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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Massachusetts premises liability law?

Massachusetts premises liability law is the body of Massachusetts law that determines the responsibility of a Massachusetts property owner for injuries suffered by others while on his or her property. Massachusetts premises liability law includes circumstances arising while a Massachusetts resident is in the home or on the property of another individual, and while an individual is at another's place of business.

What is the responsibility of the Massachusetts property owner with respect to their premises?

Massachusetts law mandates that the person, corporation or governmental entity that owns or controls a property has a duty to maintain the property in a safe condition for all those who enter the property, regardless of their status or reason for the visit. That Massachusetts person or Massachusetts entity also has an obligation to know about dangerous and potentially dangerous conditions on their Massachusetts property and to correct those conditions within a reasonable amount of time. The Massachusetts property owner further has the legal duty to warn visitors of known hazardous conditions that have yet to be remedied. Even if the Massachusetts property owner has delegated the maintenance of the property to another entity, for example, a Massachusetts landlord who hires a Massachusetts property management company to maintain rental apartment buildings, the owner still holds a responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is maintained in a safe condition.

How important is it to file a Massachusetts premises liability injury claim promptly?

In cases involving Massachusetts premises liability law, especially if there is a question of negligence, it is crucial to take action as soon as possible. Gathering the facts and evidence before the evidence has been lost or destroyed, as well as obtaining statements while witnesses' memories are fresh can be critical to the success of a Massachusetts premises liability personal injury case.

Additionally, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a deadline, called the statute of limitations, which regulates the time you have to file a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries and believes that a Massachusetts property owner's negligence was involved, you should not delay in contacting an expert Boston premises liability attorney. If the statute of limitations expires, you will lose your right to pursue a Massachusetts personal injury claim.

I was injured at a Massachusetts work site. Is my Massachusetts employer liable for my injuries?

Massachusetts employers are required by Massachusetts law to provide and maintain a safe working environment for all of their employees. Massachusetts and Federal workplace safety standards include the requirement that dangerous conditions be eliminated from the work site. If a Massachusetts contractor or a Massachusetts subcontractor at a job site creates conditions such as a hole left uncovered or inadequate fencing, and fails to remedy these conditions, and a Massachusetts worker is injured as a consequence, then the contractor or subcontractors may be responsible for those injuries.

If you or a loved one was injured at work you may wish to bring an injury claim against your Massachusetts employer. In this case, Massachusetts worker's compensation law typically applies rather Massachusetts premises liability law, and you will benefit from the expertise of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. Call our expert Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys today at 617-787-3700 or email us at

Can a Massachusetts hotel be held responsible if someone is the victim of a crime at or near the hotel?

A Massachusetts hotel usually can be held liable for crimes committed on or near the hotel if it should have anticipated the crime and could have prevented it, either by providing sufficient warnings or taking better security measures. In such situations, the Massachusetts hotel's general duty to warn guests about dangerous conditions may extend to a duty to warn about crime in or around the hotel. Furthermore, the Massachusetts hotel's actions, including a failure to install proper locks on windows and doors, provide adequate lighting in parking areas or take adequate measures to ensure that passkeys were not used by criminals, may make the hotel liable for all injuries, including Massachusetts wrongful death, sustained by the victim of the crime.

If you or someone you love was attacked and you believe the attack was in part due to negligent security you should call a highly skilled Boston, MA hotel negligent security attorney or Massachusetts hotel negligence wrongful death lawyer today at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. We are available by phone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, at 617-787-3700 or by email at to answer any questions you may have.

How do I know whether I have a Massachusetts premises liability claim that should be pursued?

The best way for you to evaluate a potential Massachusetts premises liability claim is to discuss the matter with a qualified Massachusetts premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. One of our expert Massachusetts personal injury lawyers or expert Massachusetts wrongful death lawyers will evaluate your case through an investigation of the facts surrounding the potential Massachusetts premises liability claim. We will then make an assessment of the extent of your injuries and damages resulting from the Massachusetts property owner’s negligence. Our Boston, MA premises liability law firm has handled numerous Massachusetts premises liability cases over many years and have the expertise to pursue such claims in an effective manner. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at We would be honored to meet with you to discuss the merits of your Massachusetts premises liability case. Your needs are our top priority!
If You Have Been Injured On Someone Else’s Property, Call the Boston, MA Premises Liability Lawyer Experts at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or Email Our Massachusetts Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Specialists at for a Free and Confidential Consultation.