A woman who fractured her wrist after slipping on ice as she walked into a restaurant has been awarded £27,000 in compensation, with help from Croftons Solicitors.
The victim was visiting the restaurant for lunch with her husband when the incident occurred. It was a very cold day and there was a lot of ice around, including on the path leading up to the restaurant.
This caused the victim to slip and fall over backwards, landing awkwardly on her right hand. She subsequently suffered a fracture to her right wrist. She maintained that there was no signage warning of the hazardous surface, nor had any attempt been made to grit or salt the pathway to ensure customer safety.
Following the accident, the claimant and her husband witnessed a manager come out and grit the path.
Ten days after the incident, the victim underwent surgery to her wrist. While she made a good recovery, she continued to experience mild carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic regional pain as a direct result of the accident.
She was informed there was a 60% chance of developing arthritis in her wrist in the next three to ten years. Additionally, she was left with a weakened grip, which as the victim is right-handed caused significant day-to-day inconvenience.
Croftons Solicitors were able to secure a compensation amount of £27,000 on the basis of the suffering caused to the victim, while the amount was also agreed to cover the potential need for further surgery; in this case a possible carpal tunnel decompression.
When can you claim for slips and falls?
In the case of slips and falls of this nature, your claim will only be successful if you can prove that the person responsible for the surface was negligent. In this instance, the pathway was on the restaurant’s property, and it failed in its duty to ensure it was safe to use.
Even if you fall in a public place, you may still be able to bring a claim. For example, if you trip on a broken or loose pavement, it may be that the council was responsible for its maintenance and you could claim compensation from them.
If you have had an accident of this nature and would like to know if you are eligible to make a claim, call Croftons Solicitors free on 0800 2800 094 for advice.