By Cat Grayson. Last Updated 13th September 2023. 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.
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- Am I Eligible To Make A Compensation Claim For Falling On Ice?
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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.
When making a personal injury claim for slipping on ice, general damages could compensate you for the pain and suffering that your injury has caused you. The amounts listed below have been taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that is used by many legal experts to help them value claims. This is because the JCG lists compensation brackets for various injuries.
Please only use this table as a guide. The various factors of your claim could affect how much you receive and, therefore, may differ from the amounts listed below.
|Injury type||Severity||Further information||Amount|
|Multiple Serious Injuries And Financial Losses||Serious||Multiple serious injuries combined with special damages, such as lost earnings, home adjustments, and mobility aids.||Up to £1450,000|
|Head or brain injury||Very Severe||There 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 injuries||Severe||Cases 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 injuries||Serious||The divided tendon has been successfully repaired but the person still suffers with limited ankle movement and residual weakness.||£24,990 to £30,090|
|Shoulder injury||Serious||Damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus with a dislocated shoulder.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Ankle injuries||Modest||Ligamentous injuries, sprains or undisplaced fractures. Whether a full recovery has been made will affect how much is awarded.||Up to £13,740|
|Elbow injuries||Minor to moderate||Lacerations, tennis elbow syndrome and simple fractures. The recovery rate will affect how much is awarded.||Up to £12,590|
Special Damages For Injuries After Slipping On Ice
Special damages are designed to put you in the same financial state you were in before you were injured when falling on ice. Any financial harm caused by your slip or fall injuries, including losses and out-of-pocket expenses, may be included under this head of claim.
For example, after sustaining a falling on ice injury claim, you could be reimbursed for:
- A loss of earnings if you have required time off work to recover from your injuries.
- Any prescription fees incurred as you require medication to aid your recovery.
- Medical fees accrued if you sought treatment in a private hospital.
Please note that you will need evidence to prove any financial harm you have suffered. This could include your wage slips, a bank statement or receipts of your expenses.
Get in touch after slipping on ice. Our panel of specialist solicitors have years of experience and could offer insight into the final figure you might be awarded if your personal injury claim is successfully settled.
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.
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.
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?’.
To find out if you can claim compensation for slipping and falling on ice and if you are eligible for a No Win No Fee agreement, talk to one of our experts using the following methods.
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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.