By Marlon Fawkes. Last Updated 8th February 2024. In this guide, we explain how to claim compensation for injuries caused by a slip, trip or fall on ice or snow if it was caused by another party’s negligence.
Wintery weather conditions in the UK can be dangerous. When snow and ice form, there is a severe risk of slips, trips and falls. Business owners and local authorities are expected to take reasonable steps with regard to avoiding slips, trips and falls on ice, including using a risk assessment for snow and ice to help you stay safe and reduce the risk of injury. You may be advised to walk slowly, take small steps, and wear appropriate footwear. However, if someone owes you a duty of care and they fail to fulfil this, this could result in an injury.
If you have been injured when you slipped and fell on ice, and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for a slip and trip.
This is something we can help you to secure with the help of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors. Read on to discover more about making a claim for slip and trip accidents in icy conditions. You can also call us on 0800 073 8801 if you have any questions.
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- Slip and Trip Claims – How To Start Your Claim After A Fall On Ice
- Common Injuries Caused By A Slip, Trip, Or Fall On Snow And Ice
- Compensation For A Slip, Trip, or Fall On Ice and Snow
- Could I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Slip, Trip or Fall On Snow And Ice?
- More Information On Claims For A Slip, Trip, Or Fall On Snow And Ice
You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you can demonstrate that:
- You were in an environment where you were owed a duty of care
- A breach of this duty occurred
- You suffered an injury because of this breach
A duty of care means a responsibility that a party has towards the safety and well-being of others. Your employer owes a duty of care to you. A duty of care also applies to those managing public areas, both indoor like restaurants and bars and outdoor spaces, such as parks and roads owned by the local authority. These duties are outlined in various health and safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) and the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA).
For example, if you work in an office building, your employer may be responsible for using rock salt when freezing temperatures are predicted to help prevent slips and falls. Similarly, they may undertake a risk assessment to ensure it is safe for the area to remain open, and provide guidance to help reduce the risk of injuries.
Our advisers can provide you with more guidance on slip and trip claims and how to establish that you are eligible to make a claim.
How Long Do I Have To Claim If I Was Injured After I Slipped On Ice?
If you have slipped on ice at work or in a public place, you typically have up to three years from the date that the accident occurred to start a claim.
This limitation period is set out in the Limitation Act 1980. However, there can be exceptions to this in some cases.
For example, if someone under the age of 18 is injured after they slipped on ice due to negligence, the time limit is suspended until they turn 18 and can make a claim on their own behalf. However, during this suspended period, a litigation friend could potentially claim for them.
Similarly, the time period is frozen for adults with limited mental capacity, and a litigation friend can claim on their behalf at any point until, or if, they recover.
However, after you have slipped on the ice, we would advise getting in contact with our team as soon as possible. Our advisors are able to offer you a free no obligation consultation.
Additionally, our advisors can explain what steps you might consider taking after you have slipped on ice, or who could be liable for a slip and fall on ice and work. If our advisors think you could be eligible to claim, you may also be connected to our specialist solicitors to help you claim personal injury compensation.
A slip, trip or fall on snow and ice can result in a number of injuries. However, as we’ve already mentioned, you must be able to prove that your slip was caused by another party breaching their duty of care in order to make a claim.
Some examples of injuries that you could potentially make a personal injury claim for include:
- Head injuries: Slips and falls on ice and snow can cause you to fall and hit your head. Head injuries can include concussions, skull fractures, bruises, and brain damage.
- Broken bones: Slips trips and falls caused by ice or snow can also lead to broken bones. Falling on a hard surface or down stairs could result in a broken leg, or landing on your arm could cause a broken wrist.
- Sprains and soft tissue injuries: Ice or snow can also cause sprains and soft tissue injuries. For example, slippery floors could cause you to twist your knee, damaging the soft tissue there.
These are just a few examples of injuries that snow, ice, and winter weather could contribute. If another party breached their duty of care towards you and this lead to slips and falls on ice or snow, contact our team today. Or, read on to find out more about the slips trips and falls claims process.
We often get phone calls regarding slip and fall on ice settlement amounts, which we are only too happy to assist with. Regarding this matter, it is vital to know that all cases are handled on an individual basis. This is because slip and fall on ice injuries differ dramatically. Plus, there are other circumstances involved, including the physiological impact and any time spent off work. As such, giving an accurate compensation figure is never possible. What we can do, though, is enlighten you to the typical payout amounts for some of the most common injuries that are suffered when someone has fallen, tripped or slipped on an icy pavement.
|The type of injury sustained due to a slip trip or fall on snow and ice
|Extra information about the injury
|Typical payout amount
|Multiple Severe Injuries And Special Damages
|Multiple severe injuries combined with severe financial losses, which may include lost earnings and pension contributions.
|Up to £200,000+
|Severe neck injuries
|This could be anything from a severe fracture or soft tissue injury to spastic quadriparesis or incomplete paraplegia.
|This could be anything from £45,470 - £148,330
|Moderate neck injuries
|Moderate (ii). This includes injuries that have been made worse due to the fall, as well as dislocations and fractures.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Moderate neck injuries
|Moderate (iii). The impact the injury is having on your life, as well as any pain medication that is needed, are taken into account.
|£7,890 to £13,740
|Severe leg injuries. This award is for those that just fall short of amputation.
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Less serious leg injuries. Less debilitating leg injuries, for example, a simple fracture with a quick recovery in a few months.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Injuries to the pelvis and hips
|Moderate (i) where there isn't permanent disability and risks for the future aren't great
|£26,590 to £39,170
|Injuries and fractures to the rib
|Although there is severe disability and pain, a full recovery should be made within a matter of weeks.
|Up to £3,950
|(A) Severely disabling
|£39,170 to £54,830
|How permanent the injury is and any symptoms will be considered when determining the award.
|£5,150 to £12,240
If you are worried because you cannot find your slip and fall ice injuries in the table above, don’t be. The table merely contains a handful of examples. You can claim for any type of injury you have sustained. For more information about the payout you could get, just give our team a call.
I Slipped On Ice – What Else Could I Claim For My Injuries?
Someone slipping on ice could suffer more than just physical pain. They could also suffer psychological injury due to the accident. Both the physical and mental injuries caused by such an incident can be compensated for under the general damages head of claim.
However, it could also be possible for claimants to receive special damages in slips on ice claims payouts. They are designed to compensate successful claimants for the out-of-pocket expenses caused by their accident and injuries.
Special damages could include travel expenses, to get to medical appointments or to meet with a lawyer, for example. They could also include medical expenses. If someone was badly injured and needed care at home, such costs could also be included in a claim.
Our solicitors are here to help if you are eligible to claim following a slip or trip in icy conditions. Our solicitors work under a kind of No Win No fee contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). You usually won’t be asked to pay your solicitor any upfront fees for their work under a CFA, nor will you be asked to pay for their work if your claim fails.
If the claim succeeds, your solicitor will take a success fee. This is a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation. The legal cap helps to make sure that you keep the larger share of what you receive.
Working with a solicitor on claims for slip and trip accidents in winter weather can be very beneficial. This is because an expert solicitor can help you negotiate a settlement award, and gather evidence to prove liability in your claim.
If you’d like to learn more about claims for slip and trip accidents, contact our team of advisors today. They can evaluate your claim for free, and potentially connect you with a solicitor from our team. To get started:
- Accident at Work Claims Find out more
- Council And Local Authority Claims
- An Accident in public place compensation claims – Find out if you are eligible to claim
- Slips and trips in adverse weather – HSE
- Council Gritting Information
- NHS story on preventing slips in winter
- Learn how to sue a company and get more information through our helpful guide.
We hope reading our guide on claiming compensation for slipping on ice has been helpful. You can speak to our advisors about claiming for injuries after falling on ice using the contact details found within this guide.