Customer Struck by Fallen Trellis at Pittsfield, MA Supermarket

A customer was injured this morning when a wooden trellis that had been hanging from a supermarket ceiling fell and struck him.

According to the Associated Press and authorities at the scene of the accident, the man was checking out at a Pittsfield Price Chopper, when the 50-pound decoration unlatched and plummeted towards him. A spokesperson for the supermarket chain said that an electrician had been working on a lift near the trellis and had accidently caused the securement cable on the ceiling to snap. Several other decorative trellises were removed as a precaution. Luckily the customer suffered only minor injuries, but was transported to an area hospital as a precautionary measure.

In the state of Massachusetts, all property and business owners are legally responsible for ensuring that their properties are well-maintained, secured and safe from potential hazards that may cause injury or harm to residents, patrons or guests. Massachusetts premises liability law holds all property owners accountable should someone be hurt on their property as the result of negligence or an unsafe condition that the property owner knew or should have known about.

Some of the most common types of premises liability cases include injuries sustained from slip and fall accidents, damaged walkways/stairwells (which can cause trip and fall accidents), falling merchandise (as was the case in the situation above), inadequate lighting or inadequate security.

At the law offices of Altman & Altman, LLP, our team of dedicated attorneys has more than 50 years of experience handling all types of premises liability and personal injury cases, and has successfully recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.

When a person is injured through no fault of his/her own, he or she may question what the next step towards recourse is. Victims may immediately wonder: Who is responsible for paying my medical bills? What if I can’t return to work or how will I be compensated for missed time? Who pays for after-care and physical therapy? Will I be compensated for pain and suffering?

The seasoned Massachusetts Premises Liability Attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP can help answer those questions and assist clients in their recovery, both financially and medically. With five decades of experience, we have the resources to connect clients with some of the best medical professionals in the commonwealth and we are dedicated in helping you get the compensation that our clients deserve.

If you or a loved one was injured due to unsafe premises, call our office today to schedule a case evaluation with one of our legal team members. All initial consultations are completely free and confidential and our attorneys are available around the clock to assist you with any questions you may have about your case.


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