Premises Liability in Winter Months

As winter quickly approaches the Northeast and temperatures drop, it is important to take a few minutes and consider whether your property is safe for passersby. Some of the most common personal injury cases result from slip and fall accidents on snow or ice. If a property owner fails to maintain a safe property, a pedestrian or visitor to that property may fall and get injured. After a winter weather event such as an ice or snowstorm, property owners must be sure to keep their property clear of any hazards. There are rules in each town that state how long a property owner has to remove snow or ice after a storm ends. For example, in our Firm’s town of Somerville, snow or ice must be removed from all walking surfaces within 12 daylight hours after a storm. If you fail to make sure your property is safe after a winter weather event, you risk someone else becoming injured on your property. That person would then have the right to bring a lawsuit in an effort to recover damages.

Similarly, if you suffer an injury as a result of another person’s failure to maintain their property after a winter storm, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the property owner. If you do suffer such an injury, you should find out who owns the property and collect insurance information from them. Try also to take pictures to document the condition of the property at the time of your accident, including ice and/or snow remaining in pedestrian areas. Make sure you have the contact information for any witnesses to the property condition or your accident.  If you were injured on property owned by a municipality or the State, there is significantly more urgency because you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days to inform the municipality that you were injured and intend to bring a lawsuit, or risk losing your right to file suit. Do not wait to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance after being involved in an accident on another person’s property.

If you require experienced legal representation for a matter of Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Insurance, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, or Legal Malpractice, Siragusa Law Firm is here to help. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your case.