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Re: Getting a grip on gritting could spare us a season of broken bones

20 Dec 2017
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Unless good neighbours do something particularly stupid while clearing snow and ice from paths and driveways, they have no need to worry about being sued if someone then slips and is injured. As with any personal injury claim, someone must be negligent and that negligence must be proven for a claim to succeed. You would have to have been extremely reckless for a lawyer even to consider taking on a case against you.

 

I am not aware of any successful claims against members of the public who have cleared ice and snow. But, to clarify, using hot water to melt snow for example which is then going to re-freeze and create a dangerous sheet of ice would be very foolish and someone could be hurt.

 

Just use some grit and a shovel.

 

Brett Dixon

 

President

 

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Past letters to the press

RE: Compo culture - The News (Portsmouth) 14 December, 15 Dec 2017
RE: Telegraph article '£43,000 payout for playground splinter' (27 November), 28 Nov 2017
Regional newspapers - Legal aid for bereaved families, 21 Nov 2017
Regional newspapers - Drivers urged to 'Back Off', 11 Oct 2017
RE: Scotsman article 'Disincentive needed now to discourage dishonest claims' 4 September, 06 Sep 2017
RE: Daily Mail article 'Car insurers: we’re being forced to hike premiums by £250' (17 August), 17 Aug 2017
RE: Daily Mail article 'More Than boss blames fraudulent claims for rise of insurance premium' (3 August 2017) , 03 Aug 2017
Re: Daily Mail 'Crash payouts for UK drivers are 17 times higher than other nations', 06 Jul 2017

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