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I Slipped On Ice – Can I Claim Compensation?

By Cat Way. Last Updated 14th March 2024. In this guide, we explain the requirements and steps to follow if you’re looking to claim slipped on ice compensation. 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”? If you were injured in this type of accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a slipped on ice compensation claim.

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. Those in charge of places such as hospitals, car parks, schools, supermarkets, workplaces and shopping centres owe 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.

For information about your rights and how you could be able to make a claim, please read on. Alternatively, why not get in touch with Legal Expert today to see how we could help? If it seems like you may hace a valid claim, they could connect you with a personal injury lawyer.

You can contact us today by calling 0800 073 8804. You can also reach us via our contact page or chat feature on this page. Alternatively, you can detail your case in an email to us and we will be in touch.

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  1. I Slipped On Ice, Can I Claim?
  2. Average Payouts For Slipping On Ice
  3. Top Tips On Proving Claims After Slipping On Ice
  4. Make A No Win No Fee Claim
  5. Useful Links

I Slipped On Ice, Can I Claim?

If you suffered an injury, such as broken bones, when you slipped on ice, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for slipped on ice compensation. However, the personal injury claims eligibility criteria will need to be met. This is:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached.
  • You slipped on ice and injured yourself as a result of this breach.

While out in public spaces, you are owed a duty of care by the party in control of this space. This duty is set out within the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Per their duty of care, they must take all necessary steps and precautions to help ensure your reasonable safety while you are using that public space for its intended purpose. While using a public footpath, you could be owed this duty by a local authority or council.

Some examples of how they could maintain their duty of care could include gritting public roads and footpaths, and making extremely icy areas inaccessible to the public if they present an unavoidable risk.

To see whether you may have a valid personal injury claim is you slipped on ice, you can contact our advisors. They could also help answer any questions you may have about the ice injury claims process.

I Slipped On Ice – What Are The Claim Time Limits?

When making a slipped on ice claim, as well as satisfying the eligibility criteria, you would also need to ensure that you start your claim within the relevant limitation period. The Limitation Act 1980 sets out the personal injury claim limitation period for public place accidents. According to this Act, generally, a claimant has 3 years in which to initiate court proceedings for a personal injury claim. That said, the Act also stipulates exceptions, which we will look at below:

Minors, those under the age of 18, are not legally allowed to make a personal injury claim until they reach the age of 18. Once 18 they will have 3 years in which to start their compensation claim. The time limit will finish on the date of their 21st birthday. While they are a minor, a litigation friend, who is generally an adult who has the claimant’s best interests, can be appointed by the court to act on their behalf.

For those who have reduced mental capacity, the time limit is indefinitely paused as they cannot pursue their own claim. Again, a litigation friend can be appointed to act on their behalf. If they regain the mental capacity to pursue their own claim and a litigation friend did not make one on their behalf the 3 year time limit will begin for them.

To find out if you are within the personal injury claim time limit, please call, and our advisors will assess your case free of charge.

Average Payouts For Slipping On Ice

If your slipped on ice public place accident claim is successful, you will receive a settlement. This settlement can potentially include up to two types of damages. General damages is guaranteed in a successful compensation claim as compensation is awarded under this head of claim to cover the injury caused by the slipping on ice accident. The second type of damages is known as special damages, and we discuss this in more detail in the following section, but, generally, compensation is awarded under this head to cover financial losses caused by the injury.

As part of the claiming process you may need to attend an independent medical assessment where a practitioner can assess your injury. They can then provide a medical report that details your injury, treatment that may be needed going forward and, importantly, your prognosis. Those who value your injury will use this report alongside the guidelines produced by the Judicial College (JCG). Within this publication, there are many different types of injuries and illnesses of varying severities aligned with guidance compensation brackets that have been compiled from past successful court cases.

Below, you can find some examples of compensation brackets for injuries that you could sustain if you slipped on ice, but please note that these are guidelines only. The first entry has also not been taken from the JCG.

Injury Severity Notes Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages Serious/Severe Several serious injuries as well as their financial losses such as a loss of earnings, prescription fees and care costs. Up to £250,000+
Back Injuries Severe (i) Severe back injuries that involve damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord and result in very serious consequences. £91,090 to £160,980
Back Injuries Moderate (Ii) The muscles and ligaments in the back have been disturbed which causes backache. £12,510 to £27,760
Knee Injuries Severe (i) Serious knee injuries such as disruption to the joint and the loss of some mobility in the knee joint. £69,730 to £96,210
Knee Injuries Severe (ii) Serious leg fractures which extend into the knee joint. Symptoms include some form of permanent pain and/or discomfort. £52,120 to £69,730
Leg Injuries Serious (iii) Serious comminuted or compound fractures or injuries to the ligaments/joints that require pro-longed treatment. £39,200 to £54,830
Leg Injuries Moderate (iv) Multiple or complicated fractures, or crush injuries to one leg. Various factors such as the extent of treatment required will affect how much is awarded. £27,760 to £39,200
Wrist Injuries Significant A wrist injury that results in a significant disability that is permanent, however, some useful wrist movement remains. £24,500 to £39,170
Wrist Injuries Minor An uncomplicated Colles’ fracture. In the region of £7,430
Shoulder Injuries Serious A dislocated shoulder with a damaged brachial plexus that causes pain in the neck and shoulder. £12,770 to £19,200
Shoulder Injuries Moderate Limited shoulder movement due to a frozen shoulder. This will cause discomfort, with symptoms lasting for around 2 years. £7,890 to £12,770

Special damages is the head of your claim aimed towards your finances. Under this heading, you can claim back the financial losses you suffer as a result of your injuries. For example, if you need to take time off work to recover from a broken bone, this could result in lost earnings. Special damages could potentially help you recoup these losses, along with the cost of:

  • Travel
  • Childcare
  • Housekeeping
  • Medications
  • Mobility aids

Contact our team of advisors today to learn more about claiming slipped on ice compensation.

Man who has slipped and fell due to ice.

Top Tips On Proving Claims After Slipping On Ice

If you have slipped on ice and seek to make a personal injury claim, you’ll need to prove that your injuries were caused by someone breaching their duty of care to you. This is why gathering as much sufficient evidence as possible could help with proving who was liable for your fall on ice and the injuries you suffered.

Evidence that you might consider gathering to help support your claim includes:

  • Medical records –this could state the type of injury you suffered after slipping on ice.
  • CCTV footage of the accident.
  • Other photographs or videos of the accident.
  • The contact details of any witnesses – this is so a personal injury solicitor, or another legal professional, can collect a statement from them at a later date.

Additionally, one of our experienced solicitors could help you with gathering evidence for your claim.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our advisors if you have any questions about making a personal injury claim following a slip on ice. They could also put you in contact with one of our solicitors, who could help you with claiming personal injury compensation.

Make A No Win No Fee Claim

If you suffer an injury in a fall on ice due to negligence, you may wish to seek compensation. You could make your slipped on ice compensation claim with the support of a No Win No Fee lawyer. They could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA is a type of No Win No Fee funding arrangement used in personal injury claims.

This means your solicitor will typically not ask you for an upfront solicitors fee. A success fee will be deducted if your fall on ice claim succeeds. This is taken from your award and is subject to a legal cap. However, should your slipped on ice compensation claim not result in success, then you won’t be required to pay your solicitor.

Our advisors can discuss the potential of your fall on ice claim. If it seems like your slipped on ice claim has a good chance of success, then you could be connected to an experienced personal injury solicitor of ours. To receive free legal advice today, you can:

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Useful Links

  • HSE Guidance On Winter Weather: This section of the Health and Safety Executive website includes guidance on keeping work environments safe from potential hazards created by winter weather.
  • Met Office – The Snow Code: Check out this guide on the Met Office website for tips on clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your house or a public space you’re responsible for.
  • How To Complain About Your Local Council: If you are looking to make a complaint against your council, then this section of the UK Government website can provide support and guidance.
  • A Guide To Snow And Ice Slips And Falls: Find out how much your slipped and fell on ice compensation claim could be worth with our guide to snow and ice slip claims.
  • Slip Trip Claim Compensation: Use our slip and fall compensation calculator to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
  • Forklift Truck Accident Claims: See this guide on claiming compensation following a forklift truck accident.

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