Snow and Ice Injuries in Massachusetts
It’s no secret that the winters in Massachusetts can be harsh. Our state is susceptible to sub-zero temperatures, not to mention serious winter storms that heap snow across its cities. And when temperatures rise and fall and snow melts and re-freezes, hazardous walking conditions are a reality. This means property owners must take reasonable action to prevent slip and fall accidents.
When property owners don’t make efforts to remove snow and ice or minimize slippery surfaces, people get hurt. If you’ve become a victim of a fall-down accident on snow and ice, you may have rights to financial compensation which can be pursued by filing a Massachusetts premises liability case. Slip and fall attorney Peter Ventura, based in Worcester, can discuss the merits of your case and your legal rights in a free consultation.
We Understand the Consequences of Falls on Snow and Ice
Attorney Peter Ventura has dealt with Massachusetts premises liability cases like yours before, and he knows that while your fall only took a second to occur, its impact can be long lasting. Victims often are faced with orthopedic surgery and months, if not years, of pain.
All too often, injuries include:
- Broken bones such as fractures to the ankle, leg or pelvis;
- Traumatic brain injuries; and
- Spinal cord injuries or disc injuries
- Injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments
What is perhaps most frustrating for our clients is to know that their accidents could have been prevented. Maybe the property owner or manager didn’t remove the snow and ice from a sidewalk or parking lot at all; or, perhaps, they did a poor job of clearing the area. In other cases, snow and ice may have been left on the ground for an inordinate amount of time, or salts and other de-icing chemicals were not applied. We’ll talk about the circumstances that led to your fall to see if the property owner’s negligence may have been a factor upon which Attorney Ventura can file a legal claim for you.
We Help Victims Navigate the Murky Areas of Premises Liability Cases
Slip and fall cases involving snow and ice can be confusing since statutes, regulations, and judicial opinions regarding snow accumulation and cleanup often do not provide black and white answers. In general, property owners are required to use reasonable care and effort under the circumstances to minimize the risk of injury to others from falls. Issues, however, persist for such questions as: just what is a reasonable amount of time to clear the snow to prevent injuries? Does it have to be cleared within an hour, two hours or a day?
The last thing you need to do after a serious slip and fall injury is try to wade through tricky matters of premises liability law. Attorney Peter Ventura’s specialty is complex and challenging cases often involving difficult liability circumstances. Attorney Ventura will explore all of the unique aspects of your case to see whether a legal claim can be made so you can focus on recovery.
Injured in a Slip and Fall? Worcester Attorney Peter Ventura is Here to Help
Peter Ventura, a slip and fall attorney in Worcester, focuses only on personal injury claims and will answer your questions about Massachusetts premises liability cases dealing with snow and ice. For 25 years, this former Worcester County assistant district attorney has represented personal injury victims. When you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury in Massachusetts, contact us for a free consultation.