Can you make a claim if you slip or trip on snow or ice? - 09/02/2012
Ian Corbett, a personal injury specialist at Hopkins was interviewed this morning by Mark Dennison on his BBC Radio Nottingham show. He was taking calls from listeners about the likelihood of an accident injury claim succeeding as a result of falling and being injured on the snow or ice. A relevant issue given the recent bad weather we’ve been experiencing.
Ian says "Despite what people may think it is very difficult to make a claim if you fall and injure yourself as a result of roads not being gritted. Public authorities have a duty of care but they cannot be expected to clear and grit all roads and paths immediately, it’s a question of priorities, and those areas with heavy traffic or footfall will inevitably get preference to quieter areas."
He adds "Another myth is that you can have a claim made against you if someone slips and injures themselves on the footpath outside your house or driveway, this is even less likely to succeed than a claim against a local authority."