Trips to Boston for business or pleasure might be off the table for now due to the pandemic, but Boston will bounce back, and visitors will once again flock to Beantown. After all, you can’t beat all that Boston and the surrounding area have to offer for work and recreation.
However, when you are traveling again, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, and visiting parks, there is always a risk that some hazard will trip you up and put a sudden end to an otherwise enjoyable visit. Added to the problem of finding medical care in a strange city is the issue of taking legal action against the negligent property owner when you do not live nearby. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you can count on the premises liability team at Mahaney & Pappas to step in and take care of you.
Where Slip and Fall Accidents Happen to Visitors in Boston
When you are a visitor to a city, your safety is constantly at the mercy of property owners. You rely on owners, managers, and supervisors to keep public areas clear of potential hazards. As a tourist or businessperson, you might encounter slip and fall dangers in the following places:
- Hotel lobbies. These areas get a lot of foot traffic, and water and mud tracked in by guests could create slippery spots. Area rugs and floor mats that do not lay flat can easily trip people up. Lobbies must be monitored and maintained by custodial staff at all times.
- Restaurants. Spilled food and liquids, tight passageways, low lighting, and other hazards are not uncommon in a busy restaurant. When an unsuspecting patron falls, negligence on the part of the staff could be to blame.
- Zoos and aquariums. Franklin Park Zoo and the New England Aquarium are popular tourist destinations in Boston, but uneven pavement, puddles, loose stair rails, debris, and any number of other obstacles could trip up a visitor, causing a catastrophic fall.
- Museums. Large expanses of marble floors, darkened rooms, crowded passageways, and worn steps might await unsuspecting museum-goers if the spaces are not properly maintained.
- Historical sites. Whether indoors or out, historical sites must be up to modern-day safety codes to protect visitors. If you are touring the Old North Church or walking the entire Freedom Trail, you should be able to do so without risking life and limb.
If you are from out of town and you slip and fall in one of these locations, we recommend following a few simple steps to protect your right to file a claim for compensation.
Take These Steps After a Boston Slip and Fall
You might have to leave town soon after your slip and fall accident, but we highly recommend that you do the following before going home:
- Fill out an accident report. Before even leaving the scene of the fall, ask for an accident report form to fill out. Be sure to keep a copy—or take a picture of the form—for yourself.
- Go to a local hospital. Being seen by a local medical center will help you prove your claim later on. It provides local records and proves that you took the accident seriously by seeing a doctor right away.
- Talk to a local attorney. Personal injury laws vary from state to state, and attorneys can only practice in the state in which they are licensed, so it is essential that you communicate with a Massachusetts injury attorney who accepts slip and fall cases.
- Continue medical treatment at home. Once you are back home, it is important that you see your own doctor and continue recommended treatments. This is further proof that you are taking the injuries seriously.
We Are Your Go-to Local Attorneys
At Mahaney & Pappas, we fight as hard for out-of-town visitors as we do for locals. We are committed to holding property owners accountable when their negligence causes serious injuries. If you were hurt while visiting the Boston area, contact our Framingham office before you leave town. We will take it from there!