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

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