Most people have had some experience in their life where poor lighting caused them to lose their balance or fall. Whether its walking through the house late at night or walking across a parking lot in the evening, a lack of proper lighting can lead to serious and painful injuries for the victim. In some situations, the person or company responsible for maintaining the property where your accident took place may be liable to you for your damages. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. have over 25 years of experience assisting individuals throughout Massachusetts with evaluating their potential claims from common premises liability injuries, such as poor lighting. While you focus on healing and recovering from your injuries, a Massachusetts premises liability lawyer at our firm can ensure that your rights are being asserted to the fullest extent.Poor Lighting Accidents in Massachusetts
There are a wide variety of ways that a poor lighting accident can take place. In general, if a property owner fails to keep his or her property lit in an adequate manner and you are injured as a result, you may have a claim for compensation. There are a wide variety of injuries that can happen as the result of a poor lighting accident. This includes broken bones, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, serious back injuries and ruptured disks, ligament damage, and even death. Even if an injury is minor, it can still require extensive medical treatment. This can lead to a mountain of expenses in a very short period of time.
A few examples of inadequate lighting situations that can cause injury accidents include staircases and stairwells without sufficient lighting. This can make it difficult or even impossible for guests to judge the height and depth of each stair. Inadequately lit parking lots also present the danger of criminal attacks. It can be dangerous enough to be in a parking lot late at night but without proper lighting it makes it easier for someone to take advantage of your situation and attack you. Inadequately lit pool areas can also create hazards at night because the lack of lighting makes it harder to notice wet areas while inadequately lit walkways can lead to trip and fall or slip and fall accidents.Seek the Compensation that you Deserve for your Injuries
Property owners have a duty under Massachusetts law to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for guests. The level of care that a property owner owes to a guest depends on his or her reason for visiting the property. Guests invited for business reasons such as guests at a supermarket are owed the highest duty of care. Property owners must fix or warn against dangerous conditions while conducting routine inspections to look for any new dangers. Social guests are owed a slightly lowered duty of care. Property owners are required to fix or warn against any known dangerous conditions.
In addition to proving that the property owner did not exercise appropriate care in failing to provide lighting, you must also prove that your injuries happened as a direct and foreseeable result of this failure. It is not enough to simply prove that the property owner did not maintain his or her property in a reasonably safe condition. This is called causation. In a claim where the plaintiff alleges that poor lighting led to a criminal attack, for example, the plaintiff must show that the attack would not have happened but for the lack of proper lighting.
Finally, the plaintiff will be required to provide evidence supporting the amount of damages that he or she has incurred as a result of the accident. This often includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and more.Speak with a Diligent Attorney in Massachusetts
If you were injured as the result of poor lighting, you may have a claim for compensation. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call our office at 1.800.262.9200 or fill out the online contact form.