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Do snow or ice affect liability after a slip-and-fall accident?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere, but they are much more likely to occur when snow, ice or rain are present. Even when a certain piece of property is properly maintained, an icy sidewalk or slippery area in Randolph can easily lead to a serious injury.

It is not always simple to determine who is at fault for these accidents, which makes it more difficult for a victim who suffers injuries to seek compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. If you suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, it is important to gather as much information as you can about the scene of the accident and the circumstances that led to your injury.

Snow, ice and owner liability

The law often gives property owners some flexibility when it comes to inclement weather. Typically, an owner is not required to clear away snow or ice that builds up in some area of their property.

However, if some aspect of the property causes an "unnatural" snow or ice build-up that leads to an injury, then the owner may hold liability for the injury. This is not always easy to define when compensation is on the line, so it is always good to have a strong understanding of the law as it applies your circumstances.

It is worth noting that owners who voluntarily clear away these elemental build-ups must take the responsibility seriously. Negligent voluntary clearing that still leaves opportunities for injury may not reflect well on the owner. They may end up taking on more liability rather than protecting themselves by voluntarily clearing away snow and ice.

Understanding your rights

Slip-and-fall accidents come in many shapes and sizes, and the details are always important. It is not wise to look at another victim's experience seeking fair compensation and assume that your experience will play out the same way.

To keep your rights protected while you make your recovery, consider your options carefully. The process of filing an injury claim and seeking damages takes months or even years.

The sooner you begin using strong legal resources to build your claim, the sooner you can focus on your physical recovery, while your priorities remain secure and your rights enjoy the protection of the law. Don't wait to start working toward the strong recovery that you deserve.

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