While New England winters lead to plenty of snow days and cozy nights, snowstorms can also create a variety of problems for commercial property owners. Along with the potential for structural damages, harsh winter conditions increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. Massachusetts has specific regulations that define a property owner’s responsibility regarding snow and ice removal, so learn more about your duties to protect yourself and your business.
What Responsibilities Do Commercial Property Owners Have?
Commercial property owners are legally obligated to take reasonable steps to keep their premises free of potential safety hazards. Under Massachusetts law, this applies to dangerous accumulations of snow and ice. All walkways, driveways, sidewalks, stairways, and parking lots attached to the property must be adequately cleared to provide a safe path and reduce the chances of a slip and fall accident.
Furthermore, the City of Boston requires property owners to remove snow and ice within three hours of snowfall ending, or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight.
What Are the Consequences of Non-Compliance?
If a property owner fails to comply with the law and a slip and fall incident occurs on their premises, the victim may file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. They’ll need to show the property owner acted negligently by not fulfilling their snow removal duties, and their injuries were a direct result. In most cases, people filing personal injury claims can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you experienced injuries from a slip and fall accident on commercial property, turn to Bellotti Law Group, P.C. to explore your legal options. Backed by three decades of experience, they can help you navigate the complex claims process and devise an effective strategy for proving liability. They’ve handled countless personal injury cases throughout the Boston Metro area and have an established track record of getting clients maximum compensation. Call (617) 778-1000 to schedule a free consultation, or visit them online for more information on their services.