Experienced Attorneys Representing Slip-And-Fall Accident Victims In Massachusetts

For several years, the long-standing legal standard in Massachusetts was that landowners were not responsible for any accidents that resulted due to their failure to remove a natural accumulation of snow and ice.

This standard was essentially an exception to the general rule of premises liability (holding a property owner to the duty of using reasonable care to maintain the property in a safe condition) and recognition of the difficult and unpredictable weather conditions in Massachusetts.

New Legal Standards Apply Today

On Aug. 2, 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court decided the case of Papadopoulos v. Target Corp. In joining with the majority of courts in other states, the SJC concluded that an injured party is no longer required to prove that an accident was the result of an unnatural accumulation to prevail.

Following this decision, the determination of whether a landowner is liable for an accident now depends on the particular facts of the case, such as the amount of foot traffic expected on the property, the extent of the reasonably foreseen risk and the cost and burden of removing the ice or snow.

Essentially, the standard will be similar to that of all other types of slip-and-fall cases: The landowner has a duty to act as a reasonable person under all circumstances.

Proving Lesser Burden On The Injured Party

The result of this new legal standard is that property owners should be even more diligent than before in taking all reasonable measures to remove snow and to keep all walkways free of ice. Conversely, individuals who have been injured due to a fall on an icy surface now have a much better chance of prevailing in their cases and collecting damages for their injuries.


If you have been injured from a fall on snow or ice, contact an experienced Massachusetts slip-and-fall personal injury attorney at Law Offices of Ira C. Yellin, LLC, who can advise you as to whether the owner of the property on which you fell may be legally liable for your injuries.

At Law Offices of Ira C. Yellin, LLC, we are dedicated to obtaining everything that our clients are entitled to receive for injuries they have suffered as a result of an accident. With offices conveniently located in Franklin, Law Offices of Ira C. Yellin, LLC, is readily available to assist you with your most urgent and pressing legal needs.

Contact A Massachusetts Ice And Snow Accident Attorney For A Free Consultation

Make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. Call our Franklin office at 508-528-8885. You can also email us to learn more about our Massachusetts personal injury legal services.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, please email Law Offices of Ira C. Yellin, LLC, today.