Snow / Ice slip, trip fall accident – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
Many people assume that if they slip, fall or trip on ice or because of snowy weather that there is nothing they can do about it – especially as it is down to the weather. However, that is not necessarily true. If someone’s negligence has resulted in their being no warning signs, or they haven’t taken action to reduce the risk by laying down salt or grit, for example, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Here, we reveal all you need to know about compensation claims for snow and ice trip accidents, including how to go about making a claim, how much compensation you might receive, as well as statistics on these types of accidents.
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- A Guide to Accident Claims for Snow and Ice Slip Accidents
- What is an ice slip accident?
- Common places you could slip on ice or snow
- What to do if you are involved in a snow or ice slip accident causing injury
- How to begin an ice slip injury claim
- Snow or ice trip accident at work claims
- Ice slip trip or fall claims
- Snow or ice slip trip in a public place claims
- What amount of ice or snow are the local authority expected to grit?
- Can I claim compensation for a fall on ice?
- What can be claimed for after an ice slip accident causing injury?
- The most common types of snow or ice slip injuries
- How much compensation will I get after an ice slip accident causing injury?
- No Win No Fee ice slip injury claims
- Why choose us as your claims service for an ice slip injury claim?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim
Despite most of us being used to the British winters, there are still a startling number of accidents that are caused by the colder weather. In particular, snow or ice slips and falls. These accidents can cause a range of injuries, from bumps and bruises to broken bones and beyond, and while some people chalk them up to just bad luck, it’s important to understand that if your accident is due to the negligent conduct of another business or individual, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. This guide takes you through the details of snow and ice slips, trips and falls, the most common injuries sustained as a result of these incidents, and how to go about making a claim. We also include a handy slip and fall compensation calculator table that illustrates the award levels for common injuries caused by these types of accident.
Simply put, an ice slip accident is any accident that is caused by a slip on ice, whether it is at work, at the shops or in a car park. Snow can also be slippy in winter, particularly if it is impacted, and if there is nothing to warn you of the issue, or no other alternative that to try and get around any snow or ice, this increases the likelihood of a slip injury occurring. If you were to fall on your own property, you would normally put measures in place to stop it happening again. However, businesses and local authorities have a duty of care to anyone using their property and this extends to keeping walkways free of slip, trip and fall risks, or at the very least signposting them clearly. In the case of ice or snow. If this is not done, they may be found to have been negligent towards their customers and other users of the premises.
Wherever ice and snow collect, it is possible for there to be a slip hazard. In addition to this, where sleet has fallen, there is also likely to be some risk. Some of the most common places for ice slip, trip and fall accidents are listed below:
- Within hospital grounds
- Within school grounds
- At some private properties
- In a supermarket, or supermarket car park
- In a retail or commercial car park
- In a public car park
- At your place of work
- In a shopping centre
- At a retail park
- At a bus or train station
Wherever your snow or ice fall has occurred, we can advise you whether you can make a claim and how.
If you have been involved in a snow or ice slip, trip or fall, then it is important to try and get as much evidence as possible, in order to support any claim for compensation. This may include the following:
Take photographs – If possible, you need to take (or have someone else take) photographs of any injuries you may have sustained, as well as of the place your ice slip accident took place.
Take notes of what happened – it is important that you do so while the accident is fresh in your mind so that you don’t forget anything later. If you are unable to write due to your injuries, it might be a good idea to ask someone to help you.
Take contact details for witnesses – If anyone witnessed your ice slip and fall accident, then it is important that you obtain contact details from them, which should include their phone number, full name and address if possible. They may be able to provide a witness statement to support your claim.
Keep evidence of expenses – If you have had to pay out of pocket for items such as prescriptions, physiotherapy, travel costs, medical expenses, or loss of income, then you should try and keep any documents or receipts pertaining to these. You will be able to use this evidence of costs incurred to support your claim.
If you are looking to begin an ice slip injury claim, then one call to us will start your claim, simply and easily. We will handle everything for you from the initial enquiry, talking you through the process carefully so that you thoroughly understand what is likely to happen and what will be expected from you. Initially, we will arrange a free consultation at a time to suit you, where we will find out from you all the facts surrounding your case, and from here we will be able to ascertain how strong a case you have, and advise you accordingly. We may then arrange a medical so that we can obtain a professional report documenting your injuries and your prognosis for recovery. There will be nothing to pay at this point, as we work on a No Win No Fee basis, which we explain later on in this guide.
Your employer has a duty of care to minimise risks to your health and safety while you are going about your day to day work. Whether you work outside or in an office, there will be risks to working or going into work when the snow or ice hits. If your employer has not taken steps to reduce the risk of an ice trip accident, then they could be seen as negligent, and this may open up a case for you to seek compensation. Many people feel worried about making a claim against an employer, but they have insurance in place to cover this, and are duty bound to be professional throughout and after your claim has been settled. We have years of experience in handling claims against employers and can talk you through the process and your rights so that you fully understand the process.
Ice slip trip or fall claims are common where it has been proven that a business owner has failed to take reasonable steps to protect people using the premises from risk caused by ice or snow. Reasonable steps include gritting the area when snow or ice has been heavily forecast, or ensuring there is adequate signage displaying the risk. Another step that a business could take is to ensure that there is an alternative route where paths are too slippy to use.
Where a slip or fall on snow or ice has occurred in a public place, you may be able to claim compensation if the local authority has been proven not to have taken reasonable steps to reduce the risk of slips and falls. However, the Highways Act 1980s states that this action should be taken ‘as far as is reasonably practical’ which means that Local Authorities cannot always be held responsible for every inch of road and pathway within their local area.
When it comes to gritting every path or roadway in the local area, budget and logistical restrictions are obvious, and this makes it ‘not reasonably practical’ for a Local Authority to do so. Instead, a Local Authority must assess the area carefully in order to determine which areas are accessed by the largest volume of road and pavement users, and grit as appropriate. High risk areas, such as around local hospitals and schools are a priority, so claims for slips on ice in these areas are more likely to be successful than on small, out of the way, residential streets. However, our team will be able to give you a better idea of whether the Local Authority could be held responsible for your specific location.
If you have had a fall on ice and would like to know if you can claim compensation for that fall, then it is essential to take advice before attempting to make a claim. Our professional experienced team can take all of the details to determine whether you have a case for compensation, taking into account who may have been responsible for your fall, the injuries you have sustained and whether the incident occurred within the last three years. If, however, you were under the age of 18 when the incident occurred, the three years’ limitation begins on your 18th birthday.
Injuries that happen due to ice or snow slip accidents and falls are varied, but there are certain damages that should apply to most claims. Below, we explain the main categories of damages that can be awarded in most personal injury claims due to ice slips and falls.
- Medical Expenses – If you have incurred medical expenses because of your injuries, you could be awarded compensation to cover these costs
- Travel Expenses – If you have had to travel to appointments, then these costs could be reimbursed to you as part of your claim
- Loss of Earnings – Both immediate and long term loss of earnings could be covered by a compensation award
- Care Costs – If you required care by someone else, whether around the home or performing normal day to day duties, your carer could submit a care claim.
- General Damages –Compensation for the suffering and pain you have experienced could also form part of your compensation award
There are numerous injuries that can occur should an ice or snow fall accident occur, and these range from minor sprains and strains to more serious breaks and head injuries. Some of the most common winter slip trip and fall injuries include:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injury
- Wrist sprains
- Ankle strains or sprains
- Hip fractures and pain
- Elbow dislocation or fracture
- Head injuries
Whether you have suffered one of the more common injuries associated with an ice slip injury or something completely different, you may have a claim for compensation, especially if your injury has made it impossible to carry out your usual day to day activities.
Whilst the amount awarded will be calculated based on your own unique injuries and circumstances, we know that many people would like to know the average compensation for slip and fall injuries. With this in mind, we have put together an ice fall compensation calculator table to give you a general idea of what can be claimed for and how much these award levels can reach. We will work hard to determine the extent of your injuries and to get you the maximum level of compensation possible. Whether it is a simple slip on ice, or a more complicated snow or ice slip trip or fall injury, our ice slip and fall compensation calculator table below should give you some idea of the possible award amounts you could receive from a successful claim.
If your injury does not appear in the table below, or you would like further clarification on the table or any slip and fall on ice settlement amounts, then do not hesitate to call one of our friendly and helpful advisors, who will talk you through slip and fall compensation amounts or anything else you are unclear on.
|Reason for compensation||Typical compensation amount||Comments|
|Pain and suffering||£1,000 - £200,000||The amount of suffering and pain it is deemed you have suffered from.|
|Mental anguish||£3,550||If you feared for your life or suffered an expectation that your life would end, you may be able to claim for mental anguish.|
|Fractures/Injuries to the rib||Up to £3,000||Often lasting just a few weeks, fractures of the rib or soft tissue injuries that cause severe pain and disability.|
|Severe neck injuries||£42,550 - £112,750||For the lower award amounts, you would expect to have soft tissue injury, dislocations or fractures. Higher awards are given for those unfortunate enough to be left with incomplete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis that is permanent.|
|Moderate neck injuries||£6,000 - £19,000||At the top end of this bracket are injuries including fractures and dislocations that severely impact the injured party immediately. At the lower point, already present injuries may have been made worse.|
|Neck injuries (minor)||A few hundred pounds - £6,000||The award should take into account whether pain medication is required, the intensity and severity of the pain and how the injury impacts day to day activities.|
|Benefit Loss||£5,000 - £500,000||While you have been in recover from your injury, you may not have been able to work. It may be possible for you to cover the income lost due to this.|
|Anticipated earning loss||£10,000 - £400,000||If you cannot work for an extended period, or if you are unable to return to work at all, your future loss of earnings can be claimed for. Calculations take into account your current pay level, and prospects for pay rises/promotions.|
|Clavicle Fracture||£3,000 - £9,300||The amount awarded is calculated taking into account the permanency of the injury, the fracture severity, any residual symptoms and the level to which the injured party is disabled.|
|Fracture of the forearm (Simple)||£5,000 - £14,600|
|Wrist fracture (Minor)||£2,675 - £3,600||This is for hardly displaced or very slightly displaced fractures.|
|Leg injuries (Severe)||£21,100 - £103,250||Maximum award covers serious leg injuries which do not quite require amputation. At the lower end, crushing injuries (severe) or complicate or multiple fractures.|
|Less debilitating leg injuries||Up to £29,800||Simple fracture where recovery is possible within a few months.|
|Minor injuries – Injured party recovers within 3 months||£1,050 - £1,860|
|Minor injuries – Injured party recovers before 28 days||£525 - £1,050|
|Minor injuries –Injured party recovers before 7 days||A few hundred pounds - £525|
We believe that no one should be made to suffer unnecessarily due to another’s negligence, and this is one reason our solicitors operate a No Win No Fee policy for snow or ice slip trip or falls compensation claims, as well as many other personal injury claims. No Win No Fee claims mean you won’t have to pay legal fees to us unless your compensation claim is deemed to be successful. This is not just something that benefits you in terms of not having to pay out legal fees immediately when you begin a case, but it also means you can rest assured we are going to dedicate time and energy to your case in order to make sure it is successful and that we secure you the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. If your case is not successful, you will not be landed with a hefty bill for legal fees. No Win No Fee means if we don’t get you compensation, there is nothing for you to pay.
The No Win No Fee policy also means that you can be confident we won’t take your case on just to get paid. We are dedicated to providing an honest and open service, and if we think your case is not strong enough to secure you a compensation award, we will inform you of this, meaning your time will not be wasted pursuing a claim that will not lead to an award.
Aside from the fact that we work on a No Win No Fee Basis, we believe there are several reasons to choose us as your claims service. The most important reason would be our outstanding level of customer care. Every member of our team is hand-picked for their ability to handle your case with the upmost of care. We are committed to providing a service that not only helps to secure you the compensation you deserve for your injuries after an ice slip accident, but also one that understands what you’re going through and treats you with respect, sensitivity and complete confidentiality.
On top of this, our years of experience and thousands of successful claims for compensation for cases just like yours serves as proof that we don’t promise you something we can’t deliver.
Wherever and however you have obtained an injury caused by a fall, trip or slip on ice or slow, our professional team will be happy to advise you. Simply call 0800 073 8804, and we will talk you through the process of making a claim, outlining the procedure fully so you know what to expect, and will work to secure you the maximum award possible for the injury/injuries you have suffered as a result of your slip, trip or fall on ice or snow. We will deal with your claim with honesty, sensitivity, and complete confidentiality in order to make the process as stress-free as possible, and with our No Win No Fee service, you won’t have to pay out a single penny unless your claim is successful. If you’re ready to make a claim for compensation for an ice or snow slip injury, then we’re ready to help.
The Health and Safety Executive provide a guide as to what to consider in order to avoid slips and trips in bad weather.
The Met Office has provided a guide to clearing your home in bad weather to avoid accidents and injury.
Nidirect offers advice to avoid slips, trips and falls in icy conditions, with action points that may help you to stay safe in winter.
If your ice or snow accident has happened on the road, then our guide on ice or snow accident claims should give you some guidance on what to do next.
If you have suffered injuries due to trip or slip when it is not snowy or icy, then our guide on compensation for slip trip claims offers some advice on what you can do about it.