Slipping on water at work is a fairly common accident and one that can happen in all types of workplaces, from corporate offices and hotels to factory floors, restaurants, hospitals and building sites. Although this may seem like one of the less serious types of accidents, the truth is, if you have slipped on water at work it can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be life-changing.
If you slipped on water at work in an accident that was due to the negligence of your employer or a work colleague, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.
Our team can help if you would like to investigate your options. As part of our no-obligation consultation, your claim will be reviewed and you’ll receive free legal advice on your chances of being compensated. In some cases, we could appoint one of our No Win No Fee solicitors to represent you. If they agree, you’ll benefit from up to 30 years of experience in handling workplace injury claims.
To claim compensation after slipping on water at work, please call our specialists on 0800 6524 881 today. To find out more about how the claims process works first, please read on.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For Slipping On Water At Work?
- Common Causes Of Wet Floor Accidents In The Workplace
- Common Injuries From Slipping On Water In The Workplace
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For Slipping On Water At Work?
- Time Limits For Claiming Compensation
- Evidence To Prove How You Slipped On Water At Work
- Contact A Personal Injury Solicitor
Employers have an obligation to do all they reasonably can to protect your welfare in the workplace. This is a legal duty of care that’s established by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
If you’ve slipped on water at work and were injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation if:
- Your employer was negligent and breached their duty of care; and
- You slipped on water at work as a direct result of your employer’s negligence; and
- As a result, you sustained an injury or injuries.
To help prove the above statements, you’ll need supporting evidence. Therefore, we’ll explain what could be used later on in this guide.
A floor that has just been mopped and is not yet completely dry is one of the most common causes of wet floor slip accidents anywhere but it’s not the only one. Therefore, we’ve listed a few scenarios below that might be deemed as negligence by an employer:
- If you slipped in a factory because a piece of machinery was poorly maintained and was known to be leaking water.
- If you work in a factory where wet floors are unavoidable but handrails or antislip flooring were not installed to help protect you.
- Where you slipped in a supermarket as an employee because a freezer was faulty and leaked after defrosting.
- If you slipped in a building site accident because you were asked to work on slippery scaffolding after heavy rainfall.
- Where you slipped and fell down the stairs at work because they’d been cleaned recently but no warning signs were in place to warn you.
- If you slipped at the entrance of a hotel because excessive rainwater had entered through the door and not been cleaned up swiftly.
- Where you slipped and banged your head in a restaurant kitchen that was cleaned with excessive water during a busy period.
This is just a sample of the reasons why you might be eligible to claim damages if you slipped on water at work. If you’ve been involved in a different type of accident, call us to find out if we could help you claim.
Importantly, you should not be afraid of making an honest claim after slipping on water at work against your employer. That’s because laws exist which make it illegal for you to be picked on, dismissed, demoted, stopped from being promoted or treated differently for claiming. If any of these things were to happen, you may also have grounds to claim for unfair or constructive dismissal.
There is the potential for many different injuries to be sustained after slipping on water in the workplace. Aside from the most minor injuries, you could be compensated for any suffering you’ve endured because your employer was negligent. Some of the most common injuries claimed for include:
If you believe you should be compensated for your injuries, please call our team for a free assessment of your case.
If you claim compensation against your employer because you were injured after slipping on water at work, your claim could include compensation to cover general damages and special damages, for example:
- The physical pain you endured and any suffering that resulted.
- Any psychological injury caused by conditions such as distress, anxiety or depression.
- The impact your injuries have had on your family and social life (loss of amenity).
- Any earnings you’ve lost while injured.
- The cost of private medical treatment or rehabilitation costs.
- Care costs where somebody else had to spend time supporting you during your recovery.
- Long-term loss of earnings if your ability to work will be reduced in the future.
- Travel expenses linked to your injuries.
For more serious cases that result in long-term disabilities, you could claim for the cost of making changes to your home if they’ll improve your quality of life.
Unfortunately, it’s simply not possible to say what settlement you could receive for slipping on water at work without knowing what injuries you sustained, how bad they were and how they’ve affected you. However, we can provide our compensation calculator to demonstrate what could be awarded for many relevant injuries:
Please understand that these figures cannot be guaranteed as each injury claim for a slip and fall is unique and therefore any potential payout will depend on your specific circumstances.
Any type of a workplace accident claim has a 3-year time limit. As your injuries are likely to be obvious immediately if you’ve slipped on water, the limitation period will start from the date of your accident.
While claims can take anywhere from 6-months and upwards to be finalised, your solicitor could request interim payments to cover any immediate expenses such as the cost of private medical treatment in cases that will take longer to be processed.
Your employer is unlikely to deal with your claim themselves. It’s much more likely that they’ll pass it to their insurance provider. As such, you will need to convince the insurer that your injuries were as severe as you say and that your employer is responsible for causing them. Unless you can supply evidence to prove how you slipped on water at work, you’re unlikely to be compensated. Therefore, there are a few things you could do immediately after the accident to protect both your health and your entitlement to compensation.
Treat Your Injuries
Do a quick self-assessment to determine how serious your injuries are. Get first-aid treatment for those injuries that can be treated on the spot. If you cannot move or your injuries look like they need more than a first-aid kit, call for an ambulance. Regardless of how minor your injuries look, you must get a thorough check-up by a medical professional. Some symptoms can manifest hours or days after the accident and if not treated on time, they could cause other complications.
Get Photographs Of The Accident Scene
If you’re too injured to take photos yourself, ask a colleague to get photographs of the water spill and of any visible injuries. Do this immediately after the accident, before management sends somebody to clean up the area. Without photographic evidence of the water spill, management could deny there was ever a spill in the first place. Getting photographs will provide you with strong evidence supporting your claim.
Request CCTV Footage
Where your accident was recorded by security CCTV cameras, any relevant footage should be requested as another way of showing what happened.
Record The Accident In The Workplace Accident Book
Every workplace in the UK is legally required to keep a works accident book or a logbook on site. This is generally kept in the HR (Human Resources) office or in the supervisor’s or manager’s office. Report your accident to your manager/supervisor and also write down a detailed report in the works accident book. Get a signed copy of the report for yourself. This helps to create a paper trail of the accident so your employer cannot deny it at a later date.
Gather Witness Statements
If you have witnesses that can corroborate that you slipped on water at work ask them if they can provide a witness statement. This should serve as strong evidence should you wish to pursue a compensation claim.
Keep Records Of Everything Related To The Accident
This includes your immediate and delayed symptoms, diagnostic tests, doctor’s diagnosis, prescribed medications and medical treatments. Also keep a record of all medical-related expenses, including the cost of travelling to the hospital and back for ongoing treatment. To be clear, keep a record of all expenses or losses as a result of the accident.
Our team of personal injury solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service if your claim is accepted. That means you won’t pay your solicitor for their work if your claim fails.
The easiest way to find out if you can claim on a No Win No Fee basis is to call our team on 0800 6524 881 today. Whatever you decide to do, your options will be explained and your claim will be reviewed for free.
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