In this guide, we explain how to claim compensation for injuries caused by a slip, trip or fall on ice or snow if it was caused by another party’s negligence. If you slipped on ice at work, want to make a public liability claim against a local authority for a slip on ice
You wish to make slipped on ice claims on behalf of an injured party, this guide could assist. We frequently receive questions such as “I slipped on ice and fell on my back on a public pavement, can I claim against the council”. This guide covers the situations in which you may have grounds to claim compensation for someone slipping on ice.
Wintery weather conditions in the UK can be dangerous. When snow and ice form, there is a severe risk of slips, trips and falls. Business owners / local authorities are expected to take reasonable steps with regard to avoiding slips, trips and falls on ice, including using a risk assessment for snow and ice. If you have been injured when you slipped and fell on ice, and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for a slip and trip.
This is something we can help you to secure with the help of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors. Read on to discover more about making a claim for slipping on ice. You can also call us on 0800 073 8801 if you have any questions.
There are many different places whereby such an injury can happen that could lead to short term or long term injuries. This includes the likes of:
- A train or bus station
- A retail park
- In a shopping centre
- At your place of work
- In a public car park
- On a commercial or retail car park
- In a supermarket car park
- At a private property
- Within school grounds
- Within hospital grounds
- While walking on a public path
Where the accident has happened is important because it will determine whom you are making a claim against. If you are unsure regarding who is in control of the area where you slipped, don’t worry. We can help you to determine this. Just give us a call.
You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you can demonstrate that:
- You were in an environment where you were owed a duty of care
- A breach of this duty occurred
- You suffered an injury because of this breach
A duty of care means a responsibility that a party has towards the safety and well-being of others. Your employer owes a duty of care to you. A duty of care also applies to those managing public areas, both indoor like restaurants and bars and outdoor spaces, such as parks and roads. If you were injured in a fall on ice because of a breach of duty of care, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.
There are various actions you can take to help you start a claim. You could:
- Collect evidence of the cause of your injury (this could be in form of pictures you took, CCTV footage, or the contact details of witnesses)
- Collect and retain evidence of how your injury has affected you (this can be in terms of the pain it has caused you, or how it has financially affected you)
- Reach out to a legal professional to receive guidance on the actions you should take.
Our advisers can provide you with more guidance on slip and trip claims and how to establish that you are eligible to make a claim.
How Long Do I Have To Claim If I Was Injured After I Slipped On Ice?
If you have slipped on ice at work or in a public place, you typically have up to three years from the date that the accident occurred to start a claim.
This limitation period is set out in the Limitation Act 1980. However, there can be exceptions to this in some cases.
For example, if someone under the age of 18 is injured after they slipped on ice due to negligence, the time limit is suspended until they turn 18 and can make a claim on their own behalf. However, during this suspended period, a litigation friend could potentially claim for them.
Similarly, the time period is frozen for adults with limited mental capacity, and a litigation friend can claim on their behalf at any point until, or if, they recover.
However, after you have slipped on the ice, we would advise getting in contact with our team as soon as possible. Our advisors are able to offer you a free no obligation consultation.
Additionally, our advisors can explain what steps you might consider taking after you have slipped on ice, or who could be liable for a slip and fall on ice and work. If our advisors think you could be eligible to claim, you may also be connected to our specialist solicitors to help you claim personal injury compensation.
While they cannot stop the snow from falling or ice from developing, they can take steps to make sure this does not result in a workplace accident. If they have failed to do this, they are deemed responsible for your accident. You do not need to worry that you may lose your job if you make a claim.
A lot of people fear this, but employers have insurance in place to cover such incidents and you would only have grounds for unfair dismissal if they did take any drastic action. Call us for more information on health and safety for snow at work and how your employer could be liable to pay compensation for a slip trip accident.
Slips and falls that happen in public places don’t always lead to public liability claims. However, if the person responsible for the public place has breached the duty of care they owe you under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, and this caused you to suffer injury because of a slip on ice, you might be eligible to claim.
If the person in control of a public space is aware of the risk of someone slipping on ice and injuring themselves, they should take reasonable steps to reduce this risk. They could do so by gritting an area or providing alternative pathways for people to use. Should they fail to take reasonable care to ensure the premises are safe to use and someone is injured slipping on ice as a result, they could be held liable.
If you have slipped in a retail space, whether this is in the car park or another area, you will be able to launch a claim. The person in charge of the business here will be responsible for this space, and they need to make sure that all shoppers are safe while attending their premises. If they haven’t done this, you will have the basis for a claim.