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Falls on Snow and Ice

A slip and fall on snow and ice can leave you or a loved one with severe and painful injuries. Massachusetts has recently made a key change in snow and ice law that makes it easier for plaintiffs to get compensation for these injuries. In July 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in our state, effectively eliminated the traditional distinction between “natural” and “unnatural” accumulations. Before this case, a Boston plaintiff had the burden of proving that the snow or ice on which he fell accumulated unnaturally, meaning that it was in some kind of abnormal or man-made state. Now, a defendant can be held liable even where the snow or ice was in its natural condition (meaning the way it fell or froze) if his conduct was unreasonable. This opinion created an easier way for plaintiffs to recover for severe injuries caused by someone’s negligence involving snow or ice in Boston.

In order to bring a case for injuries caused by snow or ice, a plaintiff must bring a claim of negligence. Negligence occurs when someone, in most cases a property owner or manager, breaches his or her duty of care to keep those on the property reasonably safe. Whether the snow or ice accumulated naturally or unnaturally, negligence is actionable when a person suffers injury as a result of the actions of the property owner or manager.

What to do if you have been injured:

If you have suffered from a slip and fall on snow and ice, seek medical attention first. Sometimes injuries that don’t seem serious right away can develop into a condition that is very painful and severe. Therefore, in cases of slip and falls on snow or ice, it is important to seek medical attention if you believe you might have been injured. Next speak with an experienced attorney. A lawyer will be able to tell you whether or not you might be entitled to compensation. A lawyer will also make sure that your accident is thoroughly investigated.

Call the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys of Altman & Altman LLP Today at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199

If you have any questions about falls on snow and ice or about premises liability in general, call Altman & Altman LLP. The experienced attorneys at Altman & Altman know every aspect of personal injury law. This is not surprising, since they have been practicing for more than four decades. At Altman & Altman, our premises liability attorneys are bright, energetic and creative. We pride ourselves on innovation and superior client service. Our clients appreciate our compassion and attentiveness, and we believe that that is a large part of our success in Boston.

Call the personal injury attorneys of Altman & Altman LLP at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 toll-free, or contact us online for a free consultation. We are available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to answer any questions that you might have for us.

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