Irwin Mitchell have successfully claimed £35,450 for a woman who slipped and fell on an icy public car park.
Our client was visiting a college for a meeting in December 2008 when the accident happened. The college did not have its own car and the Claimant therefore used a public car park which was situated opposite to the college and shared by several shops.
As our client entered the car park she could see there was thick ice on the ground and decided to park her car as close to the pelican crossing as possible. She got out of her car and carefully took her route to the pelican crossing, taking her time. After the meeting she made her way back to the car park, again using the pelican crossing. Her car was only about five metres away and she tried to find gaps in the ice on the floor to avoid slipping over. Unfortunately, she stood upon some black ice and her legs went from under her. It turns out that the car park had not been gritted.
Our client went straight to A&E and it was discovered that she had fractured her left ankle and would have to go for surgery three days later. Her family and friends helped her with day to day activities including cooking, washing, cleaning and ironing. She was unable to cycle, walk long distances or pursue her main hobby of horse riding. She experienced constant pain when trying to move around and pain during the night. To treat her pain she had to regularly take Paracetamol, Co-codamol and Ibuprofen.
Our client was unable to attend work for five months and eventually had to take voluntary severance in February 2010 because her job involved driving long distances and carrying heavy weights which caused ankle pain. She had to start a desk bound job in April 2010.
The Defendant admitted liability and Irwin Mitchell recovered £35,450 in compensation. The case was settled in July 2013.
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