How Much Can I Claim For Slipping On A Wet Floor?
By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 1st September 2023. If you slipped on a wet floor and suffered an injury or illness as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. We’ll explain what your rights are in this situation and how we could successfully guide you through the claims process.
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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Select a Section:
- Slipping On A Wet Floor – Who’s To Blame?
- Evidence To Support Claim If You’ve Slipped On The Floor And Been Injured
- Fall Claims – What Could I Be Compensated For?
- Compensation For Injuries After Slipping On A Wet Floor
- Examples Of Slipping Over On Wet Floors
- I Slipped On A Wet Floor – Can I Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
- Contact Us For Injury Claim Advice After Slipping On A Wet Floor
In order to form the basis of a valid personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that:
- A relevant third party owed you a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- Because of this breach, you were harmed.
A duty of care is a legal responsibility for someone else’s well-being. For example, when you are working, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This means that they have to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe while working. Similarly, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA) states that the person in control of a public space owes a duty of care to those who visit or use the space for its intended purposes.
One example of a breach of a duty of care could be if your employer was aware that there had been a spillage, creating a slippy floor, but took no steps to clean it up or properly signpost it. If you then slipped on the wet floor and suffered injuries, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
To learn more about claiming after slipping on a wet floor, get in touch with our team of friendly advisors today.
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.
Slipped On A Wet Floor – How Long Do I Have To Claim?
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.
The amount of compensation you could receive from fall claims can depend on many different aspects. Injuries caused from slipping on a wet floor can be life-changing due to their severity. The compensation you receive can be based on factors such as the extent of your injuries and your loss of amenity.
Loss of amenity relates to the loss of enjoyment caused by the injury or the degree to which you’re unable to perform everyday tasks because of it.
You would only be able to claim for a slip on a wet floor if you can prove that your injury was a result of third-party negligence. Our solicitors won’t waste your time – they will help build your case if they think you have a good chance of success.
Please read below to learn more about the different types of damages you could receive compensation for when claiming. Furthermore, please note that, due to needing to prove negligence, you would need to receive general damages compensation from the claim to potentially receive special damages compensation.
More Payouts For Wet Floor Accident Claims
If you’re making a claim for compensation because your injuries were sustained after you slipped on a wet floor, then figures other than general damages could be included in your settlement. These additional amounts are called special damages.
Special damages account for the money you have had to spend or have lost out on due to your injuries. If you’ve been injured due to negligence by falling on a slippery floor, here are some examples of special damages that you could claim:
- Damage to property –If you fall on a wet floor, it’s possible that you could land on something like your smartphone or watch. If personal items such as these are damaged, then the cost of repairs can be included in your compensation as a special damages payment.
- Medical expenses – For instance, you may require medication such as prescription painkillers, for which you’ll need to pay. These costs can be reimbursed to you.
- Loss of earnings – Whether permanently or temporarily, your injuries could mean you are unable to work. If so, any wages you cannot earn during this period may be returned to you as part of your settlement.
- Other expenses – You may have spent money on an activity such as a holiday. Your injuries may prevent you from travelling or enjoying the trip as much as you would have done, pre-injury.
There are other costs that can be associated with a special damages payment. Get in touch with us today to find out more.
As we discussed above, 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. We’ve only provided the attached figures to help you understand how this element of your claim will be valued.
|Type of Injury||Comments||Amount|
|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 Serious||A 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) Moderate||A 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 - Severe||A severe arm injury that has fallen short of requiring amputation and has left the person little better off than if it had been amputated.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Arm Injury - (d)||A simple forearm fracture.||£6,610 to £19,200|
|Ankle Injury - Moderate||Ligamentous tears or fractures that make it difficult to walk on uneven ground, stand/walk for a long time and with awkwardness on stairs.||£13,740 to £26,590|
|Foot Injury - Moderate||Displaced metatarsal fractures that result in continuing symptoms and a permanent deformity.||£13,740 to £24,990|
|Wrist Injury - (e)||An uncomplicated Colles' fracture.||In the region of £7,430|
If you would like a free claim evaluation or any assistance using our compensation calculator, call our advisors.
To help you better understand when an injury caused by slipping over could be an example of negligence, we have included some illustrative scenarios in the list below. However, there are other instances that could be described as negligence.
- Wet floors – Slip hazards such as these could be present in a variety of places. For example, a supermarket floor could be wet due to spillages or cleaning. If it is not clearly signposted or promptly cleaned up, then customers or employees could slip and injure themselves.
- Unsafe stairs – For instance, there could be damage to or liquid on the stairs that makes them slippery or uneven. Alternatively, there could also be debris that causes a risk to employees or members of the public. There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of falls on stairs.
- Inclement 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.
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.
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:
- Minor injuries, such as bruises or soft tissue damage
- Cuts and grazes
- Muscle strains or tears
- Ankle injury
- Back injury
- Shoulder injury
- Neck injury
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Psychological injury
- Knee injuries – check out our guide on “how much should I settle for a knee injury?“
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:
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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.
Want to read another one of our trusty and detailed guides? Please click the link.
Our guide on claiming for an accident that occurred in an office, such as wet floor slip and fall accidents.
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.
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.
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