With winter snow and ice warnings being issued around the country, homeowners are being reassured that by clearing their paths and driveways of ice and snow sensibly , this should not lead to them being sued if someone slips on it and injures themselves.
Over the last few years, home owners have feared that they would be sued if they tried to clear their paths and therefore did nothing.
As Councils will only grit major roads, many side roads and especially pavements will be left untreated but there is only limited circumstances where a claim could be brought for not treating an area.
People need to be sensible and take care when out in the ice and snow.
As amber weather-warnings were issued across many parts of the UK this week, APIL reassured homeowners that they can clear paths and driveways of snow or ice without fear of being sued.“Every single winter someone somewhere stirs the myth that Good Samaritans shouldn’t be helpful and clear snow because they will be sued if someone then falls and is injured. It’s absurd,” said the association’s president John Spencer.