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Slip and Fall Accident on Icy Sidewalk Renders $1.2M Personal Injury Verdict

A jury has awarded Brenda Alcala $1.2 million for her slip and fall accident on a sidewalk. The 54-year-old woman shattered her right ankle during the incident while staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Bettendorf. Alcala had to undergo two surgeries. She says that she now has arthritis in that ankle and limps. Alcala may need more surgery in the future.

Following her slip accident, Alcala filed a premises liability lawsuit against Courtyard Management Corp. and Marriott International Inc. Following deliberations, a jury found her 2% liable for her injuries.

Alcala said that because of the slip and fall accident, she had to change jobs and take a pay cut since she could no longer continuing traveling like she did when she was consulting for Genesis Health System. When filing her complaint, Alcala noted that her injury caused her to sustain significant future income loss.

Massachusetts Slip and Fall

With our snow and icy weather currently in Massachusetts, our Boston slip and fall lawyers want to remind all of you to exercise caution when walking on sidewalks, driveways, and roads. If you suffered an injury after slipping or falling on someone else’s property, please contact Altman & Altman, LLP right away.

In Massachusetts, property owners can be held liable for both natural and unnatural accumulations of snow and ice that cause slip and fall accidents. Until a few years ago, this was not the case and unnatural accumulation had to be a factor. Ice that builds up on the roof and then melts to drip and refreeze on the ground and ice patches reformed from ice that first turned into puddles are two examples of unnatural accumulations that can lead to Massachusetts slip and fall injuries.

Slip and fall injuries on ice can be very painful. They may cause broken bones, hip displacement, broken hips, spinal cord injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries. At Altman & Altman, our Boston premises liability attorneys would like to offer you a free case consultation.

Slip-and-fall verdict awards woman $1.2M, Quad-City Times, February 24, 2014

Massachusetts Law about Snow and Ice, Mass.gov

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