If you have slipped on a wet floor at work or as a member of the public and been injured, if negligence was the cause of the slip it’s likely you could claim compensation. However there are occasions where a business owner has not had a chance to mop a wet floor or place warning signs before an accident occurs. If they can prove that they acted as quickly as possible to avoid any slip accidents then there is every chance they wouldn’t be deemed at fault.
Common Injuries From Slipping On A Wet Floor
While the majority of slips on a wet floor cause relatively minor discomfort, there are some which can cause varying degrees of pain and suffering. Some of the more common injuries associated with wet/ slippery floors include:
- Bruising around the body;
- Head injuries including concussion;
- Damage to ligaments and tendons;
- Fractured and broken bones;
- Varying degrees of soft tissue damage;
- Cuts and lacerations from adjacent objects.
While these are the more common injuries associated with wet floor slips, it is not difficult to see how more serious injuries could occur if falling into adjacent equipment. When you bear in mind the number of hot and sharp items in a modern day kitchen/ catering facility unfortunately there are occasions where a fairly innocuous fall can result in a fatality.
Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work
Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure the well-being of their employees as well as visitors/ customers on their premises. There are various additional acts of Parliament which cover specific industries but it is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which is often used as a premise for proving negligence and liability if an employee has slipped on a wet floor at work and been injured.
There are some industries where spillages and slippery floors are often seen as a hazard of the job. In these circumstances an employer would be expected to provide the appropriate safety equipment such as non-slip footwear. It is also worth noting that the idea that spillages and slippery floors are a “hazard” of some employment positions is just wrong. No matter what type of industry, an employer has a legal liability to maintain the safe well-being of their employees. If you have suffered an injury as a consequence of a wet floor due to negligence at work there is no reason why you should not at least take advice on pursuing compensation.
Slip On Wet Floor Compensation
When you consider not only the injuries which can occur as a consequence of a wet floor slip but also the dangerous equipment in a modern day kitchen/ catering facilities for example, the potential types of injury can be fairly broad. However, over the years we have seen much focus on back, wrist and head injuries which can lead to significant compensation payments.
Typical compensation settlements for common injuries seen in a slip on wet floor injury claim are as follows:
- Relatively minor back injuries from a slip on a wet floor where a full recovery is expected within three months tend to attract a compensation amount of up to £1,950.
- Those of a more serious nature, with a recovery timescale of between three months and two years, and potential exacerbation of existing injuries, can lead to compensation from £1,950 up to £6,290.
- Relatively minor injuries which can be a nuisance for between two and five years, without the need for surgery, could see a compensation settlement of between £6,290 and £9,970.
- Described as moderate back injuries, including ligament and muscle damage, soft tissue problems and even prolapsed discs can lead to severe long-term pain and compensation of between £9,970 and £22,130.
- More serious moderate back injuries which result in a relatively mild long-term disability but with increased risk of additional medical conditions, as well as constant pain and suffering, often attract compensation from £22,130 up to £30,910.
- More severe back injuries including fractured discs, soft tissue damage and chronic long-term pain tend to attract compensation anywhere from £30,910 up to £55,590.
- Severe nerve damage, loss of sensation, impaired mobility, unsightly scarring, reduced sexual activity and impaired bladder/bowel function will lead to compensation of between £59,120 and £70,490.
- The more severe back injuries which include spinal cord and nerve damage, resulting in long-term pain, discomfort and disability, can attract compensation anywhere between £72,620 and £128,320.
- Minor wrist injuries often seen in wet floor compensation claims with minimal soft tissue/ bone damage, and an expected recovery within 12 months, could attract compensation of between £2,810 and £3,790.
- What is described as an uncomplicated Colles’ fracture has historically attracted compensation in the region of £5,920.
- A more complicated Colles’ fracture with a greater recovery period can attract compensation up to £8,160.
- Wrist injuries resulting in long-term pain and suffering and limited mobility tend to attract compensation from £10,040 up to £19,530.
- A wrist injury resulting in long-term permanent disability but a degree of “useful movement” would see compensation of between £19,530 and £31,220.
- Complete loss of use of the wrist, which may result in an arthrodesis, will attract compensation of between £37,960 and £47,720.
- A relatively minor brain/ head injury could attract compensation from £1,760 up to £10,180 dependent upon the severity of the injury, recovery period and pain and suffering caused.
- Relatively moderate brain damage which has no real impact upon social or working life but can lead to concentration issues, mood swings and potential epilepsy would attract compensation of between £12,210 and £34,330.
- Moderate brain damage affecting memory, ability to work and increased dependence on others could attract compensation of between £34,330 and £72,300.
- Moderate injuries resulting in reduced intellectual prowess, increased risk of epilepsy and an inability to work often leads to compensation from £72,300 up to £119,650.
- More serious head injuries causing a permanent change in personality, a reduction in senses such as eyesight and speech with no prospect of employment would open the door to a claim between £119,650 and £174,620.
- Moderately severe brain damage resulting in disabilities, reduce independence, intellectual deficit and personality changes will often attract compensation anywhere from £174,620-£224,800.
- Severe brain damage from a wet floor slip which affects the ability to communicate, reduced sensory awareness, resulting in assisted feeding and severe physical disabilities could attract a compensation settlement from £224,800 up to £322,060.
If your injury isn’t listed you can use our compensation calculator below or if you prefer contact us to speak with a solicitor.
Proving Who Is At Fault For A Wet Floor Slip
In order to claim compensation for a wet floor slip injury you will need to prove who was at fault which will often revolve around the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974/ Occupiers Liability Act 1984 and the legal duty of care towards employees and visitors to the premises. Common cases of negligence in wet floor compensation claims tend to revolve around:
- Slow reactions to address spillages and wet floor hazards;
- Failure to maintain clean, tidy and safe premises;
- A lack of warning signs around wet floor slip hazards;
- Failure to maintain pipes, sinks and taps leading to leakages.
If an employer can prove that they had insufficient time to react to the initial spillage/ wet floor hazard and the resulting slip accident, then they may avoid a negligence ruling. It is no excuse to suggest that injuries caused by a slip on a wet floor can be a “hazard of the job” even though many employees may be given this impression.
Do You Require A Personal Injury Solicitor?
Most personal injury solicitors will have dealt with numerous slip on wet floor compensation claims and will be able to build a solid compensation claim especially with strong evidence. Your evidence might include photographic evidence, details of company health and safety policies, any witness statements as well as copies of the company’s accident book possibly showing similar slips on wet floors. In these situations medical evidence will also be important to confirm how a particular injury was received and the potential long-term consequences. Although in most cases the stronger the evidence you have the better, it isn’t always the case so please contact us today if you have slipped on a wet floor even if you’re unsure you even have a claim and we’ll be happy to advise.