£7,000 compensation for wrist injury after a slip on ice

Compensation of £7,000 was awarded at Court in Chester in 2013 to a 46 year-old woman who sustained a wrist injury after slipping on ice in a car park.

Injury details

The Claimant, aged 45 at the time of the accident, worked in the outside storage area of an antiques shop. She slipped on an icy patch as she walked through the car park, and attempted to break her fall with her hand.

The Claimant's wrist and her thigh were injured in the fall and she sought immediate medical attention at Accident and Emergency. Her arm was placed in a cast, and the Claimant continued to suffer from pain in her wrist for over a month in the aftermath of the accident.

Mobility in the Claimant's wrist was severely impeded during this period, preventing her from working. She was unable to drive or carry out basic daily activities that involved the use of her hand, and was not able to clench her hand into a fist.

The pain in the Claimant's hand persisted over a number of months thereafter, often arising while she carried out housework. She would experience a dull aching pain and a throbbing, which meant that the performance of physical tasks would take substantially longer than previously required.

She was assessed around a year after the initial incident, at which point she was continuing to experience an ache in her wrist, requiring painkillers to nullify her symptoms, particularly following a prolonged period of activity or when cold.

Court decision

It was concluded that while the Claimant's symptoms would gradually improve over a number of years, there would be intermittent and intrusive pain in her wrist indefinitely.

There was no indication that further treatment would be able to prevent the future recurrence of her symptoms.

Award

The matter progressed to a Court hearing.

The Claimant was awarded a total of £7,000 in damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.