Uh oh. Am I on a legal slippery slope?


Earlier today a famous brand company* delivered a box and as the driver got out of the truck, I went to the front door and told him to be careful, the flagstone had some ice on it and that it might behoove him to walk in the snow like I had earlier (see my footprints).

He hesitated, not sure what to make of my suggestion, looked at the walkway and decided he was okay walking on the stone. (In the photo I took just now, much of the ice melted – it was much worse this morning).

Yep, he slipped, down onto his knees, but still holding the box! 🙂 There’s commitment to his job!

I ran out, helped him up, asked him if he was okay. He said fine, no problem, fine fine. I kept asking are you sure you are okay, are you SURE?

He left, walking without problem. But in the back of my mind, I wondered if I should have asked him to sign something that he was really fine. I mean, what if he feels achy or in pain tonight. Or Monday, calls in sick. Am I on the hook?

I did suggest he walk in the snow to avoid any icy patches but no one recorded that comment.

I think I’m okay but I have heard of cases where someone who slips and falls at your house, it’s the homeowner’s insurance that gets tapped to pay any hospital bills.

What would you have done?

[*I opted not to say if it was FedEx or UPS feeling that was irrelevant and I didn’t want to get any driver in trouble if the company reads this]



9 thoughts on “Uh oh. Am I on a legal slippery slope?

  1. The first thing you should have done is moved to Florida last year, then you wouldn’t be having this icy problem.

  2. I would have done the same thing. You warned him. He didn’t pay attention. He slipped and you asked if he was ok. He said he was fine. The End.
    You could have insisted on calling an ambulance, invited him inside for a cup of tea, put a big bag of ice on his knee- and have him lose his job because of missed deliveries. So, you did the right thing.

    1. Good. I thought about calling someone, maybe not the ambulance but someone. I didn’t want to invite him in because it’s got to be against corporate protocol and I’m sure he would lose his job.

  3. For decades I’ve carried an umbrella policy for just such an incident after hearing about a neighbor getting sued by a delivery lizard who claimed he fell on a slightly uneven flagstone walkway.

    1. Yikes!!! Now that you mention it, I am pretty sure we have an umbrella policy too. I know for sure we HAD one when the swimming pool existed. I’ll have to ask Chubb. Thanks for the reminder.

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