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My friend has just told me that if a postperson injures him/herself whilst on your property he/she can sue you!

Does anyone know if this is true?

Didn't sleep all night thinking of the assault course that is our front garden path!!

Is this why people put letter boxes at their entrances....or is that to save the postperson time? I've often thought of putting one up, but then worry about the security afforded the mail if it's outside the property.

Aaagh....sometimes I get so fed up with this litigious age...don't you?Confused

Whoops! just had to edit this as I put 'postman' first off.....not PC....see what I mean?

Posted at 12th Nov 2008 - 09:44AM   Posted by Salle de Bain   Postperson! Comments: 10

Ivy's Avatar I know it is true here but I suppose this information is next to useless to youVery Happy

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Nov 2008 at 11:10AM

Westerwitch's Avatar This is one for LL, but I suspect any delivery person could technically sue you if they hurt themselves on your property and possibly anyone. This is why it is good to have third party liability with your house insurance.

One day we will all have to risk assess our properties before anyone delivers anything. Or worse before we are allowed visitors.

I read of a case in America where someone fell through a friend's glass coffee table and sued her.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Nov 2008 at 11:51AM

Woozle1967's Avatar The world's gone mad WW. Think I'll come and join you on your mountain and we can lay traps and snares..........Twisted Evil

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 12th Nov 2008 at 12:39PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Can I come too? We could set up a watchtower and shoot warning volleys across the hillside (yes, yes I watched too much Survivors when in my teens)....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 12th Nov 2008 at 01:42PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yeah brilliant the more the merrier and we can dig pits and release poison snakes . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Nov 2008 at 02:08PM

Unfortunately the litigation thing isn't new. I did a law degree in the early 80's and even then, for example, if you cleared snow away from your path and made it even icier, anyone who then slipped could sue for damages. Then there's a thing called "the eggshell skull principle", which says that if the person slipping had brittle bones (or an eggshell skull) which was more liable to injury than a normal person, then tough. You would be sued for the amount of their injuries and not what a normal person would incur.
Over here (US) I get into trouble if I don't clear the snow out front, but they sue all the time so I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't!

Posted by: Expatmum on 12th Nov 2008 at 02:45PM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Salle, Just rang my insurance broker here in Dublin to double check. If your dog is on the loose, and bites someone on your property, then you are liable. If a person hurts themselves on your property due to your negligence, then you are liable. Third party liability is usually included in most household policies, but is worth a check. Tiggywinkle x

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 12th Nov 2008 at 03:29PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Think I'll just keep the gate chained shut from now on...but then again someone will probably get tangled up in that and then sue me....

Am I suffering from paranoia I wonder?

Thanks Tiggy for looking it up!
I must check my policy and read up on third party liability...

This question arose because there is a postperson in a village that I know whom everyone jokes about... saying that he/she must be looking for early retirement, as he/she is always trying to sue people for injuries sustained...e.g. hit leg on towing hitch, or slipped on grass!!

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 12th Nov 2008 at 03:46PM

Cait's Avatar Why not have a postbox on your gate?

Posted by: Cait on 12th Nov 2008 at 03:57PM

Lawyerlady's Avatar Yes unfortunately you can be sued if they injure themselves.One conniving ba....d tried to sue my nana after he trapped his finger in her letterbox and we later found that he had injured himself doing some DIY at home.We have solved this problem by having a friend make a large red box with POST painted on the front and as it has a lift up lid , nobody can injure themselves.We let the postman know that it is there and everybody is happy.Perhaps I should copyright them as several of our neighbours have now asked for them, they are great for parcels when you are out.

Posted by: Lawyerlady on 12th Nov 2008 at 04:51PM

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