When you think of injuries caused by slipping on ice, your mind probably turns automatically to elderly people. Whilst it’s true that elderly and frail people are most at risk from slipping in icy conditions, falling on ice can cause a range of injuries whatever your age, from cuts and bruises to broken bones or injuries to your back or neck. Here are some of the most common injuries caused by slipping in icy conditions:
- Joint dislocations
- Injury to back, neck or shoulder
- Cuts and bruises
- Concussion and other head injuries
- Frostbite or hypothermia
Many people don’t consider that hypothermia could easily occur as the result of a fall during icy conditions, but if someone injures themselves and is unable to get up, lying in the cold for even a short period of time can put them at risk of developing hypothermia or pneumonia.
Identifying the cause of your accident
If you’re unlucky enough to slip on ice and injure yourself, or if someone you love is injured, it’s important to establish the cause of the accident. If you fall in a public place, for example a play park, street or shop entrance, where ice and snow should have been cleared, then you could claim for compensation. Your local authority have a duty to keep public footpaths and roads clear to allow residents easy access to and from their homes, and if you feel that this has not happened and you have had an accident as a result, you may be considering making a claim against your local council.
Claiming for compensation
It’s important to document any injuries you suffer as a result of your accident. If possible, take photographs not only of your injury but of the area where it happened. You should also keep copies of medical records and receipts for any expenses incurred such as travel to medical appointments or the cost of any prescription medication. You’ll need the services of a personal injury compensation lawyer, so give Accident Advice Helpline a call on our Freephone advice line – 0800 689 0500 – and we can get the ball rolling on your claim.
The 30-Second Test on our website will let you see how much you could be eligible to claim, and because we offer a 100% no win no fee service, you won’t pay a penny in solicitor fees unless your claim is successful. We’re lucky enough to have TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen as our patron, and we’ve been helping people just like you to get the money they rightfully deserve for more than 13 years.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown