Anyone who owns a property and invites people onto that property has a duty to their guests to make sure the property is safe. This applies to store owners and owners of commercial establishments who have the highest duty and who must inspect for dangers and either correct the dangers or warn visitors about them.
This also applies to owners of private properties who invite friends over, although these property owners need only to correct or warn of obvious or known dangers and aren't expected to inspect their property. When a property owner fails in his obligation to ensure a safe premises, the owner can become liable for any injuries that result from this negligent breach of duty.
There are many different dangers that property owners may be obligated to correct. One possible example is poor lighting. When poor lighting leads to an injury or accident, the property owner may be subject to a personal injury claim and required to pay medical bills and lost wages as well as damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses arising as a direct result of the injury caused by poor lighting.
These damages can sometimes amount to a significant sum of money, so if you have been the victim of an accident or injury due to poor lighting, you should contact an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to better understand your legal rights and to get help making a personal injury claim. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC have handled many claims for poor lighting. Contact us today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form to learn how we can help you.Massachusetts Premises Liability Laws and Poor Lighting
Poor lighting can be the cause of many different types of injuries that occur on property. For instance:
- Poor lighting can result in a slip, trip or fall.
- Poor lighting can result in a tumble down the stairs.
- Poor lighting can result in you bumping into something.
- Poor lighting in a parking lot can result in traffic accidents.
- Poor lighting in a building, stairwell or parking lot can create an attractive environment for criminals and can increase the chances of crimes occurring.
In these or other situations where poor lighting created or contributed to a hazard, the property owner who failed to ensure adequate light may become responsible for injuries that resulted. In order to hold the property owner or occupier responsible, however, the burden will be on the injured victim who is making the claim to prove that the poor lighting was the direct cause of the accident or injury that occurred. This means that you should seek assistance from a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer in gathering evidence including maintenance record, photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony.
To learn more about how a Boston premises liability lawyer can help you after an accident caused by poor lighting, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form. Remember your consultation is always free and we are here to put our legal skills to work for you.