If someone slips and injures themselves on an icy or snowy sidewalk, they may be able to recover compensation for those injuries from the owner or occupant of the property. This could be accomplished via a premises liability lawsuit.
Where snow and ice is concerned, there is an obvious expectation that it could create a slippery surface upon which people will be expected to walk. That said, property owners must take steps to clear the hazard within a reasonable amount of time.
Removing snow shortly after it has fallen is a good idea not only because it must be done. It is also usually easier to do than later, when people walking on it packs it down and could cause it to turn to ice. Where the removal of ice is concerned, clearing it during the warmest part of the day is advisable. This is because it will be softer and most likely easier to remove. When it can’t be removed, spreading gravel or sand can result in the ice being less slippery since it creates a top layer that is gritty.
While proper maintenance of sidewalks can make things safer for pedestrians it is important that those who are injured in a slip-and-fall accident are aware that they may be able to take legal action.
Source: The City of Edmonton, “Tips for Sidewalk Snow & Ice Removal,” Accessed Nov. 18, 2014