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November 2015 Archives

Icy sidewalks can prove to be dangerous in the winter

Premises liability can be a tricky subject matter, but the basic concept is that property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors. With the weather beginning to cool off and wintry weather conditions on their way here in Rhode Island, icy sidewalks and pathways should be properly maintained by property owners. If they are not, it could lead to tenant injuries, for which the property owners may be held liable.

Traveling by car this Thanksgiving? You're going to have some company on the road

Later this week, people throughout Rhode Island and the Northeastern United States will set out by car, train and airplane to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. While Thanksgiving is always a busy travel time, this year the American Automobile Association estimates that area roads and highways will be even more congested as this year's lower gas prices will likely encourage even more people to travel via motor vehicle.

Can you sue for injuries suffered in a slip or trip -and-fall accident?

Imagine that you're out and about doing some holiday shopping when you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk outside of a store or trip and fall on some boxes that were left, by an employee who was stocking the shelves, unattended in a store's aisle. These types of scenarios are all too common and the resulting injuries suffered in trip or slip-and-fall accidents are frequently painful, costly and debilitating.

When should you contact a personal injury attorney?

Warning: do not take on an insurance company alone. Our last post shared the cautionary tale of relying on legal information from the Internet instead of advice given directly by a personal injury attorney. You may know it is best to consult with an attorney, but when should you give someone a call?

There is no substitute for the sound legal advice of a lawyer

Much like in other states across the nation, Rhode Island has laws in place that allow people who have been injured in an accident to collect compensation from the negligent party. Called tort laws, these statutes apply after many types of accidents, including motor vehicle crashes, medical mistakes, wrongful death and injuries suffered on someone else's property.

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