In winter conditions when ice forms on roads, pavements and other public areas, there is a danger that accidents may occur due to slips on ice. If you, a relative or a friend has slipped on ice and has suffered some form of personal injury as a result of the accident, it may be possible to claim injury compensation.
As with all personal injury claims, in order to make a compensation claim for a slip on ice, somebody else must be at fault for your accident. This can often be difficult to prove, as you cannot hold anybody responsible for weather conditions which are clearly out of anybody’s control. However, as icy conditions pose an obvious risk of causing accidents, there are occasions when a duty of care is owed to take reasonable steps to minimize this risk. This could include the council gritting roads and pavements, or an employer gritting staff car parks and entrances.
If you slip over on ice whilst walking on a public pavement or whilst crossing the road, it may be possible to claim compensation for any injuries that you have sustained against the local council. Whether your accident claim is successful or not will often depend on the severity of the weather conditions, and the location of the slip. If the weather is generally fine but you happen to slip on a small isolated patch of ice, it is much less likely that you will have a successful claim, compared to a slip which occurs whilst there is widespread ice. Equally, if you have slipped on ice whilst walking on a busy pavement in a town center, you will stand a much better chance of claiming compensation than if the slip occurred on a pavement in a quiet residential cul-de-sac.
If you have slipped on ice at your place of work, it could be possible to make a work accident claim against your employer for the injuries that you have suffered. This is because your employer has a duty of care to ensure that your place of work is safe and secure. In icy conditions, your employer should make sure work areas such as car parks, entrances, etc are gritted to minimise the risk of employees and visitors suffering injuries due to slips on ice.
If you have had a slip on ice at work or in a public area within the last three years, you could be entitled to claim compensation. To find out if you may be eligible to make a no win no fee claim, please complete our online injury claim form