I've read on here that if someone slips on the path outside your house they can claim against you. After all the snow lately I've been getting it in the ear from the OH about clearing the snow from our path and how it's the law etc. etc. We even got a 2 page note in the letter box about it the other day.
I don't think I'm above the law and I'm an advocate of 'When in Rome'. Also, I think it's a good idea that everyone is responsible for ensuring their own area is safe for pedestrians. My question is, how is this enforcable as a law? The snow MUST be cleared before a certain time everyday but how can someone claim damages against you if they slip and injure themselves or worse? For example what if:
1. You are away on holiday, it snows and someone slips and breaks their neck. Are you still liable?
2. What if you work nights or sleep late and it snows, someone breaks their leg at 7.31 AM before you return from work/get up. Are you still liable?
3. What if you clear the snow away but someone slips on the ice you just can't shift. Are you still liable?
4. You clear the snow away leaving a path with not one piece of snow or ice and retire to the warmth safe in the knowledge of a job well done. It snows again without your knowledge and someone slips and injures themselves. Are you still liable?
5. You clear the snow perfectly but nevertheless someone falls and injure themselves. Are you still liable?
6. You know you've cleared everything perfectly but someone says they've fallen and been injured. Are you still liable?
7. What if you're laid up with a broken leg and can't physically clear the snow away. Are you still liable?
Who is responsible for enforcing this law and what powers do they have? Should I get out more?
Any thoughts appreciated.