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Sidewalk Liability Not The Same Everywhere

While New York City has decided to shift the liability responsibility for its more than 12,000 miles of sidewalks off its back onto commercial property owners, it is not the same everywhere elseat least with regard to claims relating to failure to remove ice and snow.

More typically, according to an article in The St. Louis Post Dispatch in January, under the legal proposition of “general condition,” the defense is that the ice and snow is an act of God and someone who is injured cannot blame the property owner for the condition. However, if the property owner clears the sidewalk, he or she can be held liable for doing an inadequate job of cleaning that resulted in the injury.

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