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Can I Claim Compensation For Slipping On Ice At Work? – How To Guide

If you’ve been injured at work in the winter months when frost or ice has settled you may think that it’s simply been caused by the changing of the seasons and is ‘just one of those things’ but it certainly shouldn’t be.  You may not be aware that all employers are supposed to put systems in place to make sure work is a safe place to be and that includes managing the risk of slipping on ice at work.

If an employer fails to protect its employees when icy conditions are prevalent then it could be held liable for any injuries suffered. If you’ve been injured by a slip or fall in icy conditions at work and would like to make a no win no fee personal injury claim, then please call our expert team today on 0800 073 8804.

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A guide to compensation claims for slipping on ice at work

All employers have to protect their staff from risks at work and believe it or not this includes preventing them from slipping on ice at work wherever possible. There are times when it’s impossible to predict or prevent the ice but in other instances, where the employer could’ve done more to prevent an accident then we can help you to make a personal injury claim for a slip and fall on ice at work.

Slipping on ice at work

Slipping on ice at work

Legal Expert are a personal injury solicitor who’ve dealt with many similar claims over many years and know what constitutes a good claim so can advise you quickly if we think your case has a chance of being successful or not and we’ll be open and honest about your chances right from the start.

This guide is going to cover the types of accidents that can happen, the types of injuries, the steps an employer can take to reduce the chance of an accident, how to make a personal injury claim, the time limits involved in any claim and what you should do in the event that you are involved in an accident.

We will try to give you enough information to help you decide whether you want to make a claim for an accident that you’ve been involved in but if you’ve still got questions after reading the whole guide then please give us a call as we’ll be more than happy to discuss your accident with you as part of a free, no obligation, consultation.

What duty of care does an employer have to prevent buildups of ice on their property?

As with most building owners, an employer has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for work to take place. This means that they should risk assess the building and its surroundings, mitigate any risks by making changes where possible, prepare health and safety procedures and ensure all staff are aware of the procedures. They should also provide safety equipment if this is the best way to reduce the risk to employees.

With regards to icy conditions the company’s policy should involve proactive assessment of the weather conditions, reacting to poor weather forecasts with treatment of popular routes around the site (or sites) that employees may take, and warning staff of the dangers posed (including directing them to use other routes if one particular route has become more dangerous than others).

It may be prudent, when extremely bad weather conditions are forecast (such as red weather warning for ice from the MET office) to allow staff to return home from work early to avoid travelling in the adverse conditions.

If you’ve been injured when slipping on ice at work and you believe your employer has failed in its duty of care to protect you and colleagues, then please make contact with our fully trained team of specialist personal injury advisors.

Steps employers can take to prevent accidents caused by ice

You may think that icy, frost and snow are just weather conditions that your employer doesn’t have control over but there are steps they can take to prevent accidents and injuries caused by slipping on ice at work which include:

  • Identifying the most popular routes used by staff on a daily basis.
  • Gritting, salting or shovelling those areas in icy conditions.
  • Directing staff to using less icy and safer walkways where possible.

These acts form part of the company’s duty of care to its staff, contractors and visitors and if no action is taken then the company could be held responsible for any injuries caused by the weather conditions. If you believe that your company hasn’t trained you properly or hadn’t take actions to prevent your accident then try to gather evidence of this (such as photographing the scene of the accident to show it wasn’t gritted or that there were no warning signs) as any supporting evidence can help the chances of success of any claim.

Slipping on external property owned by your employer

If you work for a company that has a large amount of land or buildings, then the duty of care they have covers most of the places you are likely to travel to in and between your own normal place of work. The company should take reasonable steps to protect staff and this can include risk assessments, providing safety equipment or clothing and placing warnings in particularly dangerous areas as well as gritting and salting in both preventative and reactive situations.

The company is responsible for any property that they own that you could reasonably be expected to be working at and must take reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries from happening.

Health and safety concerns related to icy conditions

There are steps that employers can take to mitigate the risk of icy conditions for their employees which, if they have failed to do, may make you eligible to claim for slipping on ice. The types of things that they can do are:

Lighting

In winter months it may be more difficult to see trip hazards that would normally be easy to see so employers should try and provide additional lighting and ensure that light bulbs are working correctly in areas that are most at risk.

Rain water causing icy buildups

The employer should ensure that enough drainage and other methods are in place to reduce the risk of water build up following rain as, when the temperature drops, it can lead to icy conditions and become a slip hazard.

Steps to reduce ice, frost, or snow

Employers should have procedures in place to prevent and deal with snow, frost and ice which includes monitoring the weather forecast, salting or gritting common walkways around the company’s buildings, make it clear to staff, by way of warning signs, of slippery conditions.

If any of these steps are ignored, then it is possible that the employer has been negligent and a claim for slipping on ice at work could be sought by the employee using our no win no fee service

Common injuries caused by slipping on ice at work

There are some common types of injuries that occur when slipping on ice at work, some of which can lead to long recovery times and serious injuries such as:

  • Head injuries: These can be very serious but with no outward sign on display so if you bang your head hard in the fall then you should seek medical advice immediately.
  • Back injuries: Can be very serious or can lead to months of pain.
  • Elbow fractures and broken arms: A simple fracture can be put right fairly quickly but if you are unlucky and have a complex multiple fracture you may require many surgeries and pinning to try and resolve the issue.
  • Sprains and strains: These aren’t always obvious immediately after fall and may present themselves a few days after the accident.
  • Broken legs: These are fairly common with slips and trips of any kind and can cause you to in recovery for longer than a broken arm because of the lack of mobility.
  • Broken ribs: Generally, there is nothing that can be done to fix a broken rib other than to manage the pain with strong painkillers.

These are just some of the common injuries that can occur so don’t worry if the injury you suffered isn’t listed, we can still help you to make a personal injury claim against your employer if you believe they were negligent and caused your accident in any way.

How to start a slip and fall on ice settlement claim?

When asked the question ‘Can you claim for slipping on ice?’ we always tell clients that if there is evidence to prove that somebody else was to blame then the answer is yes. We know that at the time of an accident your first thought isn’t necessarily going to be about making a claim but if you have the wherewithal to there are a number of steps that can help to make a claim more successful:

  • Photograph the scene of the accident and also photograph your injuries as evidence of the accident and the damage it caused.
  • Try to gather any statements from witnesses who saw your accident happen and ensure you have their contact details.
  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and if necessary, call the emergency services if you’re unable to make your own way to A&E. Any medical records from the assessment can be used in the evidence to support your claim.
  • Report the accident to your employer
  • Ensure you keep any receipts or bills for any expenses incurred because of the accident.

All of this, together with your own statement, can be used to support your claim. It may be worth writing down what actually happened as soon as you can in case you forget some of the details later on.

What damages can you claim for after slipping on ice at work?

If you slipped on an icy pavement or had a similar accident you may be wondering what you can include in your personal injury claim. As your personal injury solicitor, we gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim as there are a number of elements to any claim that can be included:

  • General damages: This is usually the main element of a claim for slipping on ice at work as it covers the actual injury and the pain and suffering caused by it. We’ve included a table of amounts available under general damages in the next section and it shows that each type of injury is listed with a range of compensation available based on how severe the injury is.
  • Medical costs: If you’ve got to attend medical appointments while recovering from your fall then you can claim back any costs including travel and prescription costs.
  • Damaged personal property: Sometimes, when slipping on ice in a car park or landing on another hard surface, items that you’re carrying can be damaged as well as items of clothing. The cost of replacing or repairing these items can be included in the total claim.
  • Loss of earnings: If you’re unable to return to work for a period after your injury and your employer doesn’t pay your full salary while you’re off then you can claim for loss of earnings. In extreme circumstances where a claimant can no longer work at all or has to change jobs because they can no longer carry out their duties we can look to claim for potential future lost earnings.
  • Care costs: Some claimants will need support following an accident like slipping on ice at work because carrying out day to day tasks is too painful. If that happens, we can add any associated costs to your claim.

We have to ensure to gather all of this information before submitting any claim as, once a claim has been settled, we can’t go back to the employer and ask for more compensation. Therefore, we always take our time to fully understand how the accident and injury has really affected you.

It is worth remembering that for any personal injury claim, including slipping on ice at work, that there is a strict 3 year time limit for all claims. This begins from the moment the accident happened or, if your injuries aren’t obvious and diagnosed by a doctor at a later date, then the 3 years begins from the date you became aware of the injury.

Examples of how much you could claim for injuries caused by slipping on ice at work

If you’ve researched the amounts of compensation you can get for slipping on ice at work you’ve probably heard of a personal injury claims calculator. Unfortunately, this is a bit of an Internet myth as every claim for slipping on ice is unique and the types of injuries sustained are different in every case.

We can however, show you the table below which shows how much compensation can be awarded for general damages for certain types of injury. The range of payment shown is based on the severity of the injury:

Body part ExplanationRange of severityCompensation Amounta
Neck injuryBeginning with basic injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to the neck.Minor to severeUp to £130,060
Back injuryStarting with basic injuries such as cuts , through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to the back.Minor to severeUp to £141,150
Hand injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to very serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a hand.Minor to seriousUp to £54,280
Wrist injuryBeginning with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a wrist.Minor to severeUp to £4,160
Arm injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to an arm.Moderate to severeUp to £114,810
Finger injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to one or more fingers.Minor to severeUp to £21,910
Thumb injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a thumb.Minor to severeUp to £48,080
Toe injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to one or more toes.Moderate to severeUp to £49,180
Ankle injuryStarting with basic injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to an ankle.Minor to severeUp to £61,110
Foot injuryBeginning with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a foot.Minor to very severeUp to £96,150
Leg injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a leg.Minor to severeUp to £119,210

Our job, as a personal injury solicitor, is to ensure that we provide enough medical evidence to support the true level of severity of any injury which we usually do by providing medical records obtained from hospitals or GPs and sometimes by using medical specialists to assess the impact that the injury has had on you.

If your injury isn’t listed in the table above then don’t worry as we’ve listed a small sample of injuries that can be sustained, if yours isn’t listed then please contact us and explain the scenario that occurred in your accident.

No win no fee claims for injuries caused by slipping or falling on ice at work

No win no fee agreements (or Conditional Fee Agreements, CFAs) have changed a bit. Prior to 2013 it used to be possible for claimants to keep 100% of any compensation they were awarded and for their solicitor’s fees to be paid for by the defendant in the case.

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible now, but we can still operate on a no win no fee basis and our fees are taken as a percentage of any compensation we win which is agreed with you at the beginning of our journey and, once agreed, will never change. We’ll provide you with a CFA which explains the percentage amount and also state that if we lose the case then you don’t have to pay us anything at all.

As you can see, the current CFA is not as good as it was prior to 2013 but it is still the most risk free way to make a personal injury claim as there is no initial outlay and no legal fees to pay if we lose the case.

Why claim compensation for slipping on ice at work with our team?

Legal Expert have worked hard for our clients over many years and always try hard to win the correct amount of compensation that truly represents the amount of pain and suffering that the client went through and of course we do all of this on a no win no fee service.

The team are friendly and professional specialists who always try hard to deal with your case using plain English and never explaining things in baffling legal jargon. If there is any point that you don’t understand something, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to explain it to you properly.

We are passionate about getting results and always try our hardest to ensure that the claim we file on your behalf is as detailed as possible with as much evidence as possible to support your claim. We’ll always let you know if we receive a settlement offer for you and let you know if we believe it is a fair offer or not. We’re available to answer any questions throughout the case.

Speak to our team today

If you’re happy to start your claim today, now that you’ve read this guide about slipping on ice at work and you know about how Legal Expert can help you with our no win no fee service, then there are a number of ways to contact us:

Whichever way you choose will be glad to hear from you so please make contact with our friendly team of personal injury specialists today.

Helpful resources

Hopefully you’ve read this guide about slipping on ice at work and have decided if you want to begin your personal injury claim but if you require more information here are some more useful links and guide articles which may help further:

Ice slip compensation – A guide on claiming for slipping on ice in public places (i.e. not at work)

No Win No Fee Service – Further information on how our no win no fee service works

Accident At Work claims – A guide about claiming for accidents at work (not just slipping on ice)

Health and Safety at Work act – the act which defines health and safety laws at work in the UK

Broken Leg guide – an NHS guide to broken legs which is a common injury sustained when slipping on ice at work

If you require any more resources, then please feel free to call Legal Expert today and we’ll try to answer any remaining questions you have.

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