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

By Max Miyagi. Last Updated On 9th May 2022. If you’re wondering ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, this guide can help.

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

If you’re wondering ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, this guide can help.

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.

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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?

If you’re wondering ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, it’s important to note that you’ll need to prove that a third party failed to uphold their duty of care to you.

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 the 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 your colleagues, then please make contact with our fully trained team of specialist personal injury advisors. They can help answer questions like ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’ and any other such queries you may have.

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 use 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

Another reason you may be asking ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’ is if you slipped 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.

For more information on the question of ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, please continue reading this guide.

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 I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, 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.

 

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. General damages is a head of claim that covers you for the pain and suffering caused by the injury. For example, if you’ve been injured due to slipping on ice at work as a result of negligence, you could claim for both physical and psychological injuries caused by this. The range of payment shown is based on the severity of the injury:

Body part ExplanationRange of severityCompensation Amounta
Mental anguishFear of impending deathUp to £4,380
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 £139,210
Hand injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to very serious damage that will result in loss of both hands.Minor to seriousUp to £189,110
Wrist injuryBeginning with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent loss of function of a wrist.Minor to severeUp to £56,180
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 £122,860
Finger injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage resulting in loss of fingers.Minor to severeUp to £85,170
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 £65,420
Foot injuryBeginning with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in amputation of both feet.Minor to very severeUp to £171,920
Leg injuryStarting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent loss of both legs.Minor to severeUp to £240,590

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. Alternatively, if you’re wondering ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, please speak to one of our advisors today and they’ll be happy to assist you.

More Payouts for Slipping on Ice Claims

Another potential head of claim that can make up some of your ice slip compensation relates to the financial losses caused by the injury. This is referred to as special damages compensation. You would need evidence such as receipts, bank statements and invoices to illustrate the value of the losses. Examples of losses you may be able to claim for during ice slip claims include:

  • Loss of Earnings – If you’re unable to work due to the injury, you may be able to claim for loss of earnings. If your injury is permanent or long-term, you may be able to claim for future loss of earnings.
  • Care costs – You may need to hire a carer to help look after you as your injuries caused by slipping on ice at work have meant you are unable to carry out domestic tasks. If it’s deemed a necessary requirement, you could receive compensation for the costs of this.
  • Healthcare costs – If you require private healthcare (healthcare that is not provided through the NHS), you may be able to claim for this. You can also claim for prescription costs, travel costs and adjustments to your home as part of the ice slip compensation.
  • Damaged personal property – Some of your personal items may be damaged as a result of the fall. Successful ice slip claims can involve you receiving compensation for these losses.

Generally, you have three years from the date of the accident to begin the claims process. The Limitation Act 1980 provides more information about this. If you prefer, you can also contact us for free legal advice at a time that works for you.

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

All of the lawyers on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis. This is so anyone can afford to enlist their services if they require legal assistance.

When working under a No Win No Fee agreement, you pay a percentage of your settlement to your solicitor only if your claim is successful. You will be made aware of what this percentage will be before the claim begins. However, it is capped by law.

If your No Win No Fee claim does not succeed, then you are not required to pay your solicitors this percentage.

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

If you’re wondering ‘can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’, you may be in the position of seeking legal help. But where is the best place to look?

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.

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‘Can I claim compensation for slipping on ice at work?’ and other FAQs

What injuries can you get from slipping on ice?

There are a variety of ailments that can arise due to slipping on ice. Some minor incidents may only result in things like bruises or dislocated joints.

However, it’s possible that more serious accidents could lead to fractured bones and head injuries. It can depend on the situation and factors like how you land and how quickly you were travelling at the time.

In extreme circumstances, the injuries may leave lasting damage that continues to affect your life. For example, bones may not heal correctly, or damage to the spine could make it difficult to walk.

Can I sue the council for slipping on ice?

Yes, this is possible. However, you must be able to prove that the area you slipped on was the responsibility of the council. Additionally, you also must have evidence to prove that they did not take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of someone slipping on the ice.

As per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, taking these steps is part of the local council’s legal responsibility. This obligation is known as their duty of care.

Should I go to the doctor after slipping on ice?

It is recommended that you seek medical attention after any fall. This is to make sure that there are no hidden injuries that could become worse and affect your health at a later date.

In addition to benefitting your health, being seen by a doctor will also generate official medical records. These can be a good piece of evidence to present during the process of your claim.

Can I claim for slipping on ice at work?

Providing that the incident happened as a result of third-party negligence, you could have grounds to make a claim. For example, if your employer failed to grit the entrance to your workplace and you slipped on ice as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.

What is negligence?

  • Your employer owed you a legal duty of care
  • Which they breached
  • And you suffered as a result

What’s the average payout for a slip and fall?

Since every claim is unique, there are no average payouts. Instead, you can get an estimated figure by contacting a member of our team today for a free consultation.

What damages could I be compensated for?

General damages compensate for physical injuries and mental suffering, whereas special damages allow you to recover any financial loss, such as loss of earnings.

Are slip and fall cases hard to win?

Making any type of claim can be particularly difficult if you go it alone without the expertise of a lawyer. By having a professional handle your case, they can not only help you win your case, but ease the claims process along the way.

Do I need to get a lawyer?

Though there isn’t a legal requirement to have a lawyer handle your case, you could benefit from their services by giving your claim the best chances of success, particularly if they work on a No Win No fee basis.

Where should I get a lawyer?

At Legal Expert, we have a panel of personal injury lawyers with more than 30 years of experience that all work on a No Win No Fee basis. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch today for a free consultation.

How can I contact Legal Expert?

Please refer to our contact section earlier in this guide for some different ways of getting in touch.

We hope this guide has helped answer the question of ‘can I claim compensation for 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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