I Slipped On Ice Can I Claim Compensation?
A Guide To Slipped On Ice Compensation Claims
The winter creates wet, icy and potentially dangerous conditions across the country. A question people often ask after slipping or falling over on ice is, “I slipped on ice, can I claim compensation”? After having a slip, trip and fall on the snow or ice, most of us get up, dust ourselves off and carry on with a few bruises and a bruised ego. However, sometimes you can be entitled to make a slipped on ice compensation claim. If someone else has been negligent, and if this negligence caused your accident and injuries, you could be entitled to make a claim. For instance, if there are no warning signs, or other measures taken to prevent the ice forming or trips taking place, another party may be responsible.
If you have slipped over on property maintained by the council or private property and they have not taken reasonable steps, you could be entitled show the council’s liability for slipping injuries on ice and snow. Everywhere from businesses to local authorities, hospitals, car parks, schools, supermarkets, workplaces, shopping centres and even stations have a duty of care to their users and staff. They are bound to keep walkways free from slip, trip and fall hazards. If this has not been done, they may have been negligent.
What Are The Causes Of Sipped On Ice Accidents?
Autumnal and winter weather conditions producing rain, sleet, snow and freezing temperatures are the main causes of ice forming on the pavements and other wall-ways. During the winter councils and authorities as well as private places have procedures in place to grit roads and walkways when certain weather conditions are prevailing. The government has some advice here for clearing snow and ice on your own property. As a council will not be able to grit every single pathway, pavement and road in their area, councils will often have a priority system for identifying which pavements to grit in the winter. These could be pavements where it is known that there will be a lot of foot fall, or where ice is known to form. You can use this tool from the government to find out which roads and pavements in your area will be gritted. If a pavement or road which should have been gritted has not been, you may be able to claim compensation. However, if the ice has only just formed when you slipped over, it may not be reasonable for the party responsible to have cleared the area of ice or snow. Talking to an experienced specialist legal solicitor will help to establish whether of you can make a slipped on ice compensation claim.
Ice Slip, Trip Or Fall Claims In A Public Place
The first thing to note is that it is not always to control conditions or predict the weather. However, it is possible to reduce the risks associated with bad weather and the cold of winter. The easiest way for any public space or private land to reduce the risks of slipping on ice is to keep paths, pavements and roads clear and gritted where possible. Depending on where the accident happened, different parties could be responsible for this. Slips, trips and falls on road and pavements are the responsibility of the council. They have a duty to keep them clear, as far as is reasonably practicable. Hospitals, shops and other public spaces are governed by similar rules which state that they must have taken reasonable care to keep people safe whilst on their premises. Again this includes clearing snow and ice. Any workplace also has a duty of care to ensure that employees are kept safe. If any of these can be shown not to have taken ‘reasonable’ steps to prevent ice forming or to have cleared pathways from snow and ice, you may be able to make an icy pavement slip claim.
A Guide To Making No Win No Fee Slipped On Ice Claims
Slipping over on ice can result in serious injuries, especially so for the elderly. Injuries can include back injuries and broken bones which will require serious and urgent medical attention. If you are seeking compensation after slipping on snow or ice, make sure you get a copy of your medical report with all your injuries noted. As there are lots of different reasons why you slipped and fell on the ice, it is also important to note the circumstances which led to your slipped on ice compensation claim. Note where, when and how the accident happened. This will all help your specialist legal solicitor to establish the defendant’s liability. Below is a guide to compensation amounts you may be entitled to claim.
|Chest Injuries||Moderate||Up to £3,000||Moderate injuries can include fractures of the soft tissues as well as the ribs|
|Neck Injuries||Severe||£50,000 - £99,500||Severe neck injuries can include serious disc fractures, leading to permanent disabilities.|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate||£19,000 - £29,250||Moderate neck injuries can include dislocated tendons.|
|Back Injuries||Severe||£29,475 - £53,000||Severe back injuries including fractured discs and some soft tissue damage.|
|Back Injuries||Moderate||£21,100 - £29,475||Moderate back injuries include a wide range of symptoms.|
|Leg Injuries||Serious||£13,650 - £21,100||Serious bone fractures and soft tissue damage.|
|Leg Injuries||Moderate||£6,925 - £10,700||Moderate and simpler leg injuries. Including fractures where there will be no lasting damage.|
|Knee Injuries||Serious||£53,000 - £73,125||Serious knee injuries such as disruption to the joint and the loss of some mobility in the knee joint.|
|Knee Injuries||Serious||£39,625 - £53,000||Serious fractures which extend through the knee joint itself. Symptoms include some form of permanent pain and/or discomfort.|
|Foot Injury||Mild||Up to £10,450||Mild foot injuries can include temporary damage which is recovered from. Injuries can be in one or both feet.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate||£10,450 to £19,000||Moderate injuries to one or both feet can include impaired function which may or may not be permanent.|
|Foot Injury||Severe||£31,900 to £53,200||The most severe foot injuries can include injuries up to the complete amputation of one or both feet.|
At Legal Expert, we can help you get compensation for slips on ice through our no win, no fee service. This a contract between a solicitor and a claimant which sets out what the solicitor will do, and what their eventual fee will be, as well as how this will be paid. It will guarantee that you won’t have to make upfront or ongoing payments. This means that whatever your slip and fall on ice settlement amounts to, you won’t have been left out of pocket. Our agreement will also set out how our fee will be recovered at part of your compensation claim.
How Can Legal Expert Help You?
At Legal Expert, our specialist personal injury legal solicitors can help you claim the compensation you deserve. You can contact us today by calling 0800 073 8804. You can also reach us via our contact form or chat feature on the page. Alternatively, detail your case in an email to us and we will be in touch. To claim the compensation you are entitled to, start your claim with the specialists at Legal Expert today.
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