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Had a slip-and-fall in Scotland? Can you file a claim for injuries if you slip and fall on ice at work or in public?

If you slipped on ice while at work or somewhere in Scotland and were hurt, you may be eligible for compensation. As the temperature drops during the winter, it is unfortunately common for people to fall on ice. If the landowner or occupier hasn't done enough to lower the risk of slipping, there's a higher chance that someone will get hurt.

Accidents caused by ice in public

If you trip on ice while out and about and file a compensation claim, the person at fault may be held accountable. Finding the right party is the first step. The following are just a few examples of public areas:

  • Walkways or public pathways;
  • Supermarkets and their parking lots;
  • Retail centres;
  • Stations for buses or trains;
  • Hospital or doctor's office grounds; and
  • School campuses. 

Once located, the occupier may be informed of a claim.

Accidents caused by ice in the workplace

In the end, your employer owes you a duty of care, which requires them to take reasonable precautions to keep you from slipping on ice at work. This covers all locations, including car parks, walkways, and common grounds. Therefore, it is necessary to keep the ice off of these sites.

Remember that your employer's insurance company will nearly always handle and pay your compensation if you file a claim against your employer after slipping at work on ice. It is also unlawful and unfair for your employer to fire you or treat you differently as a result of filing a claim for compensation. Any dismissal based on those reasons would be unfair.

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