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If You Are Going to Fall and Get Hurt, Do It on a Clean Sidewalk

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I was trying to walk on an icy sidewalk of a local restaurant yesterday and I wondered why wouldn’t they clean off the sidewalk better than they did for their customers? As an owner you sure wouldn’t want a customer to slip on their property. With that said, I ask again why wouldn’t the owner clean off the sidewalk better?  If you asked the same question you might be surprised by the answer.  The person I was with reminded me of this unbelieveable reason as to why it would be better to NOT shovel your sidewalk than to clean it off.  If a person slips and falls on your property after you cleaned off your sidewalk you are most likely liable for any injuries sustained in the fall.  If you didn’t touch it at all and a person falls and injures themselves in the fall you most likely would not be liable because the fall occurred due to an “act of God” (snowfall and ice).

Now does that make any sense? Not really but apparently it does legally.  To which all I can say is “only in America”.

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