The winter months can present us with some beautiful sights outdoors. Crisp mornings with a glimmering frost, freshly-fallen snow (if we’re lucky) and a chance to see the world in minus temperatures. But of course, for some, the winter brings with it falling on ice injuries, and those are definitely not pleasant at all.
Falling on ice can be quite dangerous, and it can happen incredibly quickly too. One moment you are walking along as normal, if perhaps more carefully than usual, and the next your feet have gone out from underneath you and you land very heavily. Needless to say, suffering injuries in this sort of mishap can very easily happen.
Typical examples of falling on ice injuries
Since this sort of injury can indeed happen very quickly, you may not have much chance to break your fall. Maybe you will end up landing on a hip or knee. If you do manage to get a hand out to try and break your fall, you might easily end up breaking one or more fingers if they get caught under you and you fall with your entire weight on them. It is very easy to do – not to mention very painful.
Hand injuries, including fractures, can happen very easily in these circumstances. There is also the possibility that you might hit some part of your body on an obstacle that happens to be nearby – a brick wall or a bin, for example.
Do your injuries warrant a claim to be made?
If you were in a public space or walking in your work premises and no attempt had been made to clear any ice, you could potentially have a chance to make a claim. If someone was responsible for maintaining the area where you fell and making it safe, you could claim if you can prove there was negligence involved. Take photos at the time if you can, as this can help support a claim if you later decide to make one. And of course, getting advice from an experienced lawyer can help enormously too.
If you want to know more about falling on ice injuries, call 0800 689 0500. This is a free call to Accident Advice Helpline, experts in helping people claim a rightful amount of compensation wherever possible. Mobile callers can also get through easily on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: November 7, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead