Who Can You Sue When You Slip And Fall On Snow or Ice?
Boston is facing it’s first winter storm of the season. Substantial snow is expected to fall which will create dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike. That will inevitably result in people experiencing personal injuries from car accidents as well as from slip & fall accidents. When these accidents occur, the injury victim frequently wants to know who can be sued when you slip and fall on snow and ice?
Massachusetts law previously prevented many snow and ice victims from filing claims because an “unnatural accumulation” of snow or ice had to be shown before liability would attach to the property owner. That was very hard to do, which denied slip and fall injury victims access to courts. Now, Massachusetts law has changed so that the injury victim only needs to show that the property owner failed to reasonably clear the snow and ice that led to the injury. This was a watershed moment which was much needed.
With this new legal landscape, the parties that can be sued depends on the circumstances of the case. For example, if you are a tenant and you slip and fall on a walkway or on steps located on the rental propery, your landlord can be sued, as well as any third-party individuals or companies (snow plowers) that the landlord paid to handle snow and ice removal.
Similarly, if you slip and fall on snow or ice in a parking lot, the propery owner can be sued, any commercial tenants, as well as snow removal companies assigned to remove snow and ice from the property.
Some of the injuries that can result from these accidents are soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains), knee injuries, wrist injuries, ankle and foot injuries, and sometimes even catastrophic injuries.
Slip And Fall Accident Lawyers In Boston
If you had a slip and fall on snow, ice, or some other substance and sustained personal injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Earley Law Group Injury Lawyers today for immediate legal help. We stand ready to help you with your slip and fall accident claim in Massachusetts.