Injured in Someone’s Home
Being injured in someone else’s home can be a very frustrating and upsetting experience. Many people automatically assume that an injury that they sustain on another person’s property is the responsibility of the property owner. In Massachusetts, it is the responsibility of the home or property owner to pay the medical bills or other compensation of someone who is injured on their property if they were negligent. Thus, it must be proven that the property owner is directly responsible for the injury, by their negligence; that is, their failure to take proper care of their home causing injury to another.
Is the Home Owner Responsible?
The best way to determine whether or not your accident was the legal fault of the home or property owner of the property where your accident occurred is through legal analysis. If you have been injured in another person’s home, you will need to contact an experienced premise liability lawyer, who can help you to determine fault. The word “premise” actually refers to the land or fixed structure of the property owner…so the accident or injury does not necessarily have to take place inside the home. You could suffer a slip and fall accident coming up their steps onto a porch or deck because of broken hand rails. Or you could be injured falling down stairs in their home because of a torn carpet or rug. If the owner of the home can be proven negligent for not fixing the hand rails or carpet, then a premise liability attorney can help you to receive compensation for your medical bills and time loss from work, pain and suffering.
What Information Will My Attorney Need?
The more information that the attorney has about the cause of the injury, the greater the chance of winning the case or receiving a premise liability settlement. When meeting the attorneys at Burns & Jain, bring as much of the following information as possible.
- The date and time that the injury occurred and detailed notes about the injury.
- Personal information from all witnesses and parties involved.
- As much information as possible about the property owner.
- Any letter, emails, or messages that you have sent about the injury, as well as any that you have received.
- Hospital and/or doctor’s records of treatment received for the injury as well as the names of any doctors involved in the treatment.
- Your work history before and after the injury.
- Any photos which may have been taken at the scene of the injury.
Because of the fact that there are time limits on when you can file a lawsuit, it is imperative that you contact a premise liability attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Neil Burns& Roshan Jain will help you to determine whether or not you should file a premise liability lawsuit.