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Icy Sidewalks Send 20 to Emergency Room

COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger) -- Icy sidewalks sent about 20 people to the Grant Medical Center Monday, leading many to seek legal advice.

Attorney David Shroyer said several people called his office wanting to know what happens if they slip and fall on someone else's property.

He said they are not getting the answer they want.

"If it's a natural accumulation of snow and ice, (there's) no legitimate claim at all," Shroyer said.

He said that courts have ruled that Ohio is "an inherently dangerous place to live" during the winter, so it is up to the individual to stay stable.

Still, homeowners are encouraged to take a moment to scrape off the sidewalks -- a courtesy that could potentially spare someone a trip to the emergency room.

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