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How Much Can I Claim For Slipping On A Wet Floor?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 25th June 2024. If you slipped on a wet floor and suffered an injury or illness as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation. This depends on whether the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, which we explain below.

We also explain what your legal rights are in this situation and how we could successfully guide you through the claims process, as well as providing advice on how much compensation you could get for slipping on a wet floor.

Accidents involving a slip on a wet floor can happen due to severe weather, spillages or other factors in public places such as a restaurant or a supermarket.

They can also happen in work environments. Within this guide, we’ll explain the circumstances that may allow you to claim for injuries if you slipped on a wet floor. We’ll also discuss the process of claiming and potential compensation amounts.

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  1. Can I Claim For Slipping On A Wet Floor?
  2. How Can I Prove That The Floor Was Wet?
  3. How Much Compensation For Slipping On A Wet Floor? Examples Of Payouts
  4. What Are The Causes Of Slipping Over On Wet Floors?
  5. I Slipped On A Wet Floor – Can I Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
  6. Contact Us For Injury Claim Advice After Slipping On A Wet Floor

Can I Claim For Slipping On A Wet Floor?

There are certain circumstances when you might be eligible to claim compensation if you slipped on a wet floor and sustained an injury. While you are working, your employer owes you a duty of care to take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure your health, safety and welfare. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA)

If you would like to claim compensation because you suffered injuries slipping on a wet floor at work, you will need to satisfy the personal injury claims eligibility criteria. This means that in order to have good grounds to claim, you must be able to prove that:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached this duty.
  • You suffered an injury as a result. This could be a mental or physical injury, or both.

If you would like to further discuss the eligibility criteria, please contact a member of our advisory team.

How Can I Prove That The Floor Was Wet?

If you have slipped on a wet floor and wish to make an accident at work claim, you will need to provide evidence that highlights your employer’s negligence as well as the injuries you suffered as a result.

As such, you may consider gathering evidence including:

  • Medical evidence – your solicitor could request a copy of your medical records as part of the claim. It may be useful to collect any letters from the hospital or GP surgery that treated you too. Medical evidence can highlight your injuries and indicate what caused them.
  • Photographic evidence – make sure to photograph any visible injuries as well as the scene of the accident and any hazards that caused your accident. Furthermore, if your workplace has CCTV, request the footage. This will be helpful in showing exactly what happened and whether employer negligence was the cause. 
  • Evidence from witnesses – if your colleagues or anyone else witnessed your accident, ask them for their contact details. That way your solicitor can get in touch for a written statement confirming your version of events.
  • A report in an accident book – all workplaces with more than 10 employees should have an accident book under law. When you record the slipping accident, make sure to explain exactly what happened. You could ask a colleague to do this for you if you are unable to do so at the time, but always make sure you check what’s been written before signing it off.

It’s worth noting that if you have slipped on the floor at work, our solicitors could arrange an assessment with an independent medical expert. They’ll assess your injuries to determine the extent of the harm you experienced and if they were caused as a result of your employer acting negligently. Get in touch for more information.

How Long Do I Have To Claim After I Slipped Over?

If a wet floor causes you to slip, compensation could be owed to you if you sustain an injury as a result and could prove it was due to negligence. However, you are required to make you claim within a certain time period – 3 years. This time limit can be found in the Limitation Act 1980.

There can be exceptions to this time limit in some cases. If the injured party is a child, then the 3-year time limit doesn’t start until the day they turn 18 – when they are old enough to start a claim on their own behalf. A representative (usually someone close to the child, like a family member) could potentially claim on the injured party’s behalf before they turn 18 if they can be appointed as a litigation friend.

The time limit for claiming is suspended if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make decisions independently. In such cases, a representative may be able to start a claim on the injured party’s behalf as a litigation friend.

If you suffered injuries when you slipped on a wet floor, you might be eligible for compensation.

How Much Compensation For Slipping On A Wet Floor? Examples Of Payouts

So, let’s take a look at how much compensation for slipping on a wet floor it’s possible to recover in a claim.

If you suffered injuries when you slipped and fell down on the floor, your settlement might include both general damages and special damages. In this section, we are going to look at how general damages will be assigned value.

After making a successful claim for slipping on water, you would receive general damages to compensate for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. To help assign value to your injuries, legal professionals use a document titled the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). It provides guidance in the form of compensation brackets for different injuries.

In our table below we’ve included injuries you might suffer if you slipped on a wet floor from the JCG. It should be noted that the top row is not from the JCG. We’ve only provided the attached figures to help you understand how this element of your claim will be valued.

Type of InjuryCommentsAmount
Multiple Serious Injuries and Special DamagesYour settlement can compensate for more than one very serve injury and incurred costs, including home help and lost wages.Up to £250,000+
Back Injury - Severe (i)Severe damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots that lead to serious consequences, such as incomplete paralysis.£91,090 to £160,980
Back Injury - Minor (i)A soft tissue injury, sprain or strain that fully recovers within 2-5 years without needing surgery.£7,890 to £12,510
Leg Injury - Severe (i) The Most SeriousA severe leg injury that has fallen short of requiring amputation, such as the gross shortening of the leg.£96,250 to £135,920
Leg Injury - Severe (iv) ModerateA severe crush injury or multiple fractures in one leg. How much that is awarded will be affected by various factors, such as the extent of treatment undertaken.£27,760 to £39,200
Leg Injury - Less Serious (i)A fracture that has made an incomplete recovery, or a serious soft tissue injury.£17,960 to £27,760
Arm Injury - SevereA severe arm injury that doesn't require amputation. However, the injured person is little better off. £96,160 to £130,930
Arm Injury - (d)A simple forearm fracture.£6,610 to £19,200
Ankle Injury - ModerateLigamentous tears or fractures that cause mobility difficulty, such as on uneven ground and stairs. £13,740 to £26,590
 Foot Injury - ModerateDisplaced metatarsal fractures that result in continuing symptoms and a permanent deformity.£13,740 to £24,990

The figures you can see above come from the latest edition (17th) of the Guidelines, published in 2024.

If you would like a free claim evaluation or any assistance using our compensation calculator, call our advisors.

Can I Claim Back Money I Lost After Slipping On A Floor?

Some successful claims may also recover special damages to reimburse you for any expenses incurred as a result of the injuries you suffered when you slipped on the floor.

Costs you could recover in a successful accident at work claim include:

  • Loss of earnings.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Home help, such as a cleaner while you recover.
  • Transport costs.

In order to recover your expenses, you should save proof of your costs and submit them as part of the personal injury claims process. For example, you could save your receipts and payslips.

As part of valuing your potential claim, one of the advisors from our team can advise on what costs you could recover under special damages.

What Are The Causes Of Slipping Over On Wet Floors?

Let’s take a look at some examples of how wet floor slips can happen.

  • Dropped Liquids – Slip hazards such as these could be present in a variety of places. For example, a supermarket floor could be wet due to spillages, like dropped oil or eggs, or due to cleaning. If the wet area is not clearly signposted or promptly cleaned up, then customers or employees could slip and injure themselves.
  • Lack Of Warning Signs – If a spillage has been discovered but cannot be cleaned up right away, the hazard should be identified and signposted. The wet floor sign you can see in the image below is an example of what should be used.
  • Unsafe Stairs – For instance, there could be damage to or liquid on the stairs that makes them slippery or uneven. This could be caused by the likes of a leaky roof or pipe.
  • Weather – Some entrances or lobbies for buildings can have doors that lead directly outside. If it is raining outside and water enters the building, this could lead to the floor in the lobby becoming a slip hazard. The occupier of the building needs to take measures to reduce this risk of slipping, such as the introduction of anti-slip flooring or weather-proof mats.

If you’d like to find out more about whether your injury was caused by negligence, reach out to our advisors today. We are ready and waiting to help you.

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Injuries Caused by Wet Floor Accidents

If these steps aren’t taken by your employer to ensure your safety and you have a wet floor accident at work as a result, you could suffer a range of injuries, such as:

 I Slipped On A Wet Floor – Can I Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

You could seek support from a solicitor if you have strong grounds to make a personal injury claim after you slipped on a wet floor. If you get in touch with our team of advisors today to discuss your case, they may connect you with one of our solicitors.

One of our solicitors may offer to help with your personal injury claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee agreement. If you start a slip on the floor injury claim under such an arrangement, you won’t have to pay upfront or ongoing fees for your solicitor’s services. You also won’t need to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim proves unsuccessful.

If your claim is a success, then the No Win No Fee solicitor who supported your claim will be able to take a legally capped percentage from the compensation awarded to you. This is referred to as a success fee.

For more advice on making a personal injury claim after you slipped on the floor with a No Win No Fee solicitor, please get in touch with our advisors. To reach them, you can:

Claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor if you suffered injuries slipping on the floor.

Useful Links

Within this section, you will find some additional resources related to wet floor accident claims. As always, should you have any additional questions if you slipped on the floor due to negligence, please feel free to contact our team.

Slip Trip or Fall Claims

Want to read another one of our trusty and detailed guides? Please click the link.

Office Accident Claims

Our guide on claiming for an accident that occurred in an office, such as wet floor slip and fall accidents.

NHS Head Injury and Concussion

After a slip or fall, you may suffer a head injury. Please click the link to access relevant advise and to learn how the NHS advise you treat a head injury.

Mental Health Services NHS

Unfortunately, you may suffer psychologically after an accident that wasn’t your fault. If that is the case, then please click the link provided to access NHS Mental Health resources. Support is always available.

Other guides you may find useful:

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