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Who is responsible when people slip on ice in front of stores?

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2021 | Slip And Fall Injuries

The seasons in New York are very different from each other. Right now the state is in the winter season which means that there will be snow storms. People will be dealing with snow and ice on the roads, sidewalks, parking lots and pretty much anywhere when they are outside. Snow and ice obviously make all the surfaces outside more slippery and people need to take precautions when driving or walking through it.

It also means that people need to help everyone out by shoveling and plowing the snow off of sidewalks, roads and parking lots.

Olean snow removal ordinance

Property owners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks and public areas on their property or in front of their property free of snow and ice. During the storm, snow and ice may accumulate, but all the snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall ending. Commercial property owners have the added responsibility of keeping their sidewalks and parking lots free of snow and ice at all times during the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

It is important that people are businesses follow these rules. When people slip and fall on snow and ice, they can suffer significant injuries as a result. They may have sprains, break bones, suffer head and brain injuries and many other types of injuries. These injuries can require significant medical treatment. This treatment can be very costly for the victims and they may lose income as well. So, they may suffer financially as well.

Many people slip and fall on ice and snow in Olean every winter. These injuries can have a major effect on their lives. If the slip and fall occurred because a business owner did not keep their parking lot or sidewalk clear of snow and ice, the victims may be entitled to compensation for the injuries though. This compensation can be very valuable as people recover from their injuries. Experienced attorneys understand the difficulties these injuries cause and may be able to help people receive what they deserve.