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Slips on ice and snow – how we can help

As the weather turns colder, the risk of injury from slips and falls increases.  Untreated or poorly gritted surfaces lead to scores of accidents every year. If you have been injured and those responsible for the site of the accident have been negligent, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and any associated losses.

Slips at work

Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees.  They should take steps to ensure that areas where staff work are clear of ice, frost and snow if conditions indicate that cold weather could lead to safety hazards.  Steps taken might include:

  • Clearing pathways within the workplace
  • Clearing steps, ladders and climbing surfaces in the workplace and on machinery
  • Clearing car parks
  • Warning staff of potential slip hazards in the working environment

If your employer has failed to take the necessary precautions and you are injured as a result, then we recommend you seek legal advice.

Slips on public highways, pavements and footpaths

During adverse weather conditions, your local council should, as far as is reasonably practicable, grit/salt the walkways and footpaths they are responsible for to ensure they are safe for members of the public to use.

If they have failed to take such action and you are injured as a result, then your local authority could be held responsible.  We would again recommend speaking to a solicitor so that your claim can be assessed.

Slips in car parks, supermarkets and other private property

Legislation in the UK states that the occupier of a premises has a duty of care towards any visitors and must ensure the visitors are reasonably safe in using the premises.  

In wintry conditions, this can include taking steps to make sure that areas visitors use are free from ice, snow and clearing slippery surfaces caused by melting snow brought in by visitors.

Again, if the occupier has failed in their duty of care and this results in you being injured, you may have grounds to claim compensation.

Establishing who is responsible for the area where your accident happened is key to any such claim, and this will be one of the first things your solicitor will do if your claim is taken on.

Work Claims Bureau’s solicitors have decades of experience in securing the best outcome for clients injured in all these types of accident.  Speak to one of our team today on 0808 256 5184 for expert advice.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

Talk to one of our claim experts now to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to

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