Snow Removal and Indemnification of Business Owners

Last week’s snowstorm made it clear that winter has officially arrived, bringing along with it, some treacherous conditions. When navigating through icy sidewalks and piles of snow, it is important to be knowledgeable about the laws surrounding a slip and fall incidents. Say, for example, you slip on a patch of ice in the parking lot outside of a store and injure yourself. You definitely have a personal injury claim, but against whom?


While it is the business owners’ responsibility to arrange for snow removal, they are generally not the ones directly removing the snow. Most businesses have a contract with a snow removal company which indemnifies the business owner against any injuries’ that occur as a result of improper snow removal. Thus, your personal injury claim will be brought against the company that handles snow removal, rather than the store directly. In a situation such as this, you may face some difficulty tracking down the company that should be held responsible. This is why it is important to hire a lawyer to determine who is responsible, and get you the proper compensation.

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