A winter storm dumps inches of snow and ice on your property. You want to stay huddled under a quilt with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. Is it a good idea? Not if you don’t want to be hit with a personal injury lawsuit. If someone slips and falls on your property because you have failed to clear it, you could very well find yourself in court answering for your lack of motivation. Here’s what you need to know.
When someone does slip and fall on your property, one of the first questions that will run through your mind is, “Who’s responsible?” The answer to that question is not always clear cut. In all actuality, it depends on where the accident occurred. If you own a home, you are expected, by law, to make a reasonable effort to maintain clear walkways. That means that you have to put your cup of coffee down, crawl out from under the quilt and shovel your sidewalks.
If you live in an apartment, condominium or other rental property, you may not be responsible. Take a good, long look at your lease agreement. Typically, your landlord is responsible for snow and ice removal. At times, you may rent a house and yard maintenance as your responsibility may be written into your lease. Check carefully.
So how do you protect yourself? The first thing you need to do is get to know your local laws. Find out who is responsible for your snow removal. The next thing you should do is determine if you are able to clear your walkways yourself, if you are required to do so. If you cannot, you need to make arrangements to have it done for you. Not being physically able to remove snow and ice may not be a good enough defense if someone is hurt on your property.
If you have any questions as to snow removal and your responsibilities, you can contact your local government offices to find out more. Your insurance agent can also be a great source of information.
If someone is injured on your property or you are injured on someone else’s property, you need the help of an experienced attorney. Call our offices today for assistance. We will review the details of your case for free and answer any questions you may have. Call now.