How To Claim For A Slip And Fall On Ice At Work

By Stephen Moreau. Last Updated 16th February 2024. If you have slipped on ice and want to make a fall at work claim, you’ll need to prove that your injuries were caused by your employer breaching their duty of care.

Within this guide, we will discuss the duty of care all employers owe their employees and the eligibility criteria you must meet to make a valid fall at work claim. We will also discuss some of the steps your employer could implement to prevent slips and falls in the workplace. This guide will also provide information on the different heads of claim you could be awarded for a successful case, and how one of the No Win No fee solicitors on our panel could help you with claiming them.

To discuss your potential fall at work claim, and to receive free advice, you can contact one of our advisors. They are available 24/7 to help answer your questions.

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Services And Information

  1. Slip And Fall On Ice At Work – Can I Claim?
  2. What Injuries Could You Sustain If You Slipped On Ice?
  3. Slip And Fall On Ice At Work Compensation Calculator
  4. How Much Time Do I Have To Claim If I Slipped On Ice At Work?
  5. Do You Handle Slip And Fall On Ice At Work Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  6. Further Resources

Slip And Fall On Ice At Work – Can I Claim?

If you have been hurt after a slip and fall on ice at work accident because your employer has failed in their obligations in keeping you safe while at work you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their staff to take reasonable steps to protect their staff from harm while they are working.

The steps an employer should take will depend on the type of work that is carried out and what’s required to keep people safe while working. For example, carrying out risk assessments and responding appropriately to any hazards identified may be required to fulfil an employer’s duty of care.

If, for instance, a risk assessment has identified that the entrance or car park of a workplace can become hazardous when there is ice or snow, then the employer should take reasonable steps (such as gritting) to make these areas safer.

For more advice on your eligibility to start a personal injury claim against your employer after slipping and falling on ice at work, you can contact our team for free. You can speak to our advisors online or on the phone and they may connect you with our panel of solicitors if you have a valid claim.

What Injuries Could You Sustain If You Slipped On Ice?

A fall on ice can cause various types of injuries. You may still be able to claim compensation if you slipped at work on ice and it was caused by the negligence of your employer. For example, icy floors in work may not be gritted, or signposted to warn you of the hazard. Additionally, you may not be provided with the correct work uniform if you work on icy surfaces, such as shoes with grip.

Here’s some examples of injuries you could sustain if you slip on ice at work.

Get in touch if you slipped on ice at work and were injured as a result of your employer’s negligence. Our advisors may be able to put you in touch with a solicitor from our panel who has experience handling claims for a slip and fall.

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Slip And Fall On Ice At Work Compensation Calculator

If you are able to claim for a fall on ice at work, you may wonder about the amount of compensation you’ll potentially get. The amount of compensation offered for a slip and fall on ice accident at work can vary a lot.

How much you receive in general damages depends heavily on the extent of your injuries caused directly by the slip and fall. (General damages are compensation you receive for the physical and mental suffering your injuries cause.)

You can use the table below to calculate the potential compensation you’ll get if you are claiming for a slip and fall on ice. The figures are estimates you could possibly receive based on common injuries which can occur from this type of accident. These numbers should only be treated as estimates since each compensation case centred on a slip and fall on ice is different and there are many influencing factors.

We’ve taken the figures from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a regularly updated publication that legal professionals may use to assist them in valuing injuries. Please note that the first entry in the table below is an estimated figure that is not taken from the Judicial College Guidelines.

Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesSeriousUp to £250,000+If you have a valid claim for multiple serious injuries following a slip and fall on ice at work, then you may receive a payout covering all of these plus any special damages you can claim for, such as loss of earnings.
Back InjurySevere (a)£91,090 to £160,980Injuries in this bracket usually involve damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. There will be severe pain and disability.
Back InjuryModerate (i)£27,760 to £38,780A large variety of back injuries can be covered by this bracket, such as a damaged or prolapsed intervertebral disc. There may be some residual disability.
Back InjuryMinor (i)£7,890 to £12,510

A full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level usually takes place without surgery within about 2-5 years.
Shoulder InjurySerious£12,770 to £19,200Injuries covered by this bracket can include a dislocation and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus.
Shoulder InjuryModerate£7,890 to £12,770Soft tissue injuries or a frozen shoulder are injuries that may fall under this bracket.
Shoulder InjuryMinor (i)£4,350 to £7,890A soft tissue shoulder injury which the claimant will almost fully recover from in less than two years.
Arm InjurySimple Fractures of the Forearm£6,610 to £19,200Injuries involving more complicated fractures or other injuries affecting one or both forearms will fall under a higher bracket.
Brain or Head InjuryMinor£2,210 to £12,770Any brain damage that has occurred will be minimal. The total compensation awarded will depend mainly on the length of time it takes for the injured party to make their recovery.
Elbow InjuryModerate or MinorUp to £12,590This bracket can apply to many elbow injuries which do not cause permanent damage. Examples include simple fractures and lacerations.

In addition to receiving compensation for injuries, special damages may be taken into account. Special damages compensate you for any financial losses your injury has caused. For instance, your injuries may be forcing you to take unpaid time off work and regularly travel to a place for care. Loss of earnings and money spent towards receiving your care could be recovered as part of your compensation.

How Much Time Do I Have To Claim If I Slipped On Ice At Work?

If you want to make a claim because you were injured due to a slip and fall on ice at work, you’ll have to do so within the time limit. Generally, this is three years, starting on the date of your accident. This is outlined by the Limitation Act 1980, which is a piece of legislation that details time limits for different kinds of claims.

However, in some cases, you may be able to claim while outside of this time limit. For example, if you slipped on ice and suffered an injury while under the age of eighteen, you won’t be able to claim for yourself until your eighteenth birthday. Before then, a litigation friend can claim on your behalf. If no claim is made, then you will have three years from the date of your eighteenth birthday.

Likewise, for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves, the time limit is completely suspended. A litigation friend can bring forward a claim on their behalf at any time, unless they regain the needed capacity. In that case, if no claim has already been made, then they will have three years from the date of their recovery to claim for themselves.

To learn more about making claim after a slip and fall on ice at work, contact our team of advisors today.

Do You Handle Slip And Fall On Ice At Work Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis?

Our panel of lawyers can support an accident at work claim you may wish to make on a No Win No Fee basis. Their services can cover cases that specifically focus on a slip and fall on ice.

If you sign an agreement with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, that provides several guarantees to you. One of the biggest advantages of this agreement is the degree of financial security if your case does not succeed. Other benefits are as follows:

  • If you don’t win your case, you will not need to pay your solicitor the legal fees they’ve accumulated. 
  • This means your solicitor should work hard on your case since they face more risk. 
  • You won’t need to pay any solicitor fees upfront or while the claim is being set up.
  • Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will only need to pay your solicitor fees if your compensation case is successful. 

To cover their payment, your solicitor will take a small percentage of the compensation you’re awarded. The specific amount your solicitor will take will be detailed in your agreement. You can review this and other details of your agreement before you sign it.

Contact Us For More Help

If you are looking for advice or support on making a workplace accident claim, then you’re welcome to contact us at UK Law. We can support a range of different personal injury claims including ones involving workplace accidents and icy conditions. We’ll happily answer any query you may have about your potential compensation claim.

You can reach our team online using our live chat or by completing our callback form. We can also be reached by phone if you call us on  020 3870 4868

Further Resources

  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): This government page explains how Statutory Sick Pay works and how much you’re currently entitled to. In most circumstances, you are entitled to SSP if you have to take time off work due to injury or illness.
  • Requesting CCTV Footage: CCTV footage can be a very useful piece of evidence to present during your claim. It can contribute to proving that your slip on ice at work was not your fault. If you appear in CCTV footage, you have a legal right to request the footage.
  • Pay And Work Rights Helpline And Complaints: This government page is useful if you’re looking for advice on the rights and obligations of workers and employers. There’s also information here on how to make a complaint about your employer or employment agency.
  • Making A Claim For Falling Down Stairs At Work: Another of our guides, this one talks about whether or not you could be owed compensation following a fall down stairs in the workplace.
  • Proving Fault In A Slip And Fall Accident: It can be difficult to know how to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else. Read this guide to find out how you can do this.
  • Compensation For A Broken Wrist: Wrist fractures are just one of the injuries you could sustain following a slip on ice at work. Find out more about this particular ailment in this guide.
  • An Employer’s Responsibilities Following A Workplace Accident: This is our guide on your employer’s responsibilities after you are involved in an accident at work.

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