Snow and ice removal from sidewalks
Vancouver has had some cold weather recently, and a few flurries of snow. Responsible homeowners should ensure that they clear the snow from their walkways and the sidewalks in front of their homes.
The City of Vancouver has a bylaw stating that sidewalks must be cleared by 10am following a snowfall. Property owners, occupants, and tenants can be fined if they fail to do this by the 10am deadline. However, legal liability is not limited to this fine: if a person slips and falls, those responsible for clearing the snow could be responsible for paying the entire amount of the injured person’s claim. Homeowners insurance may cover this, but you can expect an increase in premiums.
If a person slips on a sidewalk, they may find themselves with a sprained wrist, a sore back, or other injuries. The first step an injured person should take is to seek immediate medical treatment. The next step is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers have extensive experience working with slip and fall cases against private homeowners, businesses, and the City of Vancouver. Call us for a free consultation: 604-684-0040.Go back to Blog