Whether you’ve slipped on a wet floor at work or as a member of the public in a supermarket, if you’ve been injured as a result and negligence was the cause, you may be eligible to make a wet floor injury claim for compensation. This guide to wet floor injury claims will explain when you could make a compensation claim and how much compensation for slipping on a wet floor might be awarded for your injuries.
Our personal injury claims advisors are here to help if you are thinking of making a claim. They will review your accident with you to see if you have a valid claim. They’ll answer any questions you might have and offer free legal advice. If the claim is suitable, you’ll be connected with one of our personal injury solicitors. Any claim they take on will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis meaning there are no legal fees unless you are compensated.
If you’ve been hurt after slipping on a wet floor, call us on 0800 6524 881 to check your chances of being compensated. Alternatively, please read on to learn more before contacting us.
Table of contents
- Can I Sue For Slipping On A Wet Floor?
- Common Injuries Caused By Slips & Falls On Wet Floors
- Negligence At Work & Public Places Resulting In Wet Floor Injuries
- How Much Compensation For Slipping On A Wet Floor Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Wet Floor Accident Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Compensation For Slipping On Wet Floor
- Starting The Wet Floor Injury Claims Process
You may be asking yourself “can you sue for slipping on a wet floor?”. The simple answer is, possibly. However, to check if you’re eligible to sue for compensation, a personal injury solicitor will want to determine whether:
- The defendant in your claim owed you a legal duty of care; and
- Their negligence led to an accident where you slipped on a wet floor; and
- You sustained injuries as a result of that accident.
You might not necessarily know if you were owed a duty of care at the time of the accident. Don’t worry, though, as this will be checked by your solicitor. They could use different legislation to establish a duty of care such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 if you slipped on a wet floor in a public place, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 if your injuries were caused by a leaking machine at work or other laws depending on the cause of your accident.
The criteria above mean that wet floor accident claims could essentially be based on any type of injury. We haven’t listed each and every potential injury here but some of the more common caused by slips and falls on wet floors include:
Some wet floor accidents can result in injuries that last for a matter of weeks or months. However, some, including back injuries, can affect you for many years after the accident occurred.
Whatever type of injury you’ve suffered, call us to see if we could help you to make a wet floor injury claim for your suffering.
In this section, we’ll explain the types of negligence at work and in public places that could result in wet floor accidents and injuries. They include:
- Cleaning accidents. When corridors, floors or stairs are mopped, warning signs should be used to indicate that the floor is still drying and might be slippery. You could therefore claim if you slipped at work and hurt your back, for example, on a wet floor because there were no warning signs in place or if there were inadequate signs used.
- Leaks. Occupiers or owners of buildings have a duty to maintain equipment properly to try and prevent accidents from happing. If they fail to do so, you could claim for any injuries you’ve sustained as a result. For example, a wet floor accident claim could result if you slipped on water at work caused by a leaking radiator that was known about by your employer but had not been repaired in a timely manner.
- Spillages. Similarly, if a spillage occurs in a public place, it should be cleared up as quickly as possible. For example, you could claim compensation if you slipped in a supermarket and were injured due to a spillage that staff had failed to clean up quickly enough.
- Adverse weather. Although nobody is to blame for heavy rain, business owners must make sure any potential risks are identified to customers, staff or visitors. For example, a wet floor injury claim might be possible if you’ve been injured after you slipped and fell in a restaurant foyer because warning signs weren’t used or nobody had taken steps to clean up excess rainwater in a timely manner.
If you believe you should be compensated for an injury caused by slipping on a wet floor, please contact our advisors today.
The amount of compensation for slipping on a wet floor you might be entitled to will be primarily based on how badly you’ve suffered. If your claim is handled by a personal injury solicitor from our team, they could seek damages to cover:
- The pain caused by your injuries.
- Any stress, anxiety, depression or other psychological injuries caused by the wet floor accident.
- Lost income (and future lost earnings for longer-term injuries).
- Medical expenses such as physiotherapy costs.
- Care costs.
- Travel expenses.
- Any impact your injuries have on hobbies or your other normal activities.
- Mobility aids or home adaptations to make it easier to cope with your injuries.
- The cost of replacing any personal belongings damaged during your accident.
To discuss what payout for slipping on a wet floor you may be entitled to, please call our team today on 0800 6524 881.
Our compensation calculator below shows potential payout amounts for various common injuries suffered by slipping on a wet floor.
As most wet floor injury claims will be handled by an insurance company, it is important to try and prove how your accident occurred, who was responsible for it and the suffering it caused if you’re to lodge a successful compensation claim.
The types of information that could improve your chances of receiving a compensation payout include:
- The details of anybody else who saw what happened. Your solicitor could then collect witness statements if necessary.
- CCTV footage if the area where you slipped on a wet floor was covered. You should request this footage asap as it won’t usually be retained for long.
- A copy of your accident report form to help prove where and when the accident occurred. Most businesses are legally obliged to record wet floor accidents causing injuries so you should always report them.
- X-rays and medical records from the hospital where your injuries were treated. These can be obtained by you or your solicitor when needed.
- Photographs of the accident scene to demonstrate the cause of the accident if possible.
- Emails, text messages or other correspondence if you slipped and fell at work and you’d reported a defect to your employer previously.
- If you’ve incurred any expenses or monetary losses as a result of the wet floor accident, such as rehabilitation costs or lost wages, keeping financial records and receipts can help establish the financial impact of the incident.
We are happy to give advice on how to secure evidence or review anything you’ve already obtained so please feel free to discuss this when you call.
If you begin your claim outside of the allowable time limits, you could miss out on any compensation you might be entitled to. For claiming slip on wet floor compensation, the time limit will usually be 3 years from the date of your accident.
We would always suggest that you try to claim as quickly as possible following your accident. This will allow enough time for evidence to be collected and for your solicitor to arrange for the necessary medical reports to be obtained.
Additionally, your solicitor could request interim payments before your claim is finalised if the defendant accepts liability early on. These could pay for medical treatment at a private hospital or help if you’re struggling financially because your injuries are stopping you from working.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand your options if you’ve been injured following an accident caused by a wet floor. If you are ready to start the wet floor injury claims process for your injuries, call us on 0800 6524 881 to get things started.
If one of our solicitors accepts your claim, they’ll represent you throughout the case on a No Win No Fee basis. Knowing you’ll only pay legal fees if you are compensated should make the process much less stressful.
Please use our live chat service or give us a call if you’ve slipped on a wet floor and would like expert advice on making a wet floor injury claim.