Pavement falls can happen all year round, but during the winter months snow and ice can make pavements treacherous, particularly if your local council has not taken steps to clear or grit walkways. If you’ve been injured after a pavement fall in winter, it could be that somebody else’s negligence was the cause.
The council or a local business owner could be held liable for your accident and ordered to pay you compensation, which could cover any loss of earnings you’ve suffered as a result of time off work after your accident. You can find out right now how much compensation you could be eligible to claim by taking the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Pavement fall injuries
A pavement fall in winter is one of the most common reasons for making a personal injury claim during the cold, dark winter months – and here are some of the most commonly sustained injuries we have handled claims for many years:
- Bruises to the knees, wrists, arms, face etc.
- Cuts and grazes
- Facial injuries such as cuts, fractured cheekbones, eye injuries, lost teeth etc.
- Serious head injury or concussion
- Sprained or strained wrists and ankles
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones – a fractured wrist, ankle or hip are the most common
- Hypothermia – if you fall in a quiet area and are able to get up, you could suffer from exposure to the cold
Elderly people are more at risk of serious injuries than somebody who is young and fit. Their more brittle bones are more prone to a fracture when they fall heavily, and many people who suffer a hip fracture never make a full recovery.
If you’ve fallen outside a business premises, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 means that the business owners could be to blame for your accident if they have failed to take steps to clear ice and snow from their premises. A fall on an icy pavement in the town centre could be the fault of your local council, as they have a responsibility to ensure pavements and walkways are safe for members of the public to use.
If you’re unsure who’s to blame for your accident or simply need some more advice, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our personal injury advisors in confidence. We provide a 100% no win, no fee* service, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us.
Date Published: November 7, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton