2020 has been a difficult year for us all. One of the last things we want to deal with in 2021 is a lawsuit. As a result, it is important to know how to properly care for your property during the winter season. If someone becomes injured on your property, you may be held responsible. Read on to learn more about how to keep your property safe in the cold winter months and what to do in the event of an injury.
Am I Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
In New York, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties clean. This applies to homeowners, businesses, shops, and municipal buildings. So, if you own an apartment building, and somebody slips and injures themselves outside of it, you may be held responsible. It is important to note that New York City property owners have a certain amount of time after a snow or rainfall event to clean their properties of any snow or ice. If you fail to clean your property within this time frame, this may be considered negligent and you can be held responsible for an accident that occurs on your property. This window of time differs by municipality, so contact our firm if you have any questions.
How Can I Keep my Property Safe?
To avoid any injuries, you will need to make sure you follow proper guidelines and keep your property safe for pedestrians.
- Know the rules
- Familiarize yourself with the laws of your municipality so you can ensure your property is cleaned within the designated timeframe.
- Be prepared
- Keep an eye on the weather for rain and snow. Make sure you have the tools you will need to keep your property clean. These tools may include shovels, snowblower, salt, gloves, and more.
- Have a backup plan
- It is important to have a plan in case you are unable to remove snow and ice from your property. For example, if you are going to be out of town, make sure to hire a service or ask a neighbor for a favor.
- Consider your options
- If you are unable to remove snow and ice from your property on your own, it may be in your best interest to hire a service. Make sure to research and find what option is best for you and your property.
If someone is injured on your property this winter, contact our firm to discuss your case.
Contact our Firm
A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!