Slip and Fall Accidents

“Rhode Island and Massachussetts law imposes legal obligations on land owners and businesses concerning maintenance and repairs. Our experience is that many times these obligations are ignored…we have extensive experience in documenting and proving this negligence.”
Peter M. Iascone Attorney at Law

The term “slip and fall” describes the type of injury that occurs on someone else’s property, usually as a result of a defective surface, a slippery substance, or other dangerous conditions. Slip and fall legal practice deals with the concept of premises liability. An owner of property (“premises”) owes a duty to his guests (“invitees”) to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition and to correct dangerous conditions.

Injuries commonly occur at parking lots, restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping malls. Inside a building, dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow or poorly maintained stairs, or a wet floor can cause victims to slip, fall, and become seriously injured. Outside of a building, victims may slip, trip, and fall because of a hazard such as a pothole. The fact that you become injured from a slip, trip, or fall does not necessarily mean that someone else is legally responsible for your injury. The owner or operator of a business has a legal duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, or at least warn the public of a dangerous condition that they caused, were aware of, or should have been aware of. If these tests are not met, and you injure yourself on their property as a result of their failure to meet these conditions, you may have a valid claim against the business owner or operator. Premises liability claims encompass a variety of injuries including but not limited to:

  • Injuries on snow and ice
  • Injuries sustained in houses
  • Injuries sustained in parking lots
  • Injuries sustained in stores
  • Injuries sustained in building corridors
  • Injuries sustained outside on private or public land
  • Injuries sustained during recreational activities
  • Injuries sustained in swimming pools
  • Injuries sustained at resorts
  • Injuries sustained in elevators

Premises liability lawsuits

While the most common premises liability case is a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident, these injuries are by no means the only kind of premises negligence case that our firm handles. Premises liability lawsuits may also stem from any kind of unsafe or dangerous conditions on the premises, or defect in the construction of, or inadequate maintenance of the premises where an injury or accident occurs.


If you have questions or concerns about a premises liability claim, please contact us today

We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee or cost unless we successfully resolve your case. For immediate assistance on your slip and fall case, call us toll-free at 1-855-PeteLaw.


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Peter M. Iascone

Attorney & Founder

Attorney Iascone has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University majoring in Accounting. He graduated in 1984 from the New England School of Law with a Jurist Doctorate degree and has successfully represented the injured ever since.

Attorney Iascone is an experienced trial attorney focusing on personal injury. He is on the Board of Directors of the RI Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

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