A personal injury lawyer's winter wonderland

Personal injury lawyers advise that slips and trips on icy pavements can be fraught with difficulty for proof of liability.

In December 2008, hospital admissions in Lancashire rose by 20% due to cold weather related medical problems. Along with winter illness, patients were admitted with various fractures and broken bones. Preston and Chorley hospitals saw around 320 new patients admitted each day.

General Manager of the accident and emergency departments at the local NHS trust, Suzanne Hargreaves, said, "Due to the icy weather we have had many older patients admitted with broken hips and other fractures."

Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveal that over 20,000 people have to go to hospital each year due to slips and falls on ice, snow or frost. Many of these personal injury accidents happen on footpaths.

A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council said, "Legislation makes it very difficult for us when it comes to cleaning and gritting footpaths.

"If we try and clear footpaths and someone slips we are liable. If we leave it to clear naturally we're not liable. When I owned a newsagent's in Leyland our insurers were quite explicit with us that when it snowed we were not to go out and clear the footpath outside the shop.

"If I go out and change the road conditions and someone slips those road conditions are my fault."

The council admitted that they would only grit frozen paths in areas of high usage, but more rural areas with low traffic volumes would not have their paths treated. It was explained that the grit used by the council was only effective if walked over by a large amount of people and therefore it was useless on footpaths that saw infrequent use.

A RoSPA spokesperson said, "If there is a particular risk and a council knows a pavement can be gritted, we think they should."

A personal injury lawyer from Lancashire commented that claims as a result of falls on icy paths are "fraught with difficulties".

Slips and trips compensation claims with the personal injury lawyer experts
If you have fallen on an icy path our personal injury experts will quickly be able to tell you whether you are eligible to make a compensation claim.

Our solicitors work entirely on a no win no fee basis, that means whether your case is successful or not you will not have to pay any legal fees. At YouClaim we also guarantee that you will receive 100 per cent of any compensation awarded; we will not take a penny and all our fees are charged to those liable for your personal injury.

Call our free UK helpline on 0800 10 757 95 or have an e-chat. If it's not convenient right now we can call you back, or you could give us a few details about your claim by filling in our online claim form and we will call you to discuss it further; our personal injury solicitors are waiting to hear from you.

Published on 1970-01-01 22:34:00