation and legal duty to their customers to keep a reasonably safe and secure environment. While a typical trip or fall may not be overly harmful, some slip and fall injury events can be serious, or even fatal. Slip and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making them second only to motor vehicle deaths as a cause of accidental deaths in the state. When a business fails to behave appropriately, its negligence can result in serious injuries, injuries for which they can be held legally and financially accountable by an expert Boston slip and fall lawyer.
A local Massachusetts restaurant recently faced this type of liability after a delivery driver fell down a flight of stairs while on their property. The delivery man was moving a shipment and was using a hand truck to bring goods down into the restaurant’s basement. The delivery man then fell down the stairs, causing severe and extensive injuries that reportedly left him with permanent discomfort and limited mobility. The delivery man’s attorneys, Patrick Jones and Ralph Liguori, argued that the restaurant’s stairs and stairwell were in an unsafe condition which resulted in his injuries. The restaurant ultimately agreed to pay the delivery man $1.2 million in personal injury damages for his pain and suffering and medical expenses.
If you or a loved one have slipped and fallen on another’s property due to their negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from those who are responsible.