Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks of ice and snow?

In the wintertime, one of the worst things that can happen is walking down the sidewalk and slipping on a patch of ice that was not taken care of. You’re injured now and do not know who to turn to in order to receive compensation for your injury. Is the city responsible? Is the owner of the property? Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks of ice and how can you gain compensation for your injuries after a slip and fall in the winter?

Winter-related slip and falls have doubled in past years, which is why it is important to know who should take responsibility for an injury.

Depends on the property type

While New Jersey recommends that anyone with a sidewalk outside of their house shovel, and some even fine residential property owners who neglect shoveling, individuals or families that live in residential homes are often not responsible for clearing the sidewalks of ice. Sidewalks outside of their house are public property, which means that if a slip and fall accident occurs on the sidewalk outside of their house, the injured party cannot hold them liable.

Commercial property owners, on the other hand, have a duty to look for and deal with snow or ice that is on the sidewalk on their property. If you were to slip and fall outside of their building on the sidewalk, you may be able to hold them liable, as they did not take care of the issue.

Sustaining an injury due to a slip and fall on the ice or snow in the winter can be a pain, both physically and emotionally. It can take a long time to recover from such an incident, and possibility a lot of money in medical bills or physical therapy. If icy sidewalks caused you harm, it may be worth looking into how you can gain compensation for your injuries.

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