Massachusetts Snow Accumulation has Resulted in Hundreds of Roof Collapses and Multiple Deaths.

The Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates is a team of expert Massachusetts injury lawyer specialists with decades of personal injury settlement and trial experience.   We have fostered an exceptional reputation for achieving superlative results for our clients. If you or a family member have been injured because of snow or ice, our Boston snow and ice attorneys will make sure that you receive the rightful money damages that you justly deserve.

While everyone is focused on the snow on the ground in winter, building owners and managers need to be aware of the amount of snow accumulation on building roofs. Although snow may appear light and fluffy, one cubic foot of snow can weight up to 62.4 pounds, which severely compromises the structural integrity of a building’s roof.  This is a particularly common problem for Massachusetts residents as the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported over 130 roof collapses in two weeks of this past February alone.

Snow accumulation not only damages a building, but puts its occupants and residents at risk of severe personal injury or even death.  Tragically, there were multiple reported deaths due to snow accumulation in Massachusetts last winter, with fatal incidents in Warwick, Canton, Framingham, and Hingham.  Flat and low pitched roofs are most likely to buckle under heavy snow and ice accumulations. Removing snow will reduce the dangers of a structural collapse. According to patch.com, roofs aren’t the only problem to look out for: the Department of Fire Services has received many reports of gas leaks and fires caused by snow and icicles falling on gas piping and meters, MEMA has reported.

Each new winter season comes with new risks and obligations. If you have been injured because of an unattended accumulation of snow, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any medical expenses or pain and suffering.  Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation today!

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