Slipping on the Ice

Through the sunshine of an early March morning, we see the flakes drift to the ground, to settle in the freezing cold and lie crystalline on the ground to await their fate. Some may become a soft sludge, trodden underfoot. Others have fallen in one of the many crevices that aren’t easily stepped in – for them a longer existence terminated only by the thaw. Still more find themselves in a prime location for play – to be rolled into a frozen ball, or form the body of a snowman.

Snow.

It is beautiful, but also treacherous. While children relish its arrival, rushing out in scarves and gloves to freeze their fingers in the pursuit of entertainment, most adults look at the snow as if glaring at an enemy. It will disrupt their lives, make them question how needed they are. Must the children go to school? Are they even able? And work? Can’t we all just call a snow day?

The truth is it is much more likely that you have to ignore the snow, and cut through weather which feels like Siberia in order to get into the office. Hopefully, you won’t have any issues on the way, but you might.

Whose responsibility is snow?

The weather is natural. No one is responsible for whether or not it snows, not even the forecaster standing there on morning television waving her arms over a superimposed map of the UK. She’s merely delivering the bad news, and we all know not to shoot the messenger!

Companies have a duty of care which includes ensuring that in times of snow, they keep their premises safe. It’s part of the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957. If you have a slip and are hurt while on their premises – even if it is just crossing the car park – you may be able to claim for compensation.

The same is true at work – your employer has a duty of care.

And the bus company who form part of your commute.

Or the supermarket you go to for groceries – even though they are out of chicken because the delivery truck couldn’t get to them!

No one is responsible for snow – but everyone is responsible for clearing it away and keeping their premises safe.

What do I do?

If you have been injured or hurt in anyway due to someone’s negligence during this period of snowy weather, you should call us today so that we can get you on the road to compensation. Our friendly advisors and solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you can call us confident that it’s not going to cost you a penny – just a little of your time.

Do take care though – it is far better to prevent a slip and enjoy the snow like you did when you were a child than to find yourself watching it through the window with your leg in a cast!

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