A Guide To Claiming If You Slipped On Ice At Work


Slipped On Ice At Work Injury Claims Guide

If you slipped on ice at work because your employer neglected your health and safety, they might owe you compensation. Ice can be hazardous because it can cause slip-and-fall accidents. Employers are responsible for safety in the workplace. So if your employer neglected to treat ice on their premises, they could be liable for your injuries.

If you slipped on ice in the workplace, please contact Legal Helpline to see if you have grounds to make a compensation claim. We work with a panel of skilled No Win No Fee solicitors, and if you meet the criteria to make a personal injury claim following an accident in the workplace, a solicitor from our panel can help you claim the right compensation for your injuries. Please get in contact today to see if you can claim.

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What Are Slips On Ice At Work Claims?

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their workers a duty of care to take all practicable and reasonable steps to ensure their employees’ health and welfare while carrying out work tasks. To fulfil this duty of care, it is important that employers carry out risk assessments not only for the work environment but also for the job tasks to identify any hazards and reduce them, if they cannot be removed. Employers must also provide personal protective equipment that is needed to do the job tasks safely and provide training where necessary.

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for slipping on ice in the workplace, you must be able to prove that:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care at the place and time of the accident,
  • By not adhering to health and safety legislation, they breached this duty which led to your slip on ice, and
  • Due to this accident, you suffered an injury.

Employers must apply control measures to prevent slipping accidents. If the employer fails to do so, they could be considered negligent.

You may wonder if you can make a personal injury claim after a fall at work. Please call Legal Helpline today and have your potential personal injury claim assessed in a consultation that is free of charge. If you meet the right criteria, a solicitor from our panel can start working on your claim.

Workplace Slip And Fall Injury Statistics

Under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, employers must report injuries that meet certain criteria to the Health and Safety Executive. So, according to HSE, the number one cause of non-fatal injuries at work were slips, trips and falls at the same level. Indeed, these types of accidents accounted for 30% of non-fatal injuries.

Common Injuries Caused By Slipping On Ice At Work

Slipping on the ice at work could cause the following injuries:

Time Limits For Claims If You Slipped On Ice At Work

You will need to be within the time limit to begin an accident at work claim. Under the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit is normally three years. The limitation period will begin on the date of the accident.

Those under the age of 18 at the time of the accident cannot make their own claim until they turn 18, so this means the time limit is paused. From their 18th birthday, the time limit of three years will begin. While the time limit is paused, there is an option for the court to appoint a litigation friend to claim on their behalf.

For those who lack the mental capabilities to pursue a personal injury claim, the time limit is indefinitely suspended. Again while the time limit is suspended, a litigation friend could make the claim on their behalf. If the mental capacity is regained and no claim is made, the three-year time limit begins for them.

What Should I Do If I Slipped On Ice At Work?

If you slipped on ice at work due to your employer being negligent and would like to pursue a personal injury claim gathering evidence to prove your case is crucial. Here we provide some examples of evidence you could collect to strengthen your claim.

  • Report the accident to your manager, and make sure the accident’s time, date and place are recorded in the accident log book.
  • Take photographs of the hazard that caused the slipping accident.
  • Take photographs of your injuries if they are visible.
  • Ask your workplace for CCTV footage of the accident, if it is available.
  • Keep receipts for any purchases relating to the injury, such as a receipt for a taxi journey to the hospital.
  • Ask colleagues who witnessed the accident for their contact details, so they can provide a witness statement.

To find out if you can make a compensation claim for the injuries you suffered after you slipped on ice at work, call our team now for free advice.

Payout Examples For Slips On Ice At Work

If your personal injury claim is successful after you slipped on ice at work, how much compensation you will be awarded will depend on various aspects. The amount of compensation the claimant receives depends on the type of injuries suffered and the severity of their injuries.

General damages is the primary head of claim. This compensates you for the harm and suffering caused by your injuries. The compensation brackets are based on 16th-edition guidelines from the Judicial College, which solicitors use to value personal injury claims.

Head Injury - Very Severe Brain injuries leaving the person with little or no language function. They also show little evidence of response to environmental factors.£282,010 to £403,990
Head Injury - Moderate (i)The injury leaves the person unable to work. They are left with a severe to moderate intellectual deficit. The injuries could also have left them with personality changes.£150,110 to £219,070
Ankle Injury - Very Severe Ankle injuries such as a transmalleolar ankle fracture as well as extensive damage to the soft tissues.£50,060 to £69,700
Ankle Injury - Severe An ankle injury which has caused the person to suffer instability in the joint. They will need extensive treatment.£31,310 to £50,060
Ankle Injury - Moderate The injury could include a fracture or torn ligament. The person is left with a less severe disability.£13,740 to £26,590
Wrist InjuryThe person has completely lost function in their wrist. An arthrodesis could have been performed.£47,620 to £59,860
Wrist InjuryA wrist injury which leaves the person with a permanent, significant disability but some useful movement remains. £24,500 to £39,170
Wrist InjuryA less severe wrist injury which has resulted in a degree of permanent disability. The person could be left with stiffness and persistent pain.£12,590 to £24,500
Hip Or Pelvic Lesser Injuries (i)Despite the injury having been severe, there is no or only minor residual disability in the hips or pelvis.£3,950 to £12,590
Fractured ClaviclePayouts are based on how severe the fracture is.£5,150 to £12,240

The compensation amounts in the table are for guidance only.

In addition, you could also claim special damages. These reimburse you for any expenses or costs your injuries caused.  Such as

  • Loss of earnings if you had to take unpaid time off work.
  • Travel expenses to medical appointments
  • Cost of care
  • Home or car adaptation costs.

Please call our helpline; an advisor can value your claim.

Contact Us For Advice On How To Claim

You may wish to make a personal injury claim for injuries caused by slipping on ice at work with a solicitor.

Our panel of solicitors offer claimants the option to work with them on a No Win No Fee basis. Working with a No Win No Fee solicitor generally means you won’t pay a solicitors fee before work begins on your claim. Instead, you will agree to pay a success fee on the condition that you win your claim. The success fee is a percentage of your compensation which is subject to a legislative cap.

Please contact our team, to see if you can claim for a slipping accident at work:

Related Guides To Slips And Falls At Work Claims

If you were injured at work, these guides might be helpful.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim if I Slipped at Work and Hurt My Back?

Lino Or Carpet Slips And Trips At Work

Could I Be Sacked If I Claim For An Accident At Work?

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – Information from the NHS

An HSE Guide to Slips and Trips at Work

Information from HSE on how flooring can cause slipping accidents

We hope this guide was helpful if you slipped on ice at work and are looking to make a personal injury claim.