The cold weather brings a great deal of problems with it. Poor driving conditions, risk of frostbite, and a rise in colds and the flu are just some of the things Massachusetts families have to contend with during the winter. One other common problem is the raised risk of slip and fall accidents due to snow and ice. These kinds of accidents can greatly injure a person, resulting in medical costs, physical injury and more. An out-of-state news anchor is dealing with a premises liability claim after he says that the state capitol failed to properly treat an icy sidewalk where he fell and injured himself.
The news anchor says that when he visited the state capitol to conduct an interview with the governor, he did not expect to get hurt. He said that he saw what he thought was salt on the sidewalk, leading him to believe that it was safe to use. He alleges that when he stepped onto the curb, his feet flew out from under him and that he had a very hard fall.
The journalist underwent surgery for his broken hip. He says that, being diabetic, his recovery from surgery was negatively affected. He claims that he has sustained over $50,000 in medical expenses as well as pain and emotional trauma. He accuses the state Department of Administration of failing to utilize products that would have made it safe for pedestrians to use the sidewalk.
This man's accident can serve as a reminder that Massachusetts businesses and organizations of all kinds must ensure that pedestrians can maneuver safely on their walkways. If they fail to do so, a premises liability claim may be the way for a victim of a slip and fall accident to hold responsible parties accountable. A successfully litigated claim could result in monetary damages that can be used to cover costs associated with this kind of accident.