Toxic and chemical exposure cases, also known as "toxic torts" are claims of personal injury which result from exposure to chemicals, asbestos, silica and other irritants or toxins. In pursuing toxic tort claims in Massachusetts, great care must be given to liability assessment. Under Massachusetts and federal law, toxic and chemical exposure cases almost always require the retention of expert medical and toxicology witnesses. In addition, in handling toxic tort claims, our attorneys coordinate third party exposure claims with the injured person's workers' compensation benefits, when applicable. Our attorneys prepare these cases for settlement, mediation and, when required, for trial.
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You may be able to make a claim if you can show that you sustained injury as a result of a dangerous condition and grocery store personnel knew, or should have known, about the danger. People have received compensation for harm suffered as a result of slipping on produce or spilled product, as well as dangerous parking lot conditions. Again, a crucial element of any slip, trip and fall claim is proof that store personnel were aware of a dangerous condition, or reasonably should have known about it and failed to take reasonable action to assure safety.
You may be able to make a claim if you can show that you sustained injury as a result of a dangerous condition and the apartment owner or manager knew, or should have known, about the danger. People have received compensation for harm suffered as a result of rickety stairs, missing handrails, tattered carpeting and icy steps when landlords have known about a danger and failed to eliminate unsafe conditions.
Certain personal injury claims involving slip, trip and fall incidents require notice to the property owner. Two important examples are 1.) incidents involving ice or snow and 2.) incidents in which the property owner, (or agency charged with maintenance), is a town, city, state or the federal government. The deadline for giving notice may be very short, as few as 30 days. If you are involved in a slip, trip and fall, you should consult a lawyer immediately.