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Increase in slip and trip accidents during Autumn and Winter

We’re extremely lucky in the UK to experience four different seasons throughout the year, and we are all aware of common issues associated with the varying extreme weather conditions.

Last winter saw the ‘Beast from the East’ sweep the country, and in its wake, a sharp rise in A&E visits from people injured through “slips and falls” across the UK, including at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston. During this period, we gave advice on whether or not homeowners can be sued if they cleared snow from their driveways and someone then slipped and hurt themselves. The blog in full, can be viewed here.

As we enter the Autumn months with the burst of colours from the changing leaves, there is no question that this is one of the most beautiful seasons. However, fallen leaves that have become wet or have started to decay can create a slip risk, and are one of the reasons slip and trip accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter.* The slip and trip hazard can result in injuries such as fractures, back injuries and in more serious cases, spinal cord injuries.

It is often the case, that people who have fallen due to wet leaves on the ground are unaware that they are entitled to compensation. If a fall occurs within a supermarket or a shopping centre, the case would usually be against the management company. In the case of a slip and trip on a pavement, the local council is usually responsible.

Most councils have extra teams clearing leaves from roads and paths throughout Autumn and rely on local residents and businesses to advise on the areas to visit to help reduce the instances of slips of falls. There are always priority routes which get routinely cleared, including areas outside of schools and hospitals.

If you have been injured after slipping on wet leaves whilst walking on a public pavement and you think you have a personal injury claim, contact us on 01603 877000.

*Health & Safety Executive

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