Claim for Slipping on Ice

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Claim for Slipping on Ice

If you have been involved in an accident resulting from snowy and/or icy conditions, and your accident can be traced to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to claim compensation. At JMW, our specialist solicitors are the experts at pursuing icy-road compensation claims and others arising from avoidable accidents caused by poor weather conditions.

We are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve if you have suffered an injury from a winter-weather accident that could have been avoided. To make a claim, get in touch with our expert solicitors today. Call 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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How JMW Can Help

We understand just how frustrating suffering an injury that occurred due to an icy road or snowy conditions can be. This can be doubly frustrating if you have to take time off work to recover and attend medical appointments, as it means you may have been left out of pocket.

Our aim is to ensure the impact of your injury on your day-to-day life is reduced as much as possible, and we can secure you winter-weather accident compensation that, financially, puts you back in the position you were in before the accident.

JMW’s solicitors will ensure your compensation award covers the cost of any lost wages, medical bills, transport expenses and anything else needed to aid your recovery. Our solicitors will do all of the hard work so you can focus on getting better. But don’t worry, we will provide regular, easy-to-understand updates on the progress of your case.

What Should I Do Immediately After Slipping On Ice?

If you've slipped and fallen on ice and are worried you may have injured yourself, it’s important to stay calm and take the following steps:

  1. Seek medical attention: your health should be your top priority. If you’re hurt, try not to move too much to prevent any further injury and ask for help. Get checked over by a medical professional as soon as possible, as some injuries might not be immediately apparent.
  2. Document the scene: if it’s safe to do so, take photographs of the area where you slipped, including any ice patches, and display the lack of gritting or warning signs that should have been in place. This will be useful evidence for your claim.
  3. Witness details: if there were any onlookers when you slipped, ask for their contact details - they could provide valuable witness statements to support your claim.
  4. Report the incident: if you’re in a public place like a shop or a car park, report the incident to a member of staff or management. Make sure they record it in their accident log book.
  5. Keep records: keep a record of any expenses incurred as a result of your accident, such as travel costs for medical appointments, receipts for prescriptions and any other related expenses.
  6. Legal advice: contact our personal injury team as soon as you can. We’ll give you the necessary legal advice on making a slip on ice claim and guide you through the process.

What Types of Injuries are Commonly Associated with Slipping On Ice?

Slipping on ice can lead to a range of injuries, some of which are quite severe. Common injuries associated with such falls include:

  • Fractures: broken bones, especially in the wrists, arms and hips, are common as people instinctively try to break their fall.
  • Head injuries: these can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries if the injured person's head strikes the ground or another object in the way.
  • Back injuries: falling on ice can result in sprains, herniated discs or more serious spinal cord injuries.
  • Soft tissue injuries: strains and sprains are frequent, particularly in the ankles and knees, as the slip can cause the body to twist unnaturally.
  • Cuts and abrasions: these can occur if there is rough ice or if the person is carrying objects that break or cause injury during the fall.

It's important to have any injury assessed by a medical professional as soon as possible, as some symptoms might not be immediately apparent but could have serious long-term repercussions.

Who is Responsible For Accidents Caused by Winter Weather?

Determining responsibility for your accident depends on where it occurred. For accidents that take place in work, your employer can be held accountable for not taking appropriate measures to ensure your safety. If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to accident at work compensation. If you have been injured in a shop, restaurant or another public place, then the owner of the establishment will be liable for your injuries.

Local councils are responsible for maintaining the roads and pavements in their authority, and may be held liable if it is proven that they failed to take the appropriate measures to prevent an accident from happening on their highways.

Our solicitors have years of experience handling winter weather accident claims and will be able to determine the party responsible for your injuries to pursue for compensation on your behalf.

Can I File a Claim if I Slipped On Ice On Someone Else's Property?

Businesses and private residents have a duty of care to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. This includes taking reasonable steps to clear ice and make walkways safe during winter conditions.

If you can prove that the property owner neglected this duty and that this negligence led to your injury, you may have a valid personal injury claim. Our team can help assess your situation and determine the best course of action to secure the compensation you’re entitled to.

Our solicitors have years of experience handling winter weather accident claims and will be able to determine the party responsible for your injuries to pursue compensation on your behalf.

Why Choose JMW?

At JMW, our experience in handling personal injury claims, including those to do with slipping on ice, is well-established and acknowledged by leading legal directories, like The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Partnering with JMW ensures that you are represented by a seasoned personal injury solicitor, with expertise in navigating the complexities of slip on ice cases.

Our team is dedicated to securing compensation for individuals who have suffered due to accidents that weren't their fault. You can read more about how we have achieved this on our case studies page.

Pursuing a slip on ice claim with JMW comes with minimal financial risk to you. We offer a no win, no fee arrangement, ensuring that you will only be responsible for legal fees if we achieve a successful outcome in your case. These fees will then be factored into your compensation award, ensuring peace of mind and confidence in our shared goal: securing the compensation you deserve. Call us today to begin your no win, no fee claim.

FAQs About Making a Claim for Slipping on Ice

Can I claim compensation for medical bills and lost wages if I slipped on ice?

If you slipped on ice and it can be demonstrated that another party's negligence was at fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for various damages, which include:

  • Medical expenses: this covers the cost of any medical treatment you have received and any future treatments required as a result of your injuries.
  • Lost wages: if your injuries have forced you to take time off work, you can claim for loss of earnings, including any potential future earnings if you are unable to return to work or have to take a lower-paid job as a result of your injuries.
  • Additional costs: you may also be able to claim for any other expenses incurred due to the injury, such as travel costs for medical appointments, the cost of home care, and any adjustments needed for your home.

It is advisable to keep a detailed record of all expenses related to your injury, as this will be important evidence in your claim.

How can I prove liability in a slip and fall on ice case?

Proving liability in a slip and fall on ice personal injury claim requires you to demonstrate that negligence caused it. To do so, you must prove the following:

  1. You were owed a duty of care by the responsible party
  2. The responsible party breached their duty to you
  3. That you suffered from the incident

You must link the breach of duty directly to your accident. The ice must be the reason you slipped and fell. Gather evidence such as photographs of the area, witness statements, a copy of the accident report, and records of any previous complaints about the icy conditions.

In some cases, an expert witness may be needed to provide testimony that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the accident.

Is it necessary to have evidence of the icy condition to file a claim?

Evidence of the icy condition during your fall is an essential component of a compensation claim. This evidence can help establish that the area was dangerous and that the party responsible for maintaining the property failed to take adequate measures to ensure safety. Here’s what can support your claim:

  1. Photographs or videos
  2. Weather reports
  3. Witness statements:
  4. Accident reports
  5. Medical records

Even if you don’t have all this evidence, reach out to us. At JMW, we can work with you to piece together the necessary documentation to build your case. The sooner you get in touch after your accident, the better your chances of collecting the evidence needed to support your claim.

Can I pursue a claim even if my injuries seem minor?

You can pursue a compensation claim even if your injuries appear to be minor at first. It is not uncommon for the full extent of injuries sustained from a slip on ice to become apparent only after some time has passed. Even seemingly minor injuries can lead to complications or longer-term impacts that you may not initially anticipate. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention and legal advice as soon as possible after your accident.

We can help assess your circumstances and advise you on whether you can make a compensation claim for your minor injuries.

Talk to Us

To start a claim with us, get in touch today. You can either call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to get in touch with you.

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