How Much Compensation For Slipping On Wet Floor Claim?
By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated 16th June 2021. Welcome to our wet floor accident claims guide. If you slipped on a wet floor and suffered an injury or illness as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation. We’ll explain what your rights are in this situation and how we could successfully guide you through the claims process. To learn more, please read on or get in touch today.
What happens when slipping on a wet floor?
Wet floors are dangerous, particularly when such a hazard is not properly signposted to prevent accidents from happening. If there is no wet floor sign visible, an area can become dangerous for public use.
Owners and operators of public spaces have a duty of care to do as much as reasonably possible to ensure that they are safe for public use. It is fair to say that floors can become wet in many different circumstances, and not all circumstances are foreseeable. However, if this duty of care is breached and you suffer as a result, you could hold those responsible for your accident liable by making wet floor accident claims against them.
Accidents can happen due to wet or contaminated floors causing a person to injure themselves seriously. Wet floors can happen in public places due to a sudden change in the weather or a spillage at a restaurant or supermarket; however, such situations must be dealt with in a timely manner so as to eliminate any danger to the public.
Injuries due to wet floors do not only happen in public places but also at work, in work environments. Employers must keep their workplace safe for their employees to work in. It is very easy for floors to become wet and contaminated in many different areas of work.
If you have slipped on a wet floor at work with no wet floor signs and could have been prevented, you may have a claim for wet floor injury compensation.
The food and drink industry is obviously high in frequency slips for both employees and customers, but slips due to hazardous or wet floors can happen in various workplaces. In our guide below you can learn more about wet floor accident claims.
Select a Section:
- What is a Wet Personal Injury Claim?
- No Win No Fee Wet Floor Injury Accident Claims?
- How to Make a Claim for Slipping on a Wet Floor?
- What can I Claim for after Slipping on a Wet Floor?
- How much Compensation could I receive for Slipping on a Wet Floor? – Updated March 2021
- I Slipped on a Wet Floor there was no Wet Floor Sign can I Claim?
- Places you can Claim Compensation for after Slipping on a Wet Floor
- Supermarket Accidents – Have you Slipped on Wet Floor in a Supermarket?
- Accidents at work –Have you Slipped on Wet Floor at Work?
- Wet Floor Injury Compensation amounts and Case Studies
- Why Choose Us as your Claim Service?
- Wet Floor Accident Claims FAQs
What are wet floor accident claims? Slips that happen due to wet floors can happen anywhere. If a person slips and injures themselves due to a floor being wet, they may have the right to claim personal injury compensation.
Not all incidents of wet floor slips warrant compensation; however, many do. A person can pursue wet floor injury compensation claims if they had an accident that could have been prevented.
A significant cause of people injuring themselves due to wet floors is because there are no visible wet floor signs. Wet floors can be hazardous, particularly if appropriate signage is not visible to a person. It is very important in public places that if there is a spillage or the floor has been wet for any reason, i.e. mopping, wet floor signs are clearly placed around the wet floor to indicate the danger.
If the floor is wet, but the appropriate measures have not been taken to highlight this, and a person injures themselves as a consequence, then they may be able to claim compensation. It is fair to say that people still can injure or harm themselves on wet floors that have visible wet floor signs. However, these are put down to an accident as the appropriate action has been taken to warn the public of the floor being wet.
If you have slipped, or injured yourself due to wet floor that had no visible warning signs, then you can make wet floor accident claims as you have been injured through no fault of your own. A person or company in charge of a public place is responsible for the floor’s condition. Not all wet floor slips are foreseeable by the person responsible, however, for those wet floor injuries that could have been prevented, compensation may be claimed.
It is imperative if you have had an accident due to a wet floor that you manage to acquire as much evidence as possible to facilitate your claim, i.e. images of the floor, whether wet floor signs are visible and how long you feel the floor has been left in this condition. Companies and people responsible can claim that they never had enough time to act, so it’s vital to gather as much evidence as possible. Statistics for the graph may be found here.
Can you make wet floor accident claims with a No Win No Fee agreement? We offer 100% No Win No Fee on wet floor injury compensation claims. If you allow us to represent your case of wet floor injury claims, and we do not succeed, you do not have to pay us a penny.
No Win No Fee or conditional agreements as they are more commonly known are relatively straightforward; if the case does not succeed, the client is not responsible for any of the fees.
There was a law change during April 2013 that meant that solicitors’ fees were capped, and they could not recover all their costs from the opposing side meaning that they had to make up their fees from somewhere else in order to receive a payment if the case was won. Solicitors now take a percentage from the compensation awarded to cover their reaming costs. This percentage is usually 25%.
When a person is pursuing a wet floor compensation claim using a No Win No Fee agreement, they can rest assured that they are not at any financial risk. We pursue all wet floor compensation claims through a No Win No Fee agreement if the case does not succeed then you pay anything.
How do you make wet floor accident claims? It is always highly recommended that a victim of a wet floor injury appoints a personal injury solicitor who has experience working with such cases as they will have the knowledge and expertise needed to claim a wet floor injury compensation to reach its maximum potential. Using a solicitor to pursue any personal injury claim is vital for the claim to succeed as personal injury law can get complicated at times.
Starting a claim for wet floor personal injury can be relatively straightforward. We offer free, legal, and confidential advice to those who want to pursue a wet floor injury claim but are not sure how to proceed. We always recommend gathering as much evidence as possible from the incident so that we can prove that the accident, in reality, could have been prevented meaning that the injury sustained could have also been prevented.
Evidence could include:
- Photos from the scene of the accident
- Witnesses’ contact details (for witness statements)
- Medical records
By calling us today, we can start your wet floor injury claim straight away. We will need some personal information such as name, address etc. We will also need to know how you were injured, what medical attention your sort and if you will continue to need any future treatment. Last but not least, we will need to know where this happened and was it reported.
Compensation that is awarded for an injury that is caused due to a wet floor can cover a range of aspects. Injuries that occur as a consequence of a person slipping on a wet floor can be quite severe; some injuries can also be life-changing. Wet floor accident claims compensation can vary mainly depending on the injury and how long that injury may last.
Two main areas are considered when calculating compensation amounts for those who have suffered a personal injury;
As part of wet floor accident claims, special damages cover personal aspects of the victim’s life that have been injured. Extensive special damages are mainly concerned with putting the person financially back into the position they were in before the injury was sustained, and any future expenses that may occur as a direct consequence of the injury.
Any loss of earnings, i.e. time off work which will be recuperated through special damages and any future loss of earnings or employment. The injury may be so severe that a person can no longer continue with their employment for the foreseeable future and may need to look for a completely new career.
Any out of pocket expenses come under special damages, such as travelling costs to a medical appointment, medical bills, medical care any future rehabilitation costs. If people need their homes re-adapting after a wet floor injury that wasn’t their fault, such adaptation will be covered under special damages.
As part of wet floor accident claims, general damages are mainly concerned with the pain and suffering a person has suffered and may suffer in the future due to their injury. If a person has been injured, when claiming compensation, their pain and suffering will be considered.
If the injury sustained is serious then more compensation is awarded than if it is only a mild injury. How long the damage lasts, the prognosis and other factors also weigh heavy on how much compensation is awarded in terms of pain and suffering.
Injuries that occur due to wet floor incidents that were foreseeable can range from mild injuries such as soft tissue damage and bruising to severe injuries such as fractures, even injuries to the head can occur.
Compensation amounts for wet floor accident claims can range drastically depending on the injury sustained. Injuries that occur due to a wet floor can range from bruising to fractures and even in the most severe circumstances life-changing injuries. Amounts are given regarding the severity of the injury and how long that injury is likely to last, compensation amounts also consider how much disruption the injury has caused to a person’s life.
In the very early stages of a personal injury claim, it is quite challenging to give a precise estimate to how much compensation will be awarded. A slip and fall compensation calculator may help estimate how much compensation can be awarded in such a case.
Estimates can be given using past cases that may be similar, but as no two cases will ever be the same, an actual figure is difficult to give. Personal injury compensation cases are always different; there will be similar aspects however people’s personal circumstances may differ, those with similar injuries may experience longer injury periods than others.
Wet floor accident claims amounts can change from person to person, below is a table that illustrates what past cases may have be awarded in terms of compensation. However, these are just to be used as guides and never to be taken as fact.
Updated June 2021.
|Type of Injury||Compensation Amounts||Comments|
|Back Injury - Severe (1)||£85,470 to £151,070||Cases of severe back injuries where the person suffers permanent injuries such as suffering injuries to the spinal cord or nerve roots.|
|Back Injury - Moderate (1)||£26,050 to £36,390||Moderate back injuries where the claimant could be left with a serious risidual disability. The injury could be a crush or compression fracture.|
|Back Injury - Minor (1)||£7,410 to £11,730||Where the person has sustained a minor back injury. Full recovery will have happened within two to five years.|
|Arm Injury - Severe||£90,250 to £122,860||Serious and severe forms of injury which are debilitating but which fall (just) short of amputation or the loss of the arm.|
|Arm Injury - Forarm Fracture||£6,190 to £18,020||This includes simple fractures of the forearm bones.|
|Wrist Injury - Specific Fractreu||In the region of £6,970||Where the claimant suffered what is termed as an uncomplicated Colles' fracture in the forearm.|
|Wrist Injury (f)||£3,310 to £4,45||Where the claimant susffers a minor or undisplaced form of fracture in the wrist.|
|Leg Injury - Severe||£90,320 to £127,530||Severe forms of leg injuries. These are the most serious form of leg injury short of an amputation and the person may be left with extensive leg injuries.|
|Leg Injury - Moderate||£26,050 to £36,790||How much compensation is awarded will depend on the degree of injury. The person could have suffered a crush injury or a compression fracture.|
|Leg Injury - Less Serious||£16,860 to £26,050||A less serious degree of leg fracture. The claimant may make an incomplete recovery from this injury. The injury level could also include similar soft tissue injuries.|
|Ankle Injury - Very Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||Few ankle injuries fall into this category. They may be unusual, such as a transmalleolar fracture of the ankle which also presents with soft tissue damage.|
|Ankle Injury - Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Soft tissue injuries, torn ligaments and fractures may also be included in this type of injury.|
|Foot Injury - Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||This could include a displaced fracture of the metatarsal bone where they may also be permanent symptoms.|
In most cases, you could be able to claim compensation if you slipped on a wet floor with no hazard sign.
Those who have slipped on a wet floor that has no visible wet floor signs may be able to put in a wet floor compensation claim. A person or company are responsible for public places, it is their responsibility to ensure that areas of which they are responsible and that the public use are safe.
Could you make wet floor accident claims?
If the wet floor is unforeseeable or the responsible person did not have enough time to act, then a claim against them may not be valid. There is room for human error, as owners and companies responsible for public places cannot always see dangers that may happen and they need a sufficient amount of time in order to correct the problem.
If the floor is just recently wet and deemed that the company has not had enough time to act, put out wet floor signs and/or dry the floor, then a claim may not be valid if an accident happened. However if there was wet on the floor that had been there for some time and no action had been taken to warn the public of the danger then it can be claimed that the company or person responsible had been negligent and had not been efficient enough in keeping the floor safe for public use, then a compensation claim for wet floor injury can be pursued.
Warning signs should be placed around the wet floor before it can be dried are essential to prevent accidents. Placing a wet floor sign indicating that the floor is wet can prevent employees, customers, visitors, the public etc. from injuring themselves. If they were not, there may be ground to make wet floor accident claims.
Not all accidents that happen due to wet floors warrant a compensation claim, as they are not all foreseeable. Still, for those times when spills are left, or wet floors signs are not used appropriately the law allows those injured due to such negligence to be able to claim for injuries that are sustained as a consequence.
Who could wet floor accident claims be made against? Slips due to wet floors can happen almost anywhere. With this in mind, it is vital that public places, as well as workplaces, are constantly being managed for risks of wet or contaminated floors to prevent the public, employees and others from injuring themselves.
Some common places where wet floor accidents could happen include;
- Public transport;
- Public places.
To learn more about wet floor accident claims, please read on or get in touch today for some free legal advice.
Wet floor injuries or contaminated floor injuries can happen at supermarkets. A wet floor in a supermarket could be a result of anything from recent mopping to rainwater being walked in from outside.
For example, if it had been raining for some time and the entrance to the supermarket was particularly hazardous, it could be argued that the operators would have had sufficient time to display wet floor signs to alert customers of the danger. If a customer slipped and injured themselves due to the wet floor, they could therefore be entitled to make a claim in this case, as the supermarket failed to uphold their duty of care.
Those who have slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket may have a claim for wet floor injury compensation. Contact us today about making wet floor accident claims.
Slips due to wet floors can very easily happen in workplace environments as well as public places.
Employers have a duty to keep their staff and any people who enter their premises safe as much as they reasonably can, which includes preventing accidents due to wet floors.
What could lead you to make wet floor accident claims? When looking at slips, trips and falls, it is important that we mention the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidelines. The HSE has previously outlined the top 3 causes that contribute to slips and trips, which include:
- Problematic walkways – are they in the right place and are safe to use? Failure to look after pathways could contribute to a slip or trip.
- Bad design and maintenance – Failing to use suitable flooring for the environment, or failing to fit the walkway could cause hazardous conditions.
- Poor housekeeping – failing to uphold a high standard of housekeeping could ultimately result in clutter or tripping hazards going unresolved.
In order to combat the hazardous conditions listed above, thankfully, there are various measures outlined by the HSE that be taken into consideration, such as:
- Risk assessments.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be provided where applicable.
- Routinely inspections of the working environment.
- Considerable housekeeping measures.
- Employers must provide training when suitable.
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
Should your employer neglect their duty of care and you suffer as a result, please contact our team today for a free consultation. Nobody should ever be made to suffer due to the negligence of a third party, and with the support of our team, we could help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Why choose us for wet floor accident claims? We offer a service that is tailor-made for our customers so that each and every need they have is fulfilled.
We fully appreciate that recovering after a nasty accident takes time. Sometimes, rehabilitation is a lengthy process, which is why we ensure that we cover every area and aspect of all our cases, we do not leave any stone unturned ensuring that your personal injury claim reaches its maximum potential.
Our solicitors have decades of experience working with many different cases of personal injury building up an empire of knowledge to be able to succeed in the most complicated of cases. We do not shy away from hard work; we welcome all personal injury cases and commit 100% to our clients.
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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, please feel free to contact our team.
Learn more about the HSE guidelines related to wet floor accident claims by clicking the link.
Want to read another one of our trusty and detailed guides? Please click the link.
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.
How much compensation do you get for slipping on a wet floor?
As shown in the table above, how much compensation you get for slipping on a wet floor will depend on what injury you suffered. In general, the more serious the injury you have suffered, the higher the compensation settlement you could be awarded.
Can you sue if there is a wet floor sign?
Even if there was a wet floor sign and the area was marked out it may still be possible to make a wet floor slip or trip claim. Speak to a specialist solicitor today to find out more.
What will happen if you slip on a wet floor?
If you slip on a wet floor the first things to do include ensuring that you see a doctor or other appropriate medical professional. Next, you should ensure the accident is reported to the appropriate authorities and that you contact a solicitor.
Is it illegal to not have a wet floor sign?
Hazard warning and wet floor signs should be put in place. However, they do not prevent such accidents happening as people could and sometimes do ignore such signs.
What is the average settlement for a slip and fall accident?
As we can see from the table above, there is no such average settlement for a slip, trip or fall accident. If you’d like a free estimate, please get in touch today to receive a consultation.
When should wet floor signs be used?
Wet floor signs should be used if there is a spillage on the floor that can not immediately be cleaned up. They are there to prevent people from having accidents.
What happens if a child was injured?
If the injured party is a child then a suitable adult could claim compensation on their behalf. This adult may act as a litigation friend.
Are there time limits to making wet floor accident claims?
Yes, there are time limits for making wet floor accident claims. In general, you have 3 years after slipping on a wet floor in which to claim. However, exceptions apply, such as cases involving children or mentally incapacitated victims.
Thanks for reading our guide. Once again, please get in touch if you have any questions.