Law Talk: Storm Law (1/4/20)
In light of the winter season, we did a program on Storm Law, a term we used to describe the legal issues surrounding slip-and-fall personal injury cases involving ice and snow. We talked about the different requirements for claims concerning municipal (as opposed to private) sidewalks, whether you can still sue if you fell during the storm itself (usually not), and how the concept of contributory negligence affects the injured person’s ability to collect for the injury. We also warned listeners that they may be liable for a slippery town sidewalk if they own the abutting property (true in some, but not all, towns). Listener calls included a listener who wanted to know who’s liable if a city snowplow pushes snow from the roadway onto a freshly-shoveled sidewalk.