Compensation for Slips on Snow and Ice
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Making a compensation claim after slips on snow or ice
Compensation for Slips on Snow and Ice
Icy or snow conditions can be vicious, but we still have to get on with our daily life, even in freezing conditions. Slips, slides, or falls can be painful, and it can take more time to heal, causing long-lasting injuries. Backward fall can cause neck injuries like whiplash or back injuries. It is common for people to put their hands to catch the fall during the fall, which can cause arm and wrist damage. Suppose you have suffered from an injury because of a slippery condition on a path, walkway, or pavement because it hasn’t been cleared. Then an expert legal advisor can help you make a compensation claim.
You can contact our advisers for free. They’ll listen to your every query and will then be able to inform you whether they think you can make a case or not.
Who's responsible for keeping the footpath clear?
Your lawyer would be able to help you with this if you were not sure about who’s responsible for the area where you injured. Most footpaths are the city council’s responsibility or highway authority as part of the Highways Act 1980. The city council is responsible for making the footpaths and pavements safe and clear from snow or ice.
It would be difficult for them to clamp every stretch of road or footpath because the areas they cover are huge. But they do have a legal duty to clear areas as far as is ‘reasonably possible‘. It means their priority should be the places that are busier or where there aren’t any alternate routes. For example, areas around school or high streets are their priorities.
You may be able to claim the council or highway authority if you’ve slipped over in a busy area or if snow hasn’t been cleared for some time.
Slips on ice or snow at work (Compensation for slips on snow and ice
At work, slip and trips can happen in icy conditions, such as in the parking or on paths leading to the building. If your job involves you being outside often, then you’re at a mainly high risk of injury. Your employer has a responsibility to keep outside areas clear of ice and snow. If they haven’t done this, then they might be held responsible for your injury. Your compensation will be paid by the employer’s insurance company, not by them personally.
Slips on private property
It is the responsibility of the owners of supermarkets, shops, and bars to make sure that their customers or visitors are safe. They should take practicable precautions in freezing weather to avoid injuries. The government has a set of recommendations for clearing snow and ice for landowners, including:
- Do it early in the day
- Don’t use water, which will refreeze
- Use salt if this will stop the ice and snow refreezing overnight
We know it can be tough to prove whether or not a landowner has followed these steps, but if you’re damaged following a slip on snow or ice on personal property, then you might still be able to claim.
Can you make a compensation claim?
You might be unconfident whether you could make a compensation claim for your slip or fall, but you can speak to a legal expert to help you find out whether you can make a compensation claim or not. After you speak to the legal advisor, they’ll ask you about your accident and injury to get a better idea of your condition and the impact the injury had on your life.
You can freely ask any questions and get advice
But the legal advisor can not force you in any way. It is up to you that you can leave it there. If you decide that you want to go ahead and make a claim, then your legal advisor will help you find a suitable solicitor for your case.