By Brett Williams. Last updated 10th July 2021. If you’ve been injured in a mopping accident, caused by somebody else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In this guide we’re going to look at the reasons why somebody else might be liable, the amount of compensation you could be paid and how a no win no fee solicitor could help you. Mopping accident claims might be possible if you’re a cleaner and have been injured while mopping in certain circumstances which this guide will also cover.
Here at Accident Claims UK, we have a team of advisors who can offer a free assessment of your claim to help determine your chances of being compensated. If the case is strong enough, our panel of personal injury solicitors could help you make a no win no fee claim.
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Select A Section
- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Mopping Accident
- What Are Mopping Accidents?
- How To Correctly Mop And Clean Floors
- How To Prevent Slips Caused By Mopping And Cleaning
- Slips Caused By Wet Or Mopped Floors At Work
- Slips On Mopped Floors In Restaurants And Cafes
- Slips On Mopped Floors In Shops Or Supermarkets
- Slips On Mopped Floors In A Hotel
- I Was Injured In A Mopping Accident, What Compensation Could I Claim?
- Calculating Compensation For A Mopping Accident
- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Mopping Accident
- How Accident Claims UK Could Help You
- Contact Accident Claims UK
- Further Resources
A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Mopping Accident
The potential for accidents such as slips or falls caused by mopping might seem obvious. However, to be able to claim compensation for a mopping accident using a no win no fee service, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that the accident was caused by some form of negligence. During this guide, we’ll look at the different scenarios which could lead to a claim and how somebody else might be liable. We’ll also look at who you should tell about your accident and what evidence you could use to support the claim.
Importantly, to be able to seek compensation, you need to make your claim within the personal injury claims time limit. This is a 3-year period from the date of your accident or the date you found out about your injuries. Claiming after this period will likely mean that your claim is dismissed.
There are some common injuries which can occur following falls which could lead to claim including:
- Cuts and bruises.
- A head injury (including concussion).
- Soft tissue injuries.
- A back injury.
- Broken bones or fractures.
These could be possible to passers by who’ve slipped on an area which has been mopped and also the cleaner who has mopped an area.
What Are Mopping Accidents?
Mopping accident claims might be possible in a number of different scenarios. The most common accident is where somebody enters an area which has been cleaned (or is being cleaned) and then slips on a wet area causing them to fall and injure themselves.
These types of accidents can lead to painful injuries and could lead to a claim because:
- Warning signs weren’t used.
- Signage or cones were in place but there wasn’t enough of them.
- Incorrect mopping procedures were used including where too much water was used.
A cleaner could also make their own claim if they’ve been injured while mopping because they’ve not received enough training from their employer on how to mop correctly or were not provided with protective work equipment.
If you’re involved in an accident involving a wet floor which might lead to a claim, there are a number of things you could do to make your claim easier. These include:
- Photograph the scene of the accident. Do this as soon as possible because once the scene has been cleared, there won’t be any obvious evidence to prove your claim.
- Ask witnesses for their details. Also ask them to provide a statement of what happened.
- Report the accident. If you’re at work or in a public place such as a shop or restaurant, the accident needs to be recorded in an accident report book. A copy of the report can be used as evidence to support your claim.
- See if there was any CCTV footage covering the area.
- Visit a doctor for treatment. Even for minor injuries, you should be checked over. The medical records created by your doctor can be used as evidence in your claim.
- Photograph your injuries. Keep a track of your injuries by photographing them over time.
For more on mopping accident claims, please call our specialists today.
How To Correctly Mop And Clean Floors
There are a number of measures that a cleaner can take to avoid a mopping accident from taking place. These include:
- Mopping the area when there are less people around. This could include out of hours cleaning.
- Cleaning the area in sections to allow a dry area to always be available. In this situation, the wet area should be marked out by warning signs or cordoned off in another manner to make it obvious that it’s being cleaned.
Other techniques that a cleaner can use to help prevent a mopping accident include wringing out the mop so excessive water isn’t used, using a dry mop after cleaning has taken place to speed up the drying time and opening any ventilation to allow the floor to dry more quickly.
It might also be prudent to deny access to areas being cleaned to completely remove the risk of a slip or fall. That’s because, even when warning signs are in place, people might ignore them if they think that the floor is dry enough to walk on.
How To Prevent Slips Caused By Mopping And Cleaning
Claims for slips, trips and falls are often made when inadequate warning signs are used to highlight the risk of slipping. When mopping a large area, there should be enough warning signs to ensure that anyone passing can see where the floor is still wet.
If you’ve slipped in a wet corridor where there was only one warning sign at each end, you might be able to seek compensation for any injuries caused by your fall. This is because there should be warning signs place periodically along the corridor to highlight that cleaning is taking place or has recently happened. The same is true if you’re in a shop or an office where a warning sign placed at the entrance but nowhere else.
We’ll provide some scenarios in shops, workplaces, hotels and restaurants in the coming sections of this guide to give a better understanding of when you could claim compensation for a mopping accident.
Slips Caused By Wet Or Mopped Floors At Work
Under the rules of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers need to take steps to keep staff safe wherever possible. Therefore, a claim for a slip on a wet floor in your workplace might be possible if mopping was taking place but the safety measures mentioned earlier weren’t being followed.
A claim might be possible if the cleaner chose not to follow the correct procedures or they hadn’t been trained properly by the employer.
You shouldn’t worry about making a claim for an accident at work as it’s illegal for you to be disciplined, sacked or persecuted for doing so. Your employer is required to have insurance to cover any such claim so don’t be put off from seeking the compensation you could be entitled to. To learn how to start mopping accident claims today, why not get in touch with our team?
Slips On Mopped Floors In Restaurants And Cafes
Although spillages in restaurants and cafes are generally beyond the owner’s control, you could still begin a compensation claim for a slip on a wet floor if you’re injured and the correct procedures weren’t followed.
An accident in the main part of restaurant might occur following a spillage because the staff’s natural instinct is to get the area cleared and cleaned up as quickly as possible. That’s fine, but they still need to ensure it’s obvious to customers that the area is being cleaned or has been cleaned recently and that there is a wet floor.
The same is true if a cleaning is required in other areas of the restaurant such as corridors or toilet areas. In all these scenarios, it is imperative that warning signs are used to highlight the risk, or the area is closed off while the floor dries.
If you’ve been injured in a restaurant or café and would like to discuss a claim, please get in touch with a member of our team today. We can assess your claim for free and help you decide whether you have a valid case for compensation or not.
Slips On Mopped Floors In Shops Or Supermarkets
There are a number of scenarios in a supermarket which could lead to the floor needing to be mopped. These include:
- Refrigerator or freezer leaks.
- Items being dropped or spilled by customers.
- Excessive water at the entrance due to rain outside.
- Leaking pipes or roofs.
Supermarkets and shops are usually quite busy places and they’ll probably have somebody responsible for cleaning up in any of the above situations. However, due to how busy they are, mistakes can sometimes be made with the cleaning procedures meaning guidelines or training aren’t followed correctly.
Therefore, if you’ve slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, then you could seek compensation for any injuries if it wasn’t clear that the floor had been recently cleaned. Obviously, if a spillage or leak hasn’t been cleaned up at all, you could also claim for injuries caused during an accident in a shop.
As advised earlier, evidence will make your claim easier so try to photograph the cause of your fall, report the accident to shop staff and ensure you receive proper medical treatment for any injury.
Slips On Mopped Floors In A Hotel
Hotel owners and management have a duty of care towards all guests, visitors and staff to try and keep them as safe as possible. Therefore, while cleaning the hotel is vital to ensure it meets hygiene standards, the same is true of how the cleaning is completed.
In an ideal world, cleaning a hotel would happen out of hours. However, guests arrive and leave at all times of the day and night which means cleaners need to work around guests and ensure they take steps to prevent slips and falls on a wet floor.
There are many places where a mopping accident could happen in a hotel including:
- The entrance or foyer.
- In dining areas.
- Around swimming pools or in the changing area.
- In gyms or changing areas.
- In corridors outside of hotel rooms.
If a floor outside of a hotel room has been mopped recently then it’s possible a guest could step out of their room straight onto a wet and slippery floor. Obviously warning signs could help reduce that risk but it would be advisable to inform each guest in that corridor verbally that the cleaning is happening.
I Was Injured In A Mopping Accident, What Compensation Could I Claim?
When you ask a personal injury lawyer to begin a claim for injuries caused by a mopping accident, they can use a number of different elements (known as heads of loss) to compile the claim. We’ve listed a few heads of loss below.
- General Damages. This is paid to compensate for the pain and suffering your injuries caused.
- Medication Costs. You might incur prescription or treatment costs because of your injury. If that’s the case, they could be included within your claim.
- Travel Costs. If your injuries mean you have to adjust the way you travel, i.e. you’re unable to drive for a while, then you could claim for alternate travel arrangements. You could also include the costs for fuel and parking when attending medical appointments.
- Personal Property Costs. If any item of personal property was damaged during a fall, you could claim for the cost of repairing or replacing it. Mopping accident claims might include damage to clothing, jewellery or mobile phones.
- Lost Income. When you need to take time off work to recover or attend doctor’s appointments, you could claim if you lose income. Also, for long term injuries, you could seek future loss of earnings too.
- Care Costs. If your injuries are serious enough that you require professional care to help you recover from your injuries, then the cost of that care could be included in your claim too.
The financial parts of the claim are known as special damages. To help your solicitor claim for these, you should try and keep hold of any receipts or bank statements. Also keep a diary of when you spend money and how it was linked to your injuries. Also, you should check with your
solicitor before committing to any large expenses to see if you’ll be able to claim them back.
Calculating Compensation For A Mopping Accident
We know that you might want to know how much compensation you could be entitled to. While it’s impossible for us to estimate your compensation amount without speaking to you, the personal injury compensation calculator table below shows the general damages payments (mentioned in the previous section) that could be made for some injuries.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Range of Compensation||Notes|
|Back||Minor to severe||Up to £141,150||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as bruising, strains and sprains and rises to injuires which are painful until healed (long term).|
|Neck||Minor to severe||Up to £130,060||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as soft tissue injuries rising to injuries which will result in loss of movement and permanent pain.|
|Toe||Moderate to severe||Up to £49,180||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as soft tissue damage rising to injuries which result in the amputation of all of the toes.|
|Ankle||Minor to severe||Up to £61,110||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as simple strains and sprains but rises to complete loss of function of the ankle permanently.|
|Foot||Minor to very severe||Up to £96,150||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as tissue damage injuries and rising to a much more serious injury resulting in the loss of the entire foot.|
|Leg||Minor to severe||Up to £119,210||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as simple soft tissue injuries but rising to much more serious problems leading to permenant disability.|
|Hand||Minor to serious||Up to £54,280||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as a soft tissue damage injury and then rising up to an injury resulting in long-term loss of the use of the hand.|
|Wrist||Minor to severe||Up to £52,490||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as simple soft tissue damage and moving up to loss of the function of the wrist (permanently)|
|Arm||Moderate to severe||Up to £114,810||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as those which are painbul but will heal eventually and going up to permenant damage which causes paralysis.|
|Finger||Minor to severe||Up to £32,210||This is a compensation range which starts with payments for injuries such as soft tissue damage injuries through rising to amputation of one or multiple fingers.|
Bear in mind that this is a small sample of injuries that can occur during a mopping accident. Also, the amount of compensation paid is determined by the severity of an injury. This won’t be known until you’ve been assessed by an independent doctor. To get a better estimation of how much compensation you could be paid in mopping accident claims, please speak with one of our advisors today.
No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Mopping Accident
When using a no win no fee solicitor to help claim compensation for a mopping accident, you can be reassured that you only have to pay the solicitors fees if they are successful and you receive compensation.
At the start of the claim process, when you’re happy to proceed, you’ll be provided with a conditional fee agreement (or CFA). This is an agreement between you and your solicitor. It will confirm the solicitor’s fees don’t have to be paid if they lose the case and it will also outline how a success fee works.
Success fees are used to cover the solicitor’s fees if they win the case. However, you don’t have to pay the solicitor from your own funds. The success fee, which is capped by law at 25%, is automatically deducted from your compensation payment.
Using a no win no fee service makes claiming a lot less stressful and reduces financial risk too.
How Accident Claims UK Could Help You
If you’re looking to begin a personal injury claim following a mopping accident, then Accident Claims UK could help you. When you contact us, one of our friendly advisors will assess your claim for free. They’ll listen to what’s happened, how you were injured and what evidence you have to support your claim.
If they believe you have a strong case, they could introduce you to one of our specialist solicitors who’ll work on a no win no fee basis if they take on your claim. Our solicitors have up to 30 years’ experience in making personal injury claims. They know what’s needed, and what’s not, to demonstrate liability properly.
Contact Accident Claims UK
If you’re ready to begin a claim, you can contact Accident Claims UK in a number of ways. These include:
- Calling our advisors free on 0800 073 8801.
- Using our live chat facility.
- Starting your claim online by filling in this claims form.
- Or sending us an email with details of your accident to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, as part of your claim, we offer free legal advice and a free initial consultation. One of our advisors will look at the evidence you have to support your claim including witness statements, medical records and accident reports. They’ll then work out whether you could go on to make a no win no fee claim.
To assist you further, we’ve provided some additional resources and links which you might find useful.
Slips During Cleaning – A guide from the Health and Safety Executive which could help prevent a wet floor accident from occurring.
Broken Bone Guidance – Information from the NHS which can help you if you’ve broken a bone.
Accident In A Supermarket – This guide explains what to do following an accident in a supermarket and when you could make a claim.
The Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 – This is the legislation which could support a claim if you had a work accident involving mopping.
Wet Floor Accidents – If you’re looking to make a claim following a slip on a wet floor caused by something other than mopping, this guide could prove useful.
Accident At Work Claims – A detailed look at the types of accident at work claim you could make.
Mopping accident claims FAQs
Let’s now take a look at some common questions relating to mopping accident claims. If you need anything else answered, please get in touch:
What are mop accidents?
There are several types of accidents involving mops that can occur. An example is where somebody slips on a wet floor where warning signs have not been used following mopping. Another example is where a cleaner injures their back while mopping becuase of a lack of proper training.
Can you sue if there is a wet floor sign?
Mop accident claims might be possible even if a warning sign has been used near to a wet floor. If the signage was not placed in a prominent position or if there were not enough signs in place, a claim might be possible if you were injured as a result.
How much compensation do you get for slipping on a floor?
The amount of compensation paid in mopping accident claims will vary depending on the nature of your injuries. For example, if you slipped on a wet floor and sprained your wrist, your compensation will be less than if you suffered a life-changing neck injury. Claims can also include expenses incurred as result of your injuries such as lost income.
Who is liable for a mopping injurty?
Liability in mopping accident claims will be determined by who caused the accident to happen. For example, if a company’s cleaners failed to use warning signs after mopping the floor, it is likely that the company could be sued if you were injured as a result. If you sustain back injuries whilst working as a cleaner, your employer might be liable if you hadn’t been trained properly on how to mop safely.
Thanks for reading our mopping accident claims guide. If you require any further information, please call an advisor today.
Article by Brett.