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Winter in New Hampshire: Slip and fall accidents

It's pretty hard not to notice that we have been inundated with winter weather in our state. It brings to mind that residents must be cautious when walking on hazardous surfaces. But with snowy sidewalks, slippery steps and wet floors in stores or offices, the chances of an accident are greater than ever.

Incidents like this are commonly called slip-and-fall accidents. As we note on our practice page, the legal term is premises liability. Property owners are responsible for making sure patrons and residents are safe, and if an accident happens, they can be held liable for any injuries.

A wide range of accidents fit the premises liability standard. Circumstances can run the gamut from a public sidewalk that hasn't been cleared of snow to a catastrophic injury from an amusement park ride going wrong. Any dangerous property condition that causes injury to an individual should be examined carefully to determine if seeking compensation from those responsible is appropriate. Our law practice has in-depth experience of how best to sort through the facts of the matter and apply New Hampshire law.

Premises liability claims can provide money to pay medical bills, replace wages lost during recovery and provide security if a new direction for the future must be found. As mentioned earlier, the elderly are particularly susceptible to slip and fall injuries. Some may be devastating. Traumatic brain injuries are of a particular concern in those cases. Providing for the long-term care of someone with a debilitating head injury can be far more expensive than one might anticipate. If a lawsuit is needed to pursue funds to provide the needed care, an accurate projection is necessary to safeguard the family's needs.

Anytime you suffer an injury because someone else was careless or negligent, it's worth it to explore all the circumstances of the accident. If a hazardous condition was involved, a review of the prevention measures an owner or tenant may have taken is relevant. With all this information at hand, it's easier to make a decision as to how legal options can help with recovery.

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