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What To Do When You Slip and Fall on Snow and Ice.

A slip and fall on snow and ice may be more than embarrassing. More often than not, a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk will lead to a minor scrape. But in some cases, such a slip and fall may lead to a life changing injury. There are certain steps that you should take in order to protect yourself from further injury as well as to protect your rights as a potential victim.

  • The first thing you must do is seek appropriate medical treatment. More often than not, the severity of injuries on snow and ice is not immediately apparent. However, these injuries can be devastating, and may include fractures, back and spinal cord trauma and head injuries. Symptoms of non-visible injuries may only begin to manifest days or even weeks after the date of the accident. For this reason, it is vital to see your primary care physician or visit emergency services as soon as possible after you slip and fall on snow and ice. When you visit your doctor, try to be as thorough as possible in regards to the details of the accident and where on your body you may have sustained injuries.

  • If the circumstances allow, attempt to take a photograph of the scene of the accident and surrounding property as soon as possible after the fall. Photographic evidence may be vital in proving the elements of your case. Most cellular phones are equipped with camera features to allow you to capture the conditions of the scene as soon as you are injured, and this evidence is admissible in court. If you are unable to take a photograph immediately, ask a friend or a loved one to return to the scene as soon as possible to take a photograph for you. It is important to record the exact conditions of the snow and ice at the time of your injuries, before any changes occur. Uncontrollable changes in the weather or subsequent snow removal will alter the condition of the premises and may make it more difficult to prove your case.

  • Finally, you should contact an attorney with significant experience in snow and ice personal injury cases. An experienced attorney working tirelessly on your behalf is vital in securing just and fair compensation for your injuries. The expertise of the Boston snow and ice accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates will be invaluable to you in preparing and proving your case. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation at 617-787-370 or e-mail us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

Things to Consider

The following factors must be considered when pursuing a claim for personal injuries as a result of a fall on snow and ice. Keeping the following in mind will help you and your attorney present the best possible case.

  • Where You Were – If you fall and hurt yourself on snow and ice, it is important to remember exactly where you fell, the types of property in the area and the general circumstances of the situation. Having a few photographs of the area will be most helpful in jogging your memory as to exactly what happened.

  • Who Owns the Property – The type of property on which your accident occurred may sometimes be important. It is helpful to know whether you were injured on public or private property, where it was located, what the property was used for, and who was responsible for its maintenance. For example, landlords owe a greater duty of care to their tenants than they do to the general public. Knowing as much as you can about the property will assist our expert snow and ice injury lawyers in preparing your case so as to achieve maximum results.

  • What Caused the Injury – Knowing how the snow and ice accumulated to cause your injury can be relevant as well. Take note of the weather conditions of the day and any other physical conditions, such as dripping snow and ice, defects in the pavement and where the snow was shoveled. This information will help your attorney in proving the negligence of the property owner.

  • How Badly You Are Hurt – The extent of your injuries is a determinant in whether you choose to pursue a claim and how much you will be entitled to receive in damages. Once you have received medical care, consult with one of our expert snow and ice attorneys who will help you make a determination on whether your claim is worth pursuing and educate you on your options. Do not forget that some injuries are latent, and will only manifest once some time has passed after the initial injury.

If you believe you have a case worth pursuing, or even if you are unsure, please call today to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation with one of our experienced Massachusetts snow and ice personal injury lawyers. Call our office at 617-787-3700 or send us an email at info@gilhoylaw.com and speak with someone who is eager to help you!

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