Parking Lot Injuries
Parking lots may be owned or controlled by businesses or by government entities. Whoever owns or is in control of a parking lot becomes responsible for that lot and for making sure that it is safe and maintained properly. If the person or entity who owns or controls the parking lot fails to design or maintain the parking lot in a reasonably safe way, then the owner/occupier can become liable for any injuries that occur as a result of negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered parking lot injuries, it is very important to understand your legal rights and to learn what you must do to enforce those rights and get the compensation you are allowed under Massachusetts law. An experienced Massachusetts premises liability lawyer can help you with your parking lot injury case and the Boston personal injury attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers have more than 19 years experience representing injured victims throughout the state of Boston. Contact us today at (617) 777-7777 or using our online form to learn more about how we can put our legal experience to work for you after your parking lot injury.Massachusetts Laws on Parking Lot Injuries
Parking lot injuries can occur for a number of reasons including:
- Negligent maintenance of the parking lot or parking ramp.
- Negligent maintenance of sidewalks and stairwells leading to the parking lot or ramp.
- Improper markings or traffic signals on the parking lot.
- Poor parking lot design leading to blind spots.
- Poorly thought out or poorly designed traffic flow patterns.
- Improper lighting.
- Inefficient security.
- Ineffective snow and ice removal.
Parking lot owners or operators have a duty to ensure that they do everything possible to minimize or eliminate these dangers. This means that if a parking lot doesn't have sufficient security and you are attacked in the lot, the lot owner or occupier may be held responsible. Likewise, if an accident results from poorly thought out traffic flow patterns, improper parking lot markings, negligent maintenance or other lapses on the part of the parking lot owner or operator, the owner/operator can be held responsible. This may be true even in certain situations when the parking lot is maintained by a government entity, although limited governmental immunity makes these cases much more complex.
If you wish to obtain compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages that arise from a parking lot injury, you will first need to show that the parking lot owner owed you a duty of care. You will then need to show that the duty was breached as a result of the parking lot owner's failure to secure or maintain the lot. Finally, you'll need to show that the negligence or lapse on the part of the parking lot owner/operator was a direct cause of some injury or harm that you suffered. An experienced Boston personal injury lawyer can help you to gather all of this necessary evidence so you can make a successful claim.