In the Northeast, inclement weather poses an important challenge that property owners must deal with for several months of the year. Boston’s narrow streets and sidewalks can be particularly treacherous. Snow and ice, if not properly treated, can cause serious slip and fall injuries such as head and brain trauma, broken bones, and permanent back injuries.
Prior to 2010, it was difficult to hold property owners liable for injuries caused by negligence in removing snow and ice. Property owners could be held liable only for “unnatural” accumulations of snow or ice, for example, piles of shoveled snow, snow changed by the tramping of feet, or an ice patch that was caused by the redirection of water by a gutter.
In 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court abolished the so-called “Massachusetts rule,” a rule which had been rejected repeatedly by other states, and it adopted a simple negligence standard. Property owners must now use reasonable care in the removal of snow and ice from their property.
If you’re involved in an accident caused by snow and ice, contact Sheff & Cook right away. Our personal injury lawyers in Boston, MA, have decades of experience helping individuals recover the compensation they deserve following a snow or ice accident. We want to ensure your legal rights are protected after a serious injury, whether it’s considered a slip and fall accident, motor vehicle accident, or premises liability case.