Posts tagged with "property owner"

Why so many smoke detectors fail

We’ve come to learn that the smoke detector manufacturers continue to sell ionization smoke detectors. People are simply unaware of the difference, and the fact that if they rely on ionization they may be left with too little time to escape a fire in certain circumstances.

The two types are based upon the technology that operates the alarm mechanism. One is ionization, the other is photoelectric. In a smoldering fire situation where people may be asleep and unaware of the fact that the smoke is building up, a photoelectric will give you approximately, on average, 30 to 33 minutes earlier alarm sounding than an ionization.

The difference between the cost of a photoelectric and an ionization ranges from $2 to $4 per unit.

It’s amazing that that small cost can ensure the safety of your family in a situation where they need an early warning from a smoldering fire that they’re unaware of simply because they are asleep.

We have gathered a team electrical engineers, toxicologists, and experts in the technology of activating smoke alarms so that we’re prepared to handle these types of cases. You can reach us at 1 (888) 330-6657 and we’ll let you know what your options are.

We are not scared to take on difficult premises liability cases

Many people do not fully grasp the reach and scope of premises liability lawsuits. We all understand that if you are injured at another person’s house, they can be held liable for your injuries, but did you know that the same can be said for almost any property? Anything from amusement parks to public pools to retail stores can be liable for injuries that you sustain on the property as long as negligence on the part of the property owner contributed to the injury.

Of course this leaves the significant problem of proving the owner’s role in the circumstances of your injury. You cannot simply suffer an injury on someone else’s property and make them pay for it. It is your responsibility as the victim to prove that there was a clear and present danger on the property that the owner could reasonably have been expected to know about. You must also prove that the owner did not make an effort to fix the problem or warn others about the danger.

For many accidents, providing this proof can be difficult. Accidents happen very quickly, and most victims are understandably concerned about their well-being, which hampers their ability to focus on environmental factors that could have contributed to the accident. But we have experience handling premises liability cases in Massachusetts.

We understand how difficult it can be to recall all the factors of an accident, and how hard it can be to prove that the negligence of the owner contributed to your injury. Our premises liability webpage will give you more information about our history, including how we can take on your case even if you were denied by other firms. We pride ourselves on tackling difficult cases and using creative methods to prove the circumstances of an accident well after the accident occurred.

Store’s dangerous property conditions injure 10-year-old boy

Anyone with children will tell you that watching a son or daughter suffer is one of the most gut-wrenching traumas a parent can go through. Not only is the sight of your injured child horrifying, you feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness. You’d do anything to make it better, but sometimes you can’t. These tragedies are even more heartbreaking when they’re preventable.

We expect a reasonable amount of safety provided by property owners, but what happens when that responsibility is neglected? When safety precautions are ignored and people are hurt because of it, we have premises liability lawsuits. These allow anyone injured on someone else’s property to seek compensation for injuries incurred there.

One Illinois boy had to have 18 stitches after an awning at a hobby store broke and fell on him. His father was sitting in a car in the parking lot when he saw the awning fall. He rushed to his little boy and, flinging the awning to the side, saw that his son had a 3-1/2-inch cut on his head.

After the fact, the store owner admitted that the awning was old and said mall employees were making sure they were secure. This may prevent future accidents, but it should have been done before someone got hurt.

If the family decides to sue, many might say it’s frivolous. But do you have an expectation of safety when you visit a store? Should you pay medical bills for damage inflicted by someone else’s negligence?

A Massachusetts attorney could look at several factors to determine liability. Was the awning the property of the store owner or the mall? Did anyone know that the awnings were dilapidated and posed a risk? If so, who failed to do anything about it?

If you’ve been injured thanks to the negligence of a store or mall, you do have rights. An attorney in Massachusetts can explain them to you and help you decide the best course of action.

Source: nydailynews.com, “SEE IT: Awning falls on boy outside hobby store in suburban Chicago,” Joel Landau, May 26, 2014

Woman sues fast-food chain after slip-and-fall accident

People want to have a good time when they go out to eat. Sometimes they do have a good time and enjoy a meal they didn’t have to prepare, but on rare occasions, their enjoyment is ruined when they slip and fall on a wet floor and become injured. This recently happened to a woman now suing Chick-Fil-A. Her lawsuit came after she slipped in a puddle and fell on one of their restroom floors and became injured.

The woman is accusing the fast-food chain of negligence by failing to clean its floors and warn customers of the hazard. In her lawsuit, she is also citing premises liability. She is alleging the slip-and-fall accident happened due to incompetent employees who the fast food chain failed to train and supervise. This incident is a good example of how negligent property owners may endanger their customers if they fail to maintain their premises.

Although this accident occurred in Texas, it can easily occur in Boston or other areas of Massachusetts, as well. These slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries that may result in expensive medical bills that you cannot afford to pay. Even if the injuries do not appear severe at the time of the accident, you should still seek medical attention, as those injuries may become more severe with time. You may be forced to cope with unwanted pain and suffering long after the initial accident.

The woman’s lawsuit against the fast-food chain is a good example of what you should do in the event that you become injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Seeking compensation for damages is an important step to take if you are the victim of an accident that happened on the premises of a business. Filing a lawsuit may also help the company become more aware of how to prevent another accident from occurring and potentially injuring another customer.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Chick-Fil-A sued after woman falls,” Whitney Brakken, Jan. 22, 2014