While it may not be something that you actively think about, the average person uses at least one parking lot a day. From the office parking lot to the grocery store lot, to the school parking lot for pick-ups to a quick stop at the post office on the way home and more, the parking lot is the entry point for most activities. And while you may have an expectation — however unconscious it is — that a parking lot will be safe for use, parking lots are a common site of slip and fall accidents in Massachusetts. If you’ve been in a parking lot slip and fall accident, you may have a cause of action. Call our Massachusetts slip and fall lawyers today to learn more.
Common Causes of Parking Lot Slip and Falls
If you have been in a parking lot slip and fall accident, identifying the cause of your fall is important for determining liability. Some of the common causes of parking lot slip and falls include:
- Unremoved snow;
- Ice accumulations;
- Slippery surfaces;
- Improper lighting;
- Improperly marked speed bumps or other hazards; and
- Depressions in walking surfaces/potholes.
Who’s Liable for a Parking Lot Slip and Fall?
When you hire the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law to represent you in your slip and fall case, our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the precise cause of your slip and fall and who should be held liable.
In most cases, the property owner responsible for maintaining the parking lot may be held liable for damages. Property owners owe a duty to those who enter their properties to maintain properties in a safe condition. You may be able to hold the property owner liable for the extent of your economic and noneconomic damages if you can prove that:
- A hazardous condition existed on the property (i.e. unremoved snow and ice, a lack of adequate lighting, etc.);
- The hazardous condition was the proximate cause of your injuries;
- The property owner knew or should have known of the hazardous condition; and
- The property owner failed to remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time.
If you can prove the above elements, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, any lost wages you’ve suffered as a result of your accident and injuries, and the value of your pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Our Parking Lot Slip and Fall Attorneys Can Help
Being involved in a parking lot slip and fall accident is the last thing that you’re expecting when you’re heading into work or running an errand. If the slip and fall accident occurred because the owner of the parking lot breached the duty of care owed to you, you can file a claim for damages. At the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander our personal injury practice is here to help. Call us directly for a free consultation and an overview of your options. You can reach us online or at (781) 289-4235.