Areas of Law / Personal Injury

What responsibility do householders have to clear ice and snow from their paths and drives? I remember someone successfully suing the owner of a house who had swept up the snow and put salt down. Is it advisable to leave well alone?

Householders are expected to take “reasonable” care to prevent injury to visitors. Sweeping snow from a path would generally be regarded as an adequate precaution. In the case you mention the householder may have made matters worse, and the case will have centred on whether he should have known he was making matters worse. The answer is to make the approach to your property as safe as possible. Your domestic insurance should cover such risks.

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