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Mopping Accident Claims Guide

By Cat Way. Last Updated 8th March 2024. Welcome to our guide to mopping accident claims. If you sustained an injury at work, or in a public place like a shop or cafe, because of a mopping accident, such as slipping on a wet floor, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Legal Expert can provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your claim for a slip on a wet floor. Legal Expert’s No Win, No Fee solicitors have up decades of experience handling claims for slips, trips and falls and will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries as possible. What’s more, each one of our claimants can claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, thereby reducing your financial risk.

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If you experienced a wet floor accident because of negligence on the part of a restaurant, shop, supermarket, or an accident at work, we can help you to claim. If you are thinking, “I slipped and fell what should I do?”, call Legal Expert today for your free accident claims consultation. If our advisors can see that you have the right to make a compensation claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.

Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 or use our enquiry form. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury because there was, for instance, no wet floor sign warning you of the hazard and you have suffered an injury as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call us today to begin your mopping accident claims. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Mopping Accidents At Work

Many of our clients ask us, “I fell at work, what should I do?” When you are at work, your employer has a duty of care to ensure the workplace is free of risks and health and safety hazards. If such issues exist, steps ought to be taken to reduce them to the lowest level possible. 

If you are injured because of negligence on the part of your employer, they could be held liable for your injuries. If work were injured because of a mopping accident at work while pregnant that was not your fault, which injured you or your unborn child, you could also be entitled to claim. Even though the accident may appear to be the fault of one of your colleagues, if they were not properly trained by your employer, they could still be held accountable for your injuries.

Mopping accidents do not just involve wet floors. They could, for instance, involve a mop handle. Mop handles can be made of plastic as well as wood. Both materials are liable to break, exposing sharp edges and potentially causing cuts and lacerations. In such circumstances, an employer could be held liable if they had not made the required safety inspections of work equipment, or failed to replace equipment that had been reported as faulty. 

Legal Expert can provide you with an excellent no win no fee solicitor to handle your mopping accident claims. Call us today for your free slip, trip and fall injury consultation, to see if you can claim.

Mopping Accidents In A Restaurant

Restaurants can be busy places, where staff often have to rush to complete tasks. Sometimes they do not have the capacity to clean spillages right away, or in some venues, dim and atmospheric lighting may prevent customers from seeing potential hazards on the floor.

If possible, staff should avoid mopping the floor during opening times when guests are being served. If it is unavoidable, for example, there is a large spillage that could endanger guests and staff, the restaurant staff should ensure that correct health and safety measures are taken, such as signposting the area, or roping it off, and cleaning it up so far as possible.

If, for instance, you fell on a restaurant on a wet floor hazard that had not been properly signposted, if it could be shown that the restaurant did not take correct steps to either clean up the hazard or train staff appropriately, you could be entitled to make mopping accident claims.

Mopping Accidents In Shops And Supermarkets

Unsafe mopping practices can also cause accidents in shops and supermarkets. It is common for items in a supermarket to be spilt or dropped, for example, if a customer accidentally knocks a jar of pickles off a shelf, or drops an egg. This creates slipping hazards. If the supermarket staff do not mop it up or signpost the resulting wet floor, this could lead to slipping accidents in which customers or members of staff are injured.

As we have mentioned, if the mopping is not carried out in a way that minimises risk, or the resulting wet floor is not signposted, a slip, trip or fall accident can occur and you could have grounds to make mopping accident claims.

Mopping Accident Claims – Time Limits

Mopping accident claims will be subject to a time limit. This is the time limit in which the claim must be started, or it could be time-barred.

As per the Limitation Act 1980 your time limit will generally be set at three years from the date of your accident. However, this time limit will be different in claims for minors or people who lack the mental capacity to represent themselves.

A litigation friend can be appointed to act as a minor’s representative and start their claim on their behalf while they are still under the age of 18. Once the minor turns 18, they will be deemed capable of starting action by themselves. This is when their 3 year time limit will begin to apply.

The same exception will apply to claims for people who are found to lack mental capacity. A litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf at any point, unless they are deemed capable of acting for themselves. If this were to happen, they would have three years from this date to start their claim.

You can reach out to one of our advisers for more information about your limitation period, or for information about how to start a claim for injuries caused by a wet floor or a mop bucket negligently left in a public walkway.

What Damages Could I Claim If Injured In A Mopping Accident?

If you make a successful claim for a slip and fall accident, your compensation package may include two heads of claim: general damages and special damages. General damages are designed to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced because of your injury. We will consider general damages in more detail below.

As part of mopping accident claims, special damages can be awarded to reimburse the injured person for any expenses or financial losses they have incurred as a result of their injuries.  Some examples of the types of special damages you may be able to claim for a wet floor accident include:

  • Medical expenses such as the cost of any medication, physiotherapy, operations or any other medical treatment you may have needed because of your injuries.
  • Travel expenses, which can include the cost of taking taxis to the hospital or the cost of travelling to and from doctors appointments.
  • Mobility equipment or home adaptation expenses, which you may need if your injuries cause you to become disabled.
  • At home care expenses, such as the need to pay for a carer to help you with cooking and cleaning. It’s also possible to claim an hourly wage for a family member who may have assisted you.
  • If you had to take time off work following your injuries and missed out on pay or bonuses, it’s also possible to recover this loss of earnings costs too.

For more information on mopping accident claims, please read on.

Mopping Accident Compensation Claims Calculator

Since compensation is valued on a case-by-case basis, we can’t offer any guarantees for what you could receive. However, we can give some insight into how compensation amounts are calculated and how many legal professionals evaluate claims for injuries caused by mopping the floor.

As we mentioned above, general damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by the injuries you sustained as a result of your slip or trip after someone mopped the floor. When legal professionals value this head of claim, they often refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline settlement awards for different types of injuries. Below, you can find some examples of these guidelines taken from the 16th edition of the JCG.

Please only use this table as a guide.

Injury Severity Notes on injury Potential compensation
Hand Serious (e) Included would be cases where several fingers have been amputated but rejoined to the hand leaving it clawed, clumsy, and unsightly, or amputation of some fingers together with part of the palm resulting in gross diminution of grip and dexterity and gross cosmetic disfigurement. £29,000 to £61,910
Hand Moderate (h) Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations. The top of the bracket would be appropriate where surgery has failed and permanent disability remains. The bottom of the bracket would be appropriate for permanent but non-intrusive symptoms. £5,720 to £13,280
Hand Minor (w) This will include fractures which generally have recovered in six months. Also injuries such as scarring, tenderness, and reaction to the cold where there is full recovery. Up to £4,750
Back Moderate(ii) Many frequently encountered injuries to the back such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries resulting in a prolonged acceleration and/or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition. £12,510 to £27,760
Head Minor Head or Brain Injury (e) If there is any brain damage, this will be quite minimal at this level. £2,210 to £12,770
Leg Less Serious (iii) Simple fractures to tibia or fibula or soft tissue injuries Up to
Shoulder Minor (i) Soft tissue injury to shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within 2 years. £4,350 to £7,890
Wrist Minor (f) Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so. £3,530 to £4,740
Neck Minor (ii) Where a full recovery takes place between three months and a year. This bracket will also apply to very short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually less than one year. £2,450 to
Chest Minor (g) Fractures of ribs or soft tissue injuries causing serious pain and disability over a period of weeks only. Up to £3,950

For more information on claiming for injuries caused by someone else mopping the floor and failing to appropriately signpost a wet floor, contact our team of advisors today.

No Win, No Fee Mopping Accident Claims

If you have legitimate grounds to make mopping accident claims, we can give you the option of pursuing a claim under a No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).  A CFA gives claimants financial security and the confidence to pursue justice. You will not have to pay an upfront solicitors fee when you make your compensation claim, nor will you have to pay any fees while the claim is ongoing.

And if your case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your claim. 

If your claim does succeed, your solicitor may seek a small contribution toward their costs. This contribution is known as a success fee and forms a nominal percentage of your compensation. Don’t worry, success fees are legally capped and will be set out in clear terms within the CFA.  Therefore, for many of our clients making a No Win, No Fee claim is the least stressful option.

To learn more about how making a No Win, No Fee claim for slipping on a wet floor can benefit you, call Legal Expert today to talk about your options. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, we can provide you with an excellent No Win, No Fee solicitor to handle your claim.

How To Contact Us And Start A Claim

If you’d like a free consultation about making mopping accident claims, please call us today on 0800 073 8804 or use our enquiry form.

One of our knowledgeable advisors will speak to you in detail about your ordeal and if you are entitled to claim compensation, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to work on your case.  So call Legal Expert now to begin your claim. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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