For those of us who live in New England, we understand that the cold winter weather brings the danger of personal injury from slipping on ice or snow. Even if we are taking precautions, such as wearing proper shoes, slips and falls can still occur and may lead to significant injury. If you or someone you know is injured from slipping on snow or ice, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Liability for Snow and Ice Accidents
In 2010, Massachusetts changed the laws to increase the responsibility of property owners when it comes to winter conditions. Since then, property owners have been required to use sensible care to prevent dangerous snow and ice conditions on walkways on their property. This includes natural snow accumulation (light or heavy), as well as snow buildup on the property from the town plows.
What to Do If You Are Injured
If you slip and fall on snow or ice, your first priority should be your well being. Be sure to seek immediate medical treatment. Keep in mind that some injuries may be more serious than they initially appear. Secondly, you should take a picture of the location in which you fell. If you are severely injured and/or are unable to do so, ask a friend or family member to take one for you. Lastly, contact a personal injury attorney for a consultation.
Choosing a Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
Due to health care expenses and loss of wages, personal injuries from snow or ice accidents in Massachusetts can be expensive. John Tramontozzi, an experienced personal injury attorney, understands state laws and local town ordinances that apply. He can provide you with the proper advice and guidance on how to best proceed given your circumstances.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a snow and/or ice accident, contact John Tramontozzi for a free consultation on your MA personal injury case.