Can You Sue For Slipping On A Wet Floor?
Have you slipped on water at work due to someone else’s negligence? Did you injure yourself when you did? Then this guide will show you how you may be able to make a personal injury claim for an accident at work.
Your employer should take reasonable steps to protect your health and safety at work. This includes providing you with a safe working environment. If they don’t, then they could be liable to pay compensation if you consequentially suffer harm.
All claims have unique aspects, so you might not find the answers to all of your questions in this guide. If this turns out to be the case, you can still get the answers you need. All you have to do is reach out to our personal injury claim advisors on 0800 073 8801. They will answer your queries and explain how to get your claim underway.
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Select A Section:
- A Guide To Claims If You Slipped On Water At Work
- What Is A ‘Slipped On Water At Work’ Accident?
- Injuries Caused By Having Slipped On Water At Work
- Causes Of Slipping On Water At Work
- Health And Safety Laws In The Workplace
- What Is Your Employer’s Duty Of Care To Prevent Slips And Falls?
- Calculating Compensation If You Slipped On Water At Work
- Special Damages If You Fell On A Wet Floor At Work
- No Win No Fee: Slipped On Water At Work Injury Claims
- Why Claim For An Accident At Work With Us?
- Begin A Slipped On Water At Work Accident Claim
- Essential Work Accident Resources
A Guide To Claims If You Slipped On Water At Work
You could sue for slipping on a wet floor, provided it was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you slip on water at work, and you can prove that your employer was at fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. This guide will go over the basics of why you might have a valid claim and how to get such a claim started.
The first part of this guide is related to how these types of accidents happen. We will look at the causes of them, and also some of the typical types of injuries they could cause. You will find information about the rules and regulations that apply to workplace safety as well as an explanation of your employer’s duty of care to keep you safe at work.
The second part of this guide covers specific aspects of the claims process. We have included a table that shows how the level of harm you suffer could impact the level of compensation that you receive for your injuries. We also explore how you could recover the financial losses your injuries cause.
Lastly, we explain what a No Win No Fee claim is and how you could benefit.
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What Is A ‘Slipped On Water At Work’ Accident?
When you go to work, you trust in your employer to provide you with a safe environment. This may include making sure that water spillages or other liquids are cleaned up appropriately and a floor sign is placed at the slip hazard. If water isn’t cleared properly or a caution sign doesn’t alert you to the it, you may slip and injure yourself.
Sometimes, you may slip through your own negligence. You may be running and ignore a visible floor sign and then slip and injure yourself. However, in other circumstances, the liability for your injuries may fall with your employer.
If the water can’t be cleaned up straight away, it could be clearly signposted as a hazard when noticed and not left unattended. Employees should be trained in safety and should be aware of the appropriate process behind clearing spillages. If an employer fails to take reasonable measures to ensure that a spill is removed or the risk of the hazard is reduced, they could be liable if someone is injured after slipping.
Injuries Caused By Having Slipped On Water At Work
If you have slipped on a wet floor at work, you may have suffered any number of injuries. Some injuries might be trivial, but others could be severe or even fatal in extreme circumstances. For example, a person who suffers from osteoporosis may have a higher risk of enduring serious injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall.
Injuries caused by slipping on water could include:
- Lacerations, cuts and grazes.
- Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries.
- Fractures of all kinds (such as simple fractures or complicated fractures).
- Dislocations of the shoulder or hip.
- Head injuries, such as concussion.
No matter what injuries you have suffered from, you could be able to claim for them in the right circumstances. You could call and speak to our claim experts to find out if you have a valid cause to seek compensation.
Causes Of Slipping On Water At Work
There are many ways that a hazard could cause you to suffer a fall on a wet floor at work. Trips, falls and slips are some of the most common of all types of workplace accidents. In fact, the most common accident to cause injuries in the workplace in 2019/20 (according to employer reports) were slips, trips or falls on the same level. They accounted for 29% of reported injuries.
When it comes to slipping on water at work, you could fall foul of hazards such as:
- Leaks from pipes that haven’t been maintained regularly.
- Spillages on the floor of your work canteen that were noticed but weren’t cleaned and a floor sign wasn’t placed.
- Water or other liquids that have been spilt on a stairway and noticed but not attended to.
If your employer caused and could have reasonably prevented your slipping injury, they could be liable in a compensation claim. You can call us and talk to our advisors to learn whether you could claim.
Health And Safety Laws In The Workplace
As we have previously mentioned, your employer should take reasonable measures to keep you safe at work. This is a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Other laws include:
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: Regulation 3 builds on the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and includes duties employers have to evaluate risks (such as slip hazards) and react as necessary.
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992: Regulation 12 requires employers to ensure floors are suitable and in good condition as wells as free from hazards.
To help employers follow health and safety laws, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) offer guidance. For example, for the cleaning industry, there are specific HSE guidelines that deal with spillages. The HSE may visit employers to investigate specific incidents or if they have evidence that health and safety performance is poor.
Because of health and safety laws, if you slipped and fell on a wet floor at work due to the negligence of your employer, you could be able to make a claim against them. Our team can tell you how to go about starting such a claim if you give them a call.
What Is Your Employer’s Duty Of Care To Prevent Slips And Falls?
As discussed in the section above, there are laws in place that mean your employer has a duty of care to protect your health and safety at work. Therefore, if you have slipped on water at work, you could be able to claim if your employer caused your injuries.
However, you would have to prove your employer was negligent. This is where your employer’s duty of care becomes important. A valid workplace accident claim would exhibit the following three factors, which make up the definition of negligence:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care to protect your health and safety.
- Because your employer failed to meet this duty of care, you suffered an accident.
- The accident caused your injuries.
You might be unsure of the validity of your own claim. Don’t worry, we can help with this. Simply call and talk to one of our advisors. They will let you know whether you have a potentially valid claim or not.
Calculating Compensation If You Slipped On Water At Work
If you have slipped on a wet floor at work, the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries could depend on how severe your injuries were. Additionally, the effect they had on your quality of life would be considered when valuing compensation.
In the table below, you can see that the more serious injuries will generally receive a higher compensation award. Not included in the table, however, are the compensation figures for any financial losses you suffer. (These are known as special damages and we look at those in the section below. Compensation for injuries, pain and suffering is known as general damages.)
The general damages figures in the table below are based on the parameters in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a publication solicitors may use to help them value injuries.
|Hand injury||Moderate||£5,260 to £12,460||This category would include moderate injuries to the hand. Crush injuries, lacerations and soft tissue injuries are some examples.|
|Hand injury||Less serious||£13,570 to £27,220||An example of an injury that could fall into this category is serious crush injuries causing significant impairment.|
|Hand injury||Severe fractures to fingers||Up to £34,480||Fractures that have serious consequences such as partial amputations or impairment of grip.|
|Wrist injury||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture||In the region of £6,970||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture|
|Wrist injury||Complete loss of function in the wrist||£44,690 to £56,180||Injuries might include those where an arthrodesis has been performed.|
|Ankle injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||Less serious injuries such as undisplaced fractures and sprains.|
|Ankle injury||Very severe||£46,980 to £65,420||Injuries falling into this category would be severe and unusual.|
|Foot injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||Injuries include simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments and puncture wounds.|
|Foot injury||Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||Injuries such as displaced metatarsal fractures that cause permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms.|
|Foot injury||Amputation of both feet||£158,970 to £189,110||A common feature of this amputation is loss of the ankle joint.|
If you search the internet, you might be able to find an automated personal injury claims calculator. These calculators can be helpful and can make a rough estimate of how much compensation you could receive for your injuries. But to get a more accurate idea, you could have an expert evaluate your claim for you. Our advisors could help with this. Give us a call and explain your situation so that they can estimate the value of your claim for you.
Special Damages If You Fell On A Wet Floor At Work
If you fall on a wet floor at work due to someone else’s negligence and successfully make a compensation claim, you could be offered a settlement. This settlement could encompass two heads of claim. The heads of claim are general damages (for physical or mental suffering) and special damages (for financial loss).
An Overview Of General Damages
General damages compensate you for the injuries and suffering you endured after you slipped on water at work. This could include both psychological and physical harm. When deciding on the value of general damages, legal professionals may consider:
- How lengthy and intrusive treatment was.
- How you were affected psychologically.
- Whether you have long-term or permanent impairment or disabilities.
An Overview Of Special Damages
When you slipped at work and were injured, you may not have realised the financial losses you’d accrue due to the injuries. Rest assured, you could be compensated for these through special damages.
Special damages might include:
- Travel costs. You may have had to travel to appointments or solicitors’ meetings because of your injuries, for example.
- Lost income. Perhaps you took time off work and were not paid in full while you recovered.
- Medical fees. You may have paid for prescriptions or medications to help treat your injuries.
- Lost future earnings. You may have to change career or give up working altogether due to your injuries.
- The cost of medical care. Did you hire help because you needed somebody to take care of you at home? Even if your family or friends provided gracious care, you could claim their time as compensation.
- Modifications to your home. You may have had to fit safety rails in your bathroom because of an ongoing medical problem caused by your injuries.
It is important to note that if you intend to try and claim back money you already had to spend because of your injuries, you will need to provide proof. Receipts, tickets, invoices and bills are examples of what you could use to evidence your losses.
What Types Of Damages Can You Claim?
If you slipped on a wet floor at work and it wasn’t your fault, you might attempt to claim compensation. The types of damages that you pursue could depend on the circumstances of your claim and your evidence. Our team can give you a rough idea of the types of damages you might be able to claim. Call and talk to one of our advisors today.
No Win No Fee: Slipped On Water At Work Injury Claims
You probably heard the phrase No Win No Fee before. But do you really understand what it means? In general, it means that you wouldn’t pay a solicitor their fee if you didn’t win your compensation claim. But there are other benefits too.
Another name for a No Win No Fee agreement is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under such an arrangement, your solicitor would agree that their fee will be conditional on them winning your claim for you.
You would not be charged a solicitor’s fee at the start of your claim. And, you would not be charged solicitor fees during the case either.
Of course, if the claim fails, your lawyer would not be paid their fee at all. But if your claim is a success, your lawyer would be able to take a success fee that you discuss and agree to before you sign the No Win No Fee agreement. This success fee is legally limited in its amount.
Why Claim For An Accident At Work With Us?
What is the procedure if you slip on a wet floor? Firstly, you should make sure that your injuries have been treated properly. Then, you should ensure that your accident was entered into the company accident book.
Afterwards, you may feel you have a reason to make a compensation claim. And if you do, we might be able to help you. All you have to do is give us a call on the number below, and follow our simple three-step process.
- Contact our advisors and explain your case to our team. They will provide you with any more information and answers you need.
- One of our expert advisors will look over your claim and evaluate it for free. They will tell you whether you have a potentially valid claim or not.
- If your claim is valid, we can arrange for a No Win No Fee solicitor to start working on your case.
To get in touch, use any of the methods below. Our advisors are available whenever you need them. You’ll be given free legal advice and won’t be under any obligation to proceed with the services of our solicitors.
Begin A Slipped On Water At Work Accident Claim
Do you think you have a valid reason to make a claim against your employer for an accident at work? If you slipped on water at work and were injured due to your employer’s negligence, then we might be able to help you. You can:
Essential Work Accident Resources
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Guide by MW
Edited by RV