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When a Tree Falls, Who Is Liable?

Where a tree or limb from one property fell on another property, neighbors may debate who is responsible for cleaning up and paying for any damage
November 9, 2011

Where a tree or limb from one property fell on another property, neighbors may debate who is responsible for cleaning up and paying for any damage. The question is a special concern throughout the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, as residents clean up following an early-season snowstorm.

The matter is confusing because if your tree falls on your neighbor’s property when it’s not storming, you usually are liable, said Pat Borowski, senior vice president of PIA National, speaking with the Allentown, PA Morning Call. "In a storm, the way the coverage works is exactly opposite," she said. "That's what I think confuses people." Tree damage during a storm is considered a "natural" event that's not either person’s fault, Borowski said. But if a tree or limb falls on a sunny day and damages your neighbor’s property, you can be held responsible.

Read the entire on what to do when a tree falls: When a Tree Falls, Who’s Liable? (Allentown PA Morning Call 11/3/11)

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