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I Slipped On Water At Work Can I Claim Compensation

Slip, Trip, And Fall Workplace Claims

By Daniel Jackson. Last updated 10th August 2021. The number of people who have slipped on water at work and have been injured as a result is quite large. Across the UK the Health and Safety Executive or HSE has found that as many as 29% of all workplace accidents are caused by slips, trips, and falls. Having slipped on a wet floor at work fully slipped on water at workaccounted for 90% of workplace slip accidents. People who have had a slip, trip, or fall are often able to make accident claims for their injuries. In this guide, we will answer some of the common questions people who have slipped on water at work have, as well as looking at example slip and fall injury settlement amounts.

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I Slipped On Water At Work, Can I Claim Compensation

What happens when you slip on a wet floor? The wet floor may not necessarily have been caused by negligence on the part of your employer. You will need to show that you slipped on water at work as a result of negligence and that your employer could have taken reasonable steps to prevent the accident.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to provide employees with a safe working environment. As such, they must put in place procedures to ensure wet floors and spillages are cleaned and dried up as quickly as possible. They must also work to prevent slips and falls from happening due to a lack of wet floor signs. If you are injured in an accident at work as a result of a wet floor, you may be able to make an accident claim against your employer. Even when other colleagues negligence led to the accident, your employer may still be liable for your injuries.

Injuries Caused By Wet Floor Accidents

If you have slipped on water at work your injuries can range from the mild to the severe. Slipped on wet floor injury claims may include (but are not limited to) any of the following injury types.

    • Soft tissue damage, such as bruising
    • Cuts, lacerations and damage to the skin
    • Fractured and broken bones
    • Damage to ligaments and tendons
    • A wide variety of head injuries

Wet floor injuries can range from the mild to the severe. Some will get better on their own in a brief period of time. However, others will take a lot of medical treatment and time to heal from, even requiring long-term physiotherapy. Even more minor injuries can lead to considerable pain and inconvenience over the short term. If you have had to have physiotherapy as a result of your accident, you may be able to claim for these costs as part of your accident claim.

Workplace Statistics

Statistics from the HSE show that in 2019/20, slips, trips and falls on the same level were the most common cause of injuries in the workplace. They made up over a quarter of the overall figure. Below, you can see some of the other leading causes leading to an injury in the workplace.

It’s important to note that these stats don’t give details on how many of these injuries were caused by wet floors. However, they give a good idea of how often similar circumstances can occur.

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Slip And Fall Compensation Calculator

Typical personal injury and accident claims will include a combination of general damages (covering the pain and suffering caused by the injury) and special damages which take into account other factors.

These factors include any financial losses you have suffered as a result of having slipped on water at work. These could be a loss of earnings or medical bills. In more severe cases, these damages may pay for adaptations to a person’s home and/or vehicle.

Below is a table containing some figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines are what is consulted by legal professionals when they’re calculating a general damages fee. Factors like the length of your recovery period and the severity of your injuries can affect the value of your claim.

InjuryDescriptionAmount
Leg(c) Less serious - (i) Fractures or serious injuries to soft tissue that are never fully recovered from£16,860 to £26,050
Leg(iii) Simple tibia or fibula fractures or minor soft tissue damageUp to £11,110
Ankle(d) Modest - minor sprains, ligament injuries, and undisplaced fracturesUp to £12,900
Foot(g) Modest - things like simple metatarsal fractures and ruptured ligamentsUp to £12,900
Wrist(e) uncomplicated Colles' fractureIn the region of £6,970
Arm(b) injuries that result in lasting and severe disability, either to 1 or both forearms£18,020 to £36,770
Arm(d) a simple forearm fracture£6,190 to £18,020
Hand(h) Moderate - crush injuries, higher end of the bracket awarded to those where surgery has been administered but permanent damage remains£5,260 to £12,460
Neck(c) Minor - (iii) full recovery made within 3 monthsUp to £2,300
Back Injury(c) Minor - (iii) full recovery made within 3 monthsUp to £2,300

If your injury is not listed above, don’t worry. This is just a small cross-section of the JCG.

If you have slipped on water at work and need to make a compensation claim, talk to the personal injury specialists at Legal Expert today.

No Win No Fee Slipped On A Wet Floor In A Shop Claims

No Win No Fee agreements are also known as CFA’s or Conditional Fee Agreement’s. They are entered into by a solicitor and a claimant and typically cover the services the solicitor will provide. Essentially, they are the terms and conditions under which the solicitor will work. It will lay out what the lawyer will do, and how they will be paid if the client wins their case. At Legal Expert the panel of solicitors we work with across the country can help with your slipped on water at work claim. We don’t make upfront charges or ask for ongoing payments, meaning your won’t feel any extra financial pressures.

How Legal Expert Can Help You

At Legal Expert out nationwide panel of specialist legal solicitors are ready to help with your slip, trip and fall accident at work compensation claim. To find out more about how the No Win No Fee claims process works, or to learn more about whether or not you have a claim talk to us today. You can contact Legal Expert today by calling 0800 073 8804. You can also arrange a call back by using our online contact form or by emailing us with the outline of your compensation claim case.

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