A Guide To Slipping And Falling On Ice Injury Compensation Claims

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 19th March 2024. Have you been injured after slipping and falling on ice? If you have, and it occurred because another party breached their duty of care, then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

In this guide, we’ll explain the different aspects of making a personal injury claim if you slipped on ice. This includes looking at the following:

  • The circumstances that may lead to a slip and fall on ice.
  • The eligibility requirements to make a claim.
  • Potential compensation amounts for different injuries you may have and how these are calculated.
  • The benefits of making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor after you slipped on ice.

Man holding back in pain after slipping and falling on snow and ice

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  1. Eligibility Criteria For Slipping And Falling On Ice Injury Compensation Claims
  2. Compensation For Slip and Fall Injuries – Claims For Slipping On Ice
  3. Falling On Ice – Is There A Time Limit For Claims?
  4. Evidence For Slipping And Falling On Ice Injury Compensation Claims
  5. No Win No Fee Solicitors For Falls On Ice Claims

Eligibility Criteria For Slipping And Falling On Ice Injury Compensation Claims

In order to make a claim for falling on ice, your case must meet certain criteria. This means you have to prove that:

  • Someone else owed you a duty of care
  • They failed to uphold this duty
  • You were injured as a result 

A duty of care is a responsibility under the law for your health and safety. Depending on where you are, the duty of care and who holds it can change. 

For example, in the workplace, your employer owes you a duty of care. Their responsibilities are outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), and could include making sure outside areas are properly gritted to mitigate the risk of employees slipping and falling. 

Likewise, the duty of care in public places falls on the controller of the space. Their responsibilities are outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA) and could include making excessively icy areas inaccessible to the public, gritting, or signposting where appropriate. 

To learn more about making a compensation claim if you slipped on ice, contact our team of advisors today. They can offer more information on the claims process and may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel. 

Compensation For Slip and Fall Injuries – Claims For Slipping On Ice 

Compensation for a slip on ice injury claim can include general damages and special damages. General damages are awarded in all successful personal injury claims, and it compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

In the table below, you can view some of the compensation guidelines found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document may be used by those valuing your claim for general damages, as it lists numerous kinds of injuries alongside guideline compensation brackets.

The table below should be viewed as a guide only. Note that the first entry is not taken from the JCG.

Injury typeSeverityFurther informationAmount
Multiple Serious Injuries And Financial LossesSeriousMultiple serious injuries combined with special damages, such as lost earnings, home adjustments, and mobility aids.Up to £500,000+
Head or brain injuryVery SevereThere is little language function, if any, paired with double incontinence, and some return to waking and sleeping patterns. There is a need for around the clock care.£282,010 to £403,990
Back injuriesSevereCases of the most severe injuries, such as spinal cord damage and damage to the nerve roots, resulting in paralysis, pain, and disability.£91,090 to £160,980
Wrist injury(a)A complete loss of function in the wrist.£47,620 to £59,860
Achilles Tendon injuriesSeriousThe divided tendon has been successfully repaired but the person still suffers with limited ankle movement and residual weakness.£24,990 to £30,090
Shoulder injurySeriousDamage to the lower part of the brachial plexus with a dislocated shoulder.£12,770 to £19,200
Ankle injuriesModestLigamentous injuries, sprains or undisplaced fractures. Whether a full recovery has been made will affect how much is awarded.Up to £13,740
Elbow injuriesMinor to moderateLacerations, tennis elbow syndrome and simple fractures. The recovery rate will affect how much is awarded.Up to £12,590

If you can receive general damages, then your personal injury claim could possibly also include special damages. This compensates you for the financial expenses or losses you’ve experienced due to your injuries. Examples of expenses or losses that may be claimed as special damages include:

  • Any loss of earnings caused by you having to take unpaid time off work.
  • The cost of certain medical treatments or medicines you’ve required.
  • Travel expenses to vital appointments.

To claim special damages, you will need to provide certain documents as evidence, which may include bank statements or wage slips.

For more advice on how much you could claim after a slip and fall accident on ice, get in touch with our advisors for free today.

Falling On Ice – Is There A Time Limit For Claims?

If you have been injured by a fall on ice due to another party’s negligence and you are eligible to make a compensation claim, you will normally need to start your claim within a certain time limit. Typically, the time limit for starting a personal injury claim after having slipped on black ice (or other forms of ice) is 3 years from the date you sustained your injury. This requirement is outlined in a piece of legislation known as the Limitation Act 1980.

There are a small number of exceptions for how the time limit may work when it comes to starting a claim for falling on ice injuries. The time limit will be suspended for the injured party if they are under the age of 18 or lack the mental capacity to make decisions on their own behalf. If the injured party is currently under the age of 18, then the 3 year time limit can still become active, but it won’t start until the day the injured party turns 18.

If the injured party is currently unable to claim on their own behalf, then a representative that can be trusted to protect their interests may be able to start a claim on their behalf. This figure, formerly known as a litigation friend must be officially appointed to claim on the injured party’s behalf.

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Evidence For Slipping And Falling On Ice Injury Compensation Claims

As with any personal injury compensation claim, if you are claiming because you were injured after slipping on ice, you will need to supply supporting evidence.

You will need evidence of this, as well as of your injuries and any costs you wish to be reimbursed.

Examples of evidence could include:

  • Medical records. If a medical professional has noted down the severity of your injuries in your medical records, this could help your compensation claim.
  • Witness contact details. If you decide to hire a solicitor for your slip-on-ice claim, your solicitor could collect statements from witnesses.
  • Visual evidence such as CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or photographs.

A personal injury lawyer could help you gather evidence supporting your compensation claim.  Get in touch with our team today. They can advise you on what evidence could help support your slipped on ice injury claim.

What Injuries Could You Suffer After A Slip On Ice?

If you slip on ice, this can cause a number of injuries, ranging from major to minor. For example, slipping on an icy pavement and hitting your head could result in traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries. If you were to land on your arm, this could cause broken bones and wrist injuries.

These injuries can have a significant impact on your daily life. For example, if you suffer from broken bones, you may need to take time away from work to recover. This can lead to lost earnings. Some broken bones need a cast, pins, or even a plate inserted to heal, which can lead to a longer recovery and loss of amenity.

To learn more about claiming for wrist injuries and traumatic brain injuries caused by slips on ice, or to find out if you could make a compensation claim for your injuries, contact our team today.

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors – Slip Trip and Fall Claims

As we have stated, you could suffer various injuries from falling on ice. Our panel of experienced solicitors could help you with your personal injury claim if you slipped on black ice. With years of experience handling various claims, our panel of solicitors could help ensure that you receive the most compensation possible. They may even offer you a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Claiming on a No Win No Fee basis has various benefits, such as:

  • Not having to pay any upfront fees to your solicitor.
  • Not having to pay any ongoing fees through the course of your claim.
  • If the claim is unsuccessful, you are not expected to pay your solicitor for their services.
  • You will pay your solicitor a legally capped success fee from your compensation if they succeed with your claim.

Do not hesitate to contact our advisors today to find out whether you may be eligible for compensation. Additionally, our advisors could offer you free legal advice regarding your potential claim. They could also answer any questions you may have, such as ‘I slipped on ice and broke my leg. Could I claim compensation?’.

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Man falling on back after slipping on snow and ice

Further Advice

In the following related guides, you can find additional advice on what you should do after an accident and how to claim for different types of injuries.

If you still have any questions along the lines of “I slipped on ice, can I claim?” or you want assistance with a valid claim, please contact our team of advisors today.