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Based on the insane amount of snow Massachusetts experienced this winter, some experts foresee lenient juries in slip and fall cases.  Most people remember being unable to keep up with the extreme accumulations, especially in late January and early February.  This blogger was forced to snowshoe-pack his front yard so he could throw more snow onto it from the driveway.  The limited ability of owners and managers to expose bare ground in these conditions may result in an easier defense - at least temporarily. 

As a reminder, P&A is recommending leaving open cabinet doors containing water pipes on outside walls, the dishwasher door and, in extremely cold temperatures, leaving faucets open at a drip.   Shoveling roof eaves is another way to avoid winter storm damage to buildings.  Keep warm…


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