Minnesotans are quite familiar with large snowfalls and the importance of adequate snow shoveling. But as we progress through the snowy month of February, GoldenbergLaw’s Minneapolis premises liability lawyers thought it was a good idea to remind our readers of the liability issues involved with un-shoveled walkways.
Put simply, you are expected to keep your property, including driveways and sidewalks that run through it, safe for passersby. And you can be held liable for injuries these passersby suffer if you fail to live up to these obligations.
When it comes to snow, this means shoveling your portion of the sidewalk so that it can be safely walked on. This doesn’t mean you must clear away every bit of snow or ice and leave the walkway looking as pristine as it would on a beautiful summer day. Personal injury law is based around the concepts of negligence and reasonableness, and you will be fine so long as you keep your walkways reasonably clear.
Shoveling snow from your driveway and sidewalk can keep your family safe, your neighbors healthy and your legal liability minimal.
If you’re a resident of Minneapolis or any other Minnesota community and you have questions for our premises liability lawyers, please contact GoldenbergLaw or call us at (800) 504-0281 for a free consultation.