As late-winter snowstorms bear down on a significant part of the country, slip-and-fall injuries are no doubt increasing. That's why it's important to know just how much liability a property owner should assume when someone falls on a sidewalk, parking lot or other part of their property during a storm. That's where something called the "storm doctrine" comes in.
These laws also go by a variety of "continuous storm doctrine." Local cities and municipalities may also have regulations about a property owner's duty to keep the outdoor area clear. St. Louis, for example, has a snow removal ordinance that mandates this removal after "any fall of snow."