Winter slips are quite common this time of year, so you may ask “Can I claim for a winter slip accident?” If your situation meets certain conditions, the answer is almost certainly yes. At Accident Advice Helpline we offer free, no-obligation advice to people in your situation, many of whom go on to make successful claims. Our lines are open round the clock, even at weekends, so it’s easy to get in touch on 0800 689 0500.
When you call us, we will usually be able to let you know straight away if your claim is valid. Often, we can also tell you roughly how much compensation you could get. We won’t put you under any pressure. We just need you to tell us what happened so we can help you decide on the best course of action.
What conditions do I have to meet?
Law regulates compensation claims so there are certain limitations, but if you are calling us immediately after your accident it’s unlikely that you will have any problems. First of all, cases normally need to be brought within three years (ask us if you need advice about the exception for children) and, in fact, the sooner you claim for a winter slip accident, the more likely you are to be successful. Claiming earlier makes it easier to collect evidence with which to build your case.
Secondly, you will need to have seen a doctor or another qualified medical professional, who can confirm your injuries, and how they are likely to affect you. This covers everything from a sprained ankle that you’ll need to rest for six weeks to a head injury that could leave you with lifelong problems. It’s important that this information is available not just to allow a claim, but because it is likely to affect how much compensation you receive if you are successful.
The third condition that has to be met is that your accident must be somebody else’s fault. You might think that no-one is to blame if you slip on ice, but in fact, if you are in a built-up area (even a small village), your local council is normally responsible for maintaining public thoroughfares in safe condition, and this extends to putting down grit or clearing away ice and snow in winter. If no serious effort has been made to do this, you can claim against the council for compensation. In some other cases, you may be able to claim against private property owners. Call us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we can help you to work this out.
Making a claim
If you decide that you want to claim, we will usually be able to find you a suitably qualified solicitor straight away. You won’t have to worry about travelling around whilst injured as we can arrange for you to deal with your solicitor by phone. Sometimes it’s even possible to reach a good settlement without you having to go to court. Claiming really couldn’t be easier.
Date Published: February 1, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims