The recent bad weather which caused many pedestrians to slip and fall on dangerous footpaths and car parks will inevitably lead to compensation claims.
Liam Moloney, Personal Injury Solicitor commented
“the slow response from Local Authorities and business owners in gritting footpaths, car parks and entrances to shops has caused many people to suffer unnecessary falls and consequential personal injury.
The Occupiers Liability Act 1995 places a legal duty on the occupiers of premises to ensure that there are no dangers existing on their properties. In many cases occupiers have carried out no gritting whatsoever and many substances are highly dangerous.
Reasonable efforts should be made by all occupiers to make their walkways safe for patrons”
Local Authorities have a legal duty under the 1993 Roads Act to maintain and construct roads and footpaths in their areas and their failure to consistently grit minor roads may leave them open to claims from injured road users”.
Moloney and Company
Lawlor’s Commercial Centre,
Naas, Co. Kildare
Phone No. 045 898000