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Spillage Injury Claims Guide – Are You Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Spillage?

By Cat Way. Last Updated 1st March 2023. Welcome to our spillage injury claims guide. Have you been injured in an accident that was caused by a spillage? If the spillage was not your fault, you could make a spillage injury claim for compensation. Spillages are known for causing slips, trips and falls, leading to all sorts of injuries, from soft tissue injuries to fractured and broken bones. Whether you experienced your injuries because of slipping on a spilt drink in a restaurant, a supermarket accident, diesel spills, a spillage at work, or a spillage on the road, as long as your accident was caused by negligence on account of a third party you can trust Legal Expert to help you claim the compensation that you are entitled to.

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Spillage injury claims guide

Legal Expert is a top personal injury firm that can help you claim spillage injury compensation from the person responsible. We offer a free legal consultation to all potential clients wishing to make a spillage injury claim for compensation. During your consultation, one of our friendly advisors will assess whether or not you have grounds to make a valid claim, estimate how much money your spillage injury claim could be worth.

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If you get in touch with our advisors about making a claim, you will be given the option to make a No Win No Fee spillage accident claim for compensation, which we are happy to discuss with you in detail. We would love to help you make your spillage accident claim if you have legitimate grounds for compensation.

If you experience slips, trips and falls due to a spillage in public, your workplace or elsewhere, see if you could claim compensation for a spillage injury. Call us on 0800 073 8804 to speak to our friendly legal advisors about spillage injury claims. You can also use our online contact form, or message our live chat for instant answers.

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A Guide To Spillage Injury Claims

Spillage accidents occur when liquid or another substance is spilt onto the floor and causes someone to slip or trip unwittingly. At Legal Expert, slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common type of personal injury we help clients claim personal injury compensation for. Whilst some of these types of accidents only cause minor injuries, other slip, trip and fall accidents can cause more serious injuries such as fractured bones, broken bones or severe soft tissue injuries, which can be quite debilitating. If the person falls awkwardly onto another obstruction, this can cause further harm, such as a cut or laceration injury.

Unfortunately, accidents caused by spillages are very common. The Health And Safety Executive states that slips, trips and falls are the most common form of accidents at work, which are caused by spillage accidents at work. For example, a spillage at work of a beverage in a staff breakout area that is not immediately cleaned up could cause another employee to slip, potentially leading to injuries. This could lead to the employer being held liable for the employee’s injuries. Similarly, spillages on the road can be a worrying health and safety hazard.

Examples of spillage causes and accidents

If an oil spill or diesel spill happens on the road and results in an accident where another road user is harmed, the party responsible could be held liable for their injuries if a road traffic accident claim or motorcycle accident claim is bought against them.

Customers can also be the victim of slip, trip and fall accidents, for example, slipping on a spilt drink in a restaurant or a supermarket accident caused by a spillage. Again, if this happened because the management did not immediately mop up a spilt beverage or liquid and leave a sign, they could be held liable for the customer’s injuries, leading them to make a restaurant injury claim or shop injury claim.

If you experience a spillage injury, contact Legal Expert to see if you could claim compensation. Some spillage injury claims are worth tens of thousands of pounds or even higher. So, it’s well worth pursuing compensation.

What Are Spillage Accidents And Injuries?

Spillage injuries are very common. And they occur when someone slips, trips or falls on a spill, usually a liquid. Many people will experience slip or trip accidents, and thankfully, most do not result in a serious injury. Unfortunately, some slips, trips and falls can result in more serious injuries, ranging from musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains to fractured or broken bones. In very extreme cases, a spillage accident can lead to permanent paralysis, for example, if someone breaks their neck on impact when they fall, or death, for example, if they hit their temple on a hard surface.

Oil Spills Leading To Road Traffic Accident Claims

Let’s look at spillage injury claims on the road. Oil spills, diesel spills and other fuel spillages on the road are serious safety hazards that can cause road traffic accidents. It is an offence in Britain to allow liquids or any other matter to cause a spillage on the road. If a road spillage occurs, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority should know right away. Often the police and fire brigade are involved and the road closes. As we know, drivers have a duty of care towards other road users.

According to the law, if oil spills or diesel spills occur, the person or party who caused the spillage on the road is held responsible, whether it’s a lorry driver that was driving negligently or a company that violated health and safety regulations when transporting these substances. People injured because of these spillage accidents on the road are entitled to make a road traffic accident claim for compensation. If you have been injured due to an oil spill or diesel spill on the road, contact our diesel spills claims solicitors today to enquire about making a road traffic accident claim with a Legal Expert.

I Slipped On A Spillage In A Restaurant, Can I Claim Compensation?

As we have said, restaurants are legally obliged to provide their staff and customers with a hygienic and safe working environment. If a staff member is injured due to the restaurant neglecting their duty of care towards their staff or customers, they could be held liable for their injuries and have a restaurant injury claim for compensation made against them. These laws are not written without good reason; professional kitchens found in restaurants, hotels and other popular eateries can be hazardous, and serious injuries can occur if proper health and safety accidents aren’t followed.

For example, a kitchen worker would suffer severe burns. They could slip due to a spill on a kitchen floor caused by contamination. If they then grabbed something hot by accident, or spilled something hot on themselves, they could suffer third-degree burns and require extensive hospital treatment. The restaurant could receive a fine with their management attending a health and safety course as a result. Customers could be in danger of experiencing slips, trips and falls. That could be if food and beverage spills remain on wet floors that don’t have to signpost.

Accidents that involve slipping on a drink in a restaurant are unfortunately common. If you experience a spillage accident in a restaurant, you could make a restaurant accident claim for compensation. Call Legal Expert today to enquire about claiming spillage injury compensation today.

Slip, Trip And Fall Spillage Injury Claims Against A Supermarket

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, supermarkets are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to create an environment where their customers are unlikely to become injured. This means that if a customer is injured in a supermarket in an avoidable accident because the supermarket neglected their duty of care, they may be held liable for the customer’s injuries. Under the Health And Safety etc. Act 1974, businesses like supermarkets have a duty of care towards their employees. Again, they can be held liable for any injury their employees sustain if they are the result of the supermarket acting negligently.

For example, customers can suffer slips, trips, and falls if they encounter products such as drinks or liquid foods that have been dropped and not cleaned up or slips on floors that are fresh from mopping that have not been properly signposted. Similarly, supermarket staff can suffer be involved in accidents caused by spillages at work, when similar accidents in supermarkets occur on the shop floor and in storage, breakout areas, or office areas that they have access to. If you wish to claim compensation for a spillage related supermarket accident, contact Legal Expert today to see how much compensation you could claim.

Spillage Accident At Work

As we have established, employers are responsible for their employee’s health and safety whilst at work. This means that they have a duty of care towards their employees. They’re responsible for taking all reasonable measures to protect employees from health and safety hazards. Such hazards could potentially cause accidents, including spillage accidents at work.

For example, if there is a spillage at work, which could be anything from a beverage being spilt in a breakout area of an office environment to oil spills in a car mechanic’s workshop, and correct procedures are not followed, leading to a spillage accident at work where the employee is injured, the employer could be held accountable for their injuries. If you have experienced a spillage accident at work, and wish to claim compensation for your injuries, call Legal Expert today to see if you are owed spillage injury compensation.

Can I Claim Compensation For Injuries Caused By A Spillage In Public?

If you suffer a slip, trip or fall from a spillage in public, the local authority should manage the space. Unfortunately, claims against your local council or authority can be the most difficult to make. That’s because it can be hard to prove that your council was responsible for the spillage. For example, if a child drops ice cream on a shop floor and someone slips and hurts themselves five minutes later, the shop would be liable for these injuries. If the same thing happened on a pavement in public, then the council would be liable for this because local authorities do not police or supervise public spaces at all times.

To successfully claim compensation for spillage in public, you will also have to prove that the spillage was known to the council and did not act to remove this hazard. Therefore their negligent inaction caused the accident. If you believe you might have grounds to make a spillage injury claim for an injury caused by a spillage in public, call Legal Expert today. And we can then help you in any way we can with your spillage injury claims.

Am I Eligible To Make A Spillage Injury Compensation Claim?

If you experience a spillage injury due to an accident, you could make a spillage injury claim for compensation. Whether you experience a spillage accident at work, an accident from a spillage in public, spillage on the road, or a spillage in a shop, supermarket or restaurant, you need to be able to prove that someone else has a duty of care towards you and that they’re liable for your injuries.

If you hire a personal injury solicitor, they will help you obtain evidence about the duty of care. Call Legal Expert today. So, if you have a legitimate claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer. And they will work to build your case for your personal injury claim.

Slip Trip And Fall Claims – Example Settlements

Now that we’ve explained when you can claim for slipping on a wet floor, you may be wondering how much compensation is generally awarded in slip, trip and fall claims. Compensation in personal injury claims can be split into two heads: general damages and special damages.

General damages provides compensation for your injuries, as well as the pain and suffering they cause you. When solicitors are evaluating how much you could receive for your injuries, they can reference the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a text that offers guideline compensation amounts for a variety of injuries and illnesses, some examples of which you can see below.

Type of injury & severityFurther notesSettlement band
Wrist injuries - (F)Soft tissue injuries such as damage, dislocation, or others which can rapidly heal. £3,530 to £4,740
Wrist injuries - (C)Injury may result in some form of permanent disability such as pain and stiffness.£12,590 to £24,500
Wrist injuries - (B)Some useful movement remains but the injury will cause significant and permanent disabilities.£24,500 to £39,170
Wrist injuries - (A)Injuries resulting in the permanent loss of wrist function.£47,620 to £59,860
Ankle injuries - ModestSprains, ligament injuries, and undisplaced fractures.Up to £13,740
Ankle injuries - ModerateThere will be some disabilities, such as difficulty standing or walking for long periods. Examples include fractures and ligament tears. There could also potentially be a risk of osteoarthritis.£13,740 to £26,590
Ankle injuries - SevereThere will be a lengthy recovery period with extensive treatment needed such as plaster or pins. The injury will result in some form of long lasting disability. £31,310 to £50,060

Ankle injuries - Very SevereInjuries are limited and unusual e.g. extensive soft tissue damage and transmalleolar fractures.£50,060 to £69,700
Back injuries - Minor (i)Full recovery occurs without surgery within 2-5 years. £7,890 to £12,510
Back injuries - Moderate (ii)Common back injuries such as muscle and ligament disturbance. There could also be soft tissue injuries that exacerbate a pre-existing condition for 5 years or more. £12,510 to £27,760
Back injuries - Severe (iii)Soft tissue injuries that cause chronic conditions or disc fractures and lesions. Disabilities will remain, such as severe pain and depression.£38,780 to £69,730

Can I Also Claim Special Damages?

Special damages compensate you for the financial losses you suffer because of your injuries. For example, this could include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical bills
  • The cost of prescriptions
  • Home adjustments
  • Mobility aids

Read on to learn more about how to make a claim after a fall, or get in touch with our team to find out how one of our solicitors could help you claim.

No Win No Fee Spillage Accident Claims

If you experience a spillage injury, you could claim compensation for your injuries. You have the option to make a No Win No Fee spillage accident claim for your injuries. What is a No Win No Fee claim? This means that you only pay your solicitor’s fee if you win your compensation claim. That’s right. There are no upfront fees and no ongoing fees to pay.

This means that a No Win No Fee spillage accident claim is the more affordable way to receive compensation. What’s more, there is no financial gamble. That’s because if you don’t win your spillage injury claims, there’s no fee to pay.

Legal Expert Can Help You

If you’re the victim of a spillage accident, you could claim spillage injury compensation. Why are Legal Expert the best solicitors to help you make a personal injury claim? Firstly, slip, trip and fall claims are the most frequent, and they have an excellent track record of winning these.

Secondly, our lawyers have years of experience in practising personal injury law. So, you are sure to be in safe hands. They will always fight to get you maximum compensation that you deserve and guide every step of the process. Thirdly you will have the option to make a No Win No Fee spillage accident claim, meaning that you only pay us if and when you win.

Contact us about your spillage injury claims.

Call Legal Expert today for legal advice about how to start a claim. Or use our contact form to take advantage of your free legal consultation within the 3-year time limit. One of our advisors will let you know if you have a legitimate case for claiming spillage injury compensation. And we will estimate how much money you could claim. And should you wish to proceed, you will have an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. Call today to get started with your spillage injury claims and to find out exactly how to claim.

Useful Links

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall Claim?
Please find out how much compensation you can claim for a slip, trip, and fall injury with our comprehensive guide.

HSE on Emergency response / spill control

The HSE website on spillage accidents.

The HSE – Preventing slips and trips at work

How to prevent slips and trips at work and guidelines on spillage accidents.

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Spillage Injury Claims FAQs

What percentage of a settlement does a No Win No Fee solicitor take?

The legal cap means that solicitors can take no more than 25% of the compensation for their legal fees.

What are the compensation for injuries?

These are the monetary values that the victim receives after claiming an accident due to negligence.

How much compensation will I get for slipping on a wet floor?

This will depend on the severity and lasting effects of your injuries, plus any financial losses you may have experienced as a result.

How long after an injury can you claim compensation?

You have up to three full years after the accident to claim compensation.

Can I claim for falling in the street?

If you have fallen in the street, you can only claim if you could prove it was due to the negligence of another party, such as the local council.

Can I sue the council for falling over?

If you fell over and were injured due to negligence on the part of the council, you could potentially sue them for damages.

Are slip and fall cases hard to win?

They can be difficult because of the evidence that you require to prove the negligence of the defendant.

How long does it take to settle a slip and fall?

This can take anything from 12-18 months, possibly longer if the defendant refuses to admit liability.

What is the difference between damages and compensation?

Damages represent the money victims receive for losses, whereas compensation covers financial relief due to specific injuries.

What is a serious injury claim?

This is an injury that could cause significant disruption to the victim’s life, possibly permanently.

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