After it snows, the last thing you want to do is get up and shovel your property. However, it’s important you do it as soon as possible regardless of how much snow has fallen.

City Code 10-720

According to this code, you’re required by law from the time the snow has stopped falling to go out and shovel your area. You must clear a path three feet wide, and you have up to six hours to do so. If you have a smaller sidewalk that’s less than three feet, you are permitted to clear a path only one foot wide. In an apartment complex, or any type of family building, the landlord or management company is responsible for shoveling the area. If you neglect to shovel your area, you can face up to $300 in fines.

Slip and Fall Accidents

A client who slips and falls on icy or snowy conditions needs to prove two things in order to have a case. Like other slip and fall accidents, the property owner must have been aware or should have been aware of the defect. The client’s slip and fall also needs to be caused by a defect, rather than the snow and icy conditions alone. The law doesn’t require the property owner to keep the sidewalk free from snow and ice at all times, as it is impossible to do so. During winter conditions, pedestrians are responsible to be more cautious than usual. A common defect may be a hill or ridge.


If you’re a property owner, shovel and salt your area. If you’re a pedestrian, be extra cautious.

The Heslin Law Firm offers free consultations for slip and fall victims in Philadelphia. If you need to consult with an experienced premises liability lawyer, contact our firm. We will help you recover lost wages due to injury, future lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and more.

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