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Pennsylvania city cracks down on those who fail to remove snow

City officials warn that when residents and businesses fail to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks, dangerous property conditions can occur. According to police, someone could even die from a fall under these conditions. Therefore, police will be more aggressive in issuing criminal citations for those people and businesses that fail to comply with laws requiring snow to be cleared within 24 hours of the snowfall.

If people refuse to comply with the snow removal laws, they can face fines between $25 and $600, depending on the number of days the problem goes untreated. Furthermore, people could face up to 30 days in jail.

While criminal sanctions may encourage people to remove snow and clear dangerous sidewalks, they cannot compensate those hurt by slip-and-fall accidents. Those injured from a fall on a snowy or icy sidewalk, like the woman in this case, may be entitled to compensation under premises liability laws for their injuries. Under these laws, negligent property owners are responsible for damages caused by dangerous property conditions that they knew about but failed to fix. This compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Sewickley Patch, "Leetsdale Plans Crackdown on Snowy, Icy Sidewalks," Larissa Dudkiewicz, Jan. 13, 2013

City officials warn that when residents and businesses fail to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks, dangerous property conditions can occur. According to police, someone could even die from a fall under these conditions. Therefore, police will be more aggressive in issuing criminal citations for those people and businesses that fail to comply with laws requiring snow to be cleared within 24 hours of the snowfall.

If people refuse to comply with the snow removal laws, they can face fines between $25 and $600, depending on the number of days the problem goes untreated. Furthermore, people could face up to 30 days in jail.

While criminal sanctions may encourage people to remove snow and clear dangerous sidewalks, they cannot compensate those hurt by slip-and-fall accidents. Those injured from a fall on a snowy or icy sidewalk, like the woman in this case, may be entitled to compensation under premises liability laws for their injuries. Under these laws, negligent property owners are responsible for damages caused by dangerous property conditions that they knew about but failed to fix. This compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Sewickley Patch, "Leetsdale Plans Crackdown on Snowy, Icy Sidewalks," Larissa Dudkiewicz, Jan. 13, 2013

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