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Massachusetts court overturns 125-year-old slip and fall accident laws

Slip and fall accidents often happen on icy sidewalks and parking lots in Massachusetts during the winter. In the past, the state’s courts made a distinction between snow and ice conditions caused by nature and those caused artificially.

Not anymore. In a recent ruling, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court threw out a 125-year-old ruling that makes a distinction between natural and artificial snow and ice hazards. In the past, courts in Massachusetts had stated property owners did nothing wrong when they didn’t remove ice or snow that accumulated there naturally.

Instead, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that effective immediately, property owners can be held liable for snow or ice on a walkway even if the snow accumulated there by natural means. In general, the ruling means that walkways in Massachusetts must be safe to walk on at all times. The court ruling will also be applied retroactively to all pending lawsuits.

Slip and fall accidents often cause serious injuries. Such severe injuries include brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. What would you do if you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident? Who would you trust? Who would you turn to after your accident to make sure you receive the compensation you entitled to and the justice you deserve?

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