A slip, trip or fall that was not your own fault is a serious incident at any time of the year, but in the winter it can be particularly traumatic. The ground that you land on, and possibly have to spend some time on as you wait for medical help, may be cold, damp or both.
Unfortunately it is the winter time when slips, trips and falls in public spaces are most likely to happen and when law firms like Accident Advice Helpline deal with many personal injury claims as the result of slips, trips and falls. We help the injured person (the claimant) to claim some compensation from the person who caused the accident (the person at fault for the accident). The level of compensation will depend on the type of injury and the amount of money that the injured person has lost in out-of-pocket expenses.
Out-of-pocket expenses in personal injury cases
You can claim back expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injury. This could be for a loss of wages because you could not work, but it could also be for extra bills that you have had to pay for childcare, personal care or help around the home. You will need to provide evidence of this expenditure to your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer in Appleby-in-Westmorland in the form of wage slips, receipts or invoices.
Preventing slip claims in winter
Many winter time personal injury slip claims are related to ice and snow. Organisations or individuals who manage public areas need to assess the risks presented by ice and snow, and put systems in place to manage those risks. The first step in this would be to identify those outdoor ground surfaces that are at risk, and they could be:
- Entrances to buildings;
- Car parks;
- Pedestrian walkways;
- Sloped paths; and
- Areas that are in shade.
The external temperature has to be monitored continually over the winter months, and when freezing temperatures are forecast action will need to be taken. A planned procedure will need to be put in place, which may include:
- Applying grit to surfaces that may become frozen – rock salt is the most common substance used in the UK for this purpose. The timing of applying the grit is also important. It is recommended that it is applied early in the evening before the frost settles and/or early in the morning before people start to use the surface.
- Consider using an insulating material overnight to prevent the surface from freezing.
- Close the paths altogether and divert pedestrians to walkways that are less slippery and hazardous. This has to be carefully carried out and may have to be monitored to make sure that pedestrians are adhering to the signs.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile now.