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Have You Been Injured By a Roof Collapse or Slip and Fall In New Hampshire?
The winter months are nearly upon us, and this means snow! There was lots of it last year. In New Hampshire, because of record amounts of snowfall in recent years, there is a growing concern over roofs collapsing. In 2014, heavy snow storms led to the loss of property and numerous collapsed roofs in different parts of the state. Portsmouth, New Hampshire received a disproportionate amount of the devastation where the snow wreaked havoc on many buildings. Because of the sheer amount of snow, between 500 and 700 Portsmouth residents were displaced from their homes after the roof of their apartment building caved in. Fortunately, no one was injured. City officials and the owner of the property decided, due to safety concerns, to evacuate everyone until repairs could be made.
Several schools across the state also had to evacuate due to concern over the amount of snow that was on the roofs. Fire crews worked around the clock to shovel snow off of the roofs to prevent structural damage and to remove the snow.
When it comes to local businesses, who is responsible for snow removal?
Each year, there are hundreds of slip and fall accidents reported throughout the state. Business owners are required to keep the sidewalks and walkways in front of and around their shops safe and clear for customers to pass. This responsibility also includes removing excessive amounts of snow from their roofs. Late last year, a New Hampshire man was buried alive in a roof snow avalanche. He was buried for over three hours until his wife arrived home and fortunately heard his cries. In Hooksett, another roof collapse occurred in a Mammoth Road apartment complex. The building contained thirty units. Because of the weight of heavy snow, one of the main beams supporting the building’s roof collapsed. Residents reported being awakened by creaking sounds and loud noises moments before the roof gave way. A team of firefighters was quickly dispatched to carry out evacuations but encountered difficulties getting residents to leave their homes as most were completely unaware of what had just occurred. Hooksett Fire Chief, Michael Williams, reported that there were no injuries, and all of the residents were safely evacuated.
In other communities throughout the state, including Lafayette Road and Seabrook, a strip mall’s roof collapsed because of large amounts of snow. The most recent snowstorm had dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the ground across the town. The owners of the building stated that they were aware there was a possibility that the roof could cave in, so they made contact with a roofing company to have the roof cleared. Unfortunately, no one was available to do the job. Their personal efforts to remove the snow were inadequate. Fortunately, no patrons or personnel were inside of the mall when the roof collapsed. Even though there was significant amount of damage, there were no injuries.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident or roof collapse?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident or in a roof collapse, your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. Your second step should be to contact an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer. Our personal injury attorneys will collect all of your medical records and conduct a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding your accident. You need an attorney who is well-versed in New Hampshire’s premises liability laws and who has experience handling complex cases such as these. Our New Hampshire injury attorneys have the legal skills and experience to effectively advocate on our clients’ behalf to bring their personal injury claim to a successful close.
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