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Getting a Recovery for Your Snow and Ice Fall Injuries

Getting a Recovery for Your Snow and Ice Fall Injuries

New York City requires that the adjoining property owner keep the public  sidewalk clear of snow and ice.

Be aware of the following:

  • The property owner does not have to shovel until the storm stops.
  • Once the storm stops, the owner is given a reasonable amount of time to clear the sidewalk.  For example, if the storm stops at 3 am, and the victim falls at 3 pm, the owner had more than enough time to shovel a path.  However, if the victim fell at 3:30 am, a mere half hour after the storm’s end, it would be unreasonable to expect that the owner would shovel in the middle of the night.
  • Although the owner of the adjoining premises is obligated to shovel, the law creates certain exemptions to liability.  For example, an owner of an one-, two-, or three-family home who lives in the building will not be held liable.  However, if the owner did a negligent job of shoveling, he can be held liable.

We have handled many snow and ice cases. If you have been injured due to a snow or ice fall, please feel free to call us at 800-581-1434 for a free consultation, or write to

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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