Slips, trips and falls on ice are among the most common accidents dealt with by Personal Injury Solicitors in the UK. Slipping on ice can lead to serious injury, especially where elderly or vulnerable people are concerned. This is often because the victim will hit the floor with more force than a regular fall, resulting in long term damage to your health. Lighter falls may still cause bruising, strains and fractures, in turn resulting in time off work and loss of earnings.
Why do accidents occur?
Some accidents are unpreventable. However if you slip on ice in a public place or around a shop, supermarket, school or other place of business the blame may lie with the owner of that premises.
Occupiers have a legal duty under The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect visitors that are on their premises. This can extend to clearing paths and walkways, removing potential hazards such as ice and melted snow and other hazards caused by wintery conditions. If they are found to have failed in their duty to the public and someone is injured as a result, a claim for slipping on ice or snow can be made.
There are measures you can take to prevent yourself from slipping on ice, including wearing high grip footwear, using snow and ice grips, and avoiding known trouble spots such as steep slippery hills.
What sort of injuries can be caused?
Slips and falling on ice can cause a number of injuries. They can vary from bruised knees and sprained wrists to severe breaks and serious head injuries. As elderly people have less resilience to injury, multiple breaks and hip injuries are more common.
At Asons Solicitors, we have dealt with a variety of personal injury claims which could have been prevented, if local authorities and businesses had taken greater steps to protect the interests of the public.
Compensation Claims for Falls on Ice
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of slipping on ice, speak to us today for accurate and up-to-date advice. There are strict time limits in place with personal injury claims such as this, so it is important to move as quickly as possible, for the best chance of success.
As with all personal injury claims, you will need to prove that your injury was caused as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you choose to make a claim with Asons, we will aid you in compiling as much evidence as possible to help fight your case.
A claim for falling on ice will not make your injuries disappear, however it will help to rebuild your life following an incident. If you are still suffering from the effects, the compensation you do receive can contribute towards better treatment, and cover some of the earnings you may have lost whilst you are recovering. So if you were injured as a result of slipping, tripping or falling on ice, speak to us.
Where else can I find help and advice?
If you would like more information on ways to prevent these accidents, or if you would like to understand what your responsibilities are for clearing snow and ice in public spaces; the Health and Safety Executive have a wealth of information to help you.
What should I do now?
If you have been diagnosed with an injury, following a fall on ice, contact us today. Where possible, photographs should be taken of where you fell to illustrate the conditions and the extent of the ice coverage, noting down the time, date and level of footfall will also be useful.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors have a wealth of expertise, and knowledge, that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. For free, expert advice on pursuing a slip, trip or fall claim, speak to us today.