If you have been involved in a slip, trip or fall accident then you may already know just how painful they could be and sometimes embarrassing. If your accident has taken place in a toilet then this may make it an even more embarrassing occurrence. The floor in a toilet could often be wet either with water or worse. Unfortunately slip, trip and fall accidents that occur in a toilet could be more common than people realise. In this guide, we will take a look at what rights you have when it comes to making a personal injury claim for an injury that has occurred when you have slipped or tripped over in a toilet. We will also look at the sort of compensation amount you may be able to entitled to for your claim and how you could go about making a claim. We will look at how claimants may be able to make a claim for compensation when they have slipped on a wet floor in a toilet, but the accident was not witnessed. If you have any questions that are not covered in the guide or want to discuss the specifics of your case and whether you could claim, then give us a call on 0800 073 8801.
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- A Guide To Slipping In A Toilet Compensation Claim
- What Is A Toilet Slip Accident You Could Claim For?
- Who Is Responsible For You Slipping In A Toilet?
- Hazard Warning Signs And Other Reasonable Steps To Prevent Toilet Slips
- I Slipped In A Toilet At Work, Could I Claim Compensation?
- I Slipped In A Toilet In A Pub Or Nightclub, Could I Claim Compensation?
- Do I Have A Valid Claim For Slipping In A Toilet Or Bathroom?
- What To Do If You Slip In A Toilet?
- Slipped In A Toilet – Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- What Other Damages Could I Claim?
- No Win No Fee Claims For Injuries Caused By Slipping In A Toilet
- Could You Handle My Claim For A Slip In A Toilet?
- Talk To Our Accident Claim Experts
- Essential Resources
If you have had been involved in a slip accident that occurred as a result of a wet floor in a toilet then you may not be able to make a claim simply because you have slipped in a toilet. In order to make a claim for compensation, you would need to be able to prove that the liability for the accident lies with another party and that they owe a duty of care to you, the claimant. The responsible party may be the operator or owner of a bar, a restaurant or any other place that is owned/operated by someone else. It may even be your employer if the incident occurred in your workplace. Proving liability in this type of claim could be tricky so it could be a good idea to speak to a solicitor who has experience of this type of claim, they could be able to help you pursue your claim in order to achieve a successful result. In order for your claim to be successful, you would need to be able to show that someone else was in some way responsible for the accident and that that person could have been in a position to correct the situation that led to the accident.
With this type of accident, the definition of “reasonable” is somewhat flexible and there are a number of factors that may come into play. Usually, the Occupiers Liability Act could be applied. This act ensures that the owners of the toilet have a duty of care when it comes to ensuring that no injuries befall those who are using the facilities within the toilet area. In order to make a claim, you would need to be able to prove that reasonable or necessary steps were not taken in order to prevent you from having slipped in a toilet that the liable party was responsible for.
Unfortunately, accidents do sometimes happen and it would not be possible to make personal injury claims as no amount of precautions could have prevented it from happening. You would need to prove that the accident was caused by the negligence of the person responsible for the upkeep of the toilet and that they have failed to take reasonable steps to rectify any issues and prevent a bathroom fall. In the case of a toilet, what constitutes reasonable could vary in certain circumstances – for example, if the spillage just occurred then those responsible may have not had enough time to rectify the issue.
Toilets should be checked on a regular basis in order to ensure that appropriate cleaning is carried out where necessary. This means that any liquids that have accumulated on the floor should be cleaned up and / or appropriate “Wet Floor” signage used. As part of a regular health and safety routine, most toilets should be inspected on a frequent basis; as much as hourly during busier times. There is usually a check sheet posted on the door that will show the frequency of these inspections and when they were last carried out. This may be classed as having taken reasonable steps, and under these circumstances, the company you are looking to make a claim against may be able to defend that claim.
A leak or a burst pipe where the accumulation of liquid on the floor that is not as a result of spillage may be grounds for a claim if the owners of the toilet have not taken action to rectify the issue. This is another circumstance where appropriate “Wet Floor” signage should be used.
Slips, trips, and falls could occur anywhere but in order to make a claim for compensation if you have slipped in a toilet, you have to be able to prove that the liability for the slip lies with a third party and not with you. Whether your toilet accident took place in a shop, a bar, restaurant or even a library, the owner of the business has a responsibility to ensure the safety of members of the public whilst on their premises. If they fail in this duty and you are injured as a result of this negligence then you may be able to claim compensation for your injury.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident where you slipped in a toilet but you are unsure if you would be able to make a claim then why not contact our team of advisors who would be able to discuss the details with you.
It is generally accepted that when a floor is wet, a yellow “Wet Floor” sign is erected to alert people to any potential dangers of slipping. This signage gives notice that you should take extra care and could be used to indicate a number of things from a floor that has just been mopped to an area where there is a spill or leak that is being dealt with. If you have been injured when you slipped in a toilet where there was a wet floor but no warning sign, then you may be able to claim compensation. The other party may be seen to be liable for your accident because they did not display a warning sign.
Where the warning sign is being used to provide caution about a newly mopped floor this should be considered reasonable steps. If there have not been any precautionary measures put in place when there is a leak or spillage in a timely manner then if a person is injured due to a slip they maybe eligible to make a claim.
Can I sue my employer if I slip and fall in a workplace bathroom? If you slipped in a toilet at work and were injured as a result of the accident then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer if it can be proven that the accident could have been prevented. The legislation that covers toilets in public locations also covers those in the workplace and employers should not only take measures to ensure that toilets are checked regularly but also that wet floor signage is used when appropriate. If you slipped in a bathroom at work, the first step that you should take would be to report the accident to the appropriate person and ensure that it is recorded in the accident report book. You should also, if possible, take a photograph of the floor showing the wet area.
You could use the services of a solicitor to help you claim as they would be able to gather evidence to support your claim, even if there were no witnesses. If the cleaning log indicates that the toilets were not regularly cleaned, then this may provide sufficient evidence of negligence on the part of your employer. If the slip was caused as a result of a leak then you or your chosen solicitor would need to establish when the leak began, whether it was reported to your employer and if they took the necessary steps to have it repaired. These steps could include the placing of yellow hazard signs to alert employees to the problem in the short term and calling in a plumber to make the appropriate repair work within an appropriate timeframe.
If it could be shown that your employer did not act promptly to rectify the leak then you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation in respect of your accident.
If you are not sure if your circumstances mean that you can make a claim for compensation, then simply contact our helpline and we would be able to advise you further.
Unfortunately, accidents could happen no matter where you are. The last thing that you may want to take place when you are enjoying a night out is to have a slip in the toilet and become injured. If you were in a pub or nightclub when you had a slip in the toilet which resulted in an injury then you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation. If you are considering making a claim for compensation for an accident that happened in a pub toilet then there are a couple of things you may wish to do.
What To Do If You Slip In The Bathroom?
- Report the incident –It is wise to do this as soon as possible, and if you have not done so at the time when the accident took place then it could be a good idea to email the pub to inform them. If they do not have an email address then you may wish to contact them by phone or in writing but do keep a copy of communication if you can.
- Ask about CCTV – whilst there may be no footage that covers the inside of the toilets they may have footage that covers the doors and may show you entering and exiting the toilets. This may show if you appear to be injured on the way out. It could also be used to indicate if you appeared to be steady on your feet, or not.
- Witnesses – were there any witnesses to the incident? If so, it might be wise to try and gather contact details if there was someone else who witnessed the accident that caused your injury
- Seek medical advice – It could be a good idea to be checked over by a medical professional. Sometimes injuries could become worse over the course of a couple of days. This is sometimes what happens when you slip on a wet floor. Having a note of your injuries in your medical records may be useful to your claim. If you’re asking how long do you have to go to the doctor after a slip and fall, we’d advise you to go as soon as possible, simply to get the most appropriate advice and treatment, but you would also have to see an independent medic as part of your claim too.
- Alcohol – if you had been drinking then the third party may try to use this against you as the reason that the accident occurred. Being under the influence may not prevent you from making a claim if there was water on the floor and you could provide evidence that the third party had not taken the appropriate measures to ensure that it was dealt with appropriately and as quickly as possible.
You may be wondering if you have a valid claim for compensation from slipping in a toilet? Unfortunately, an injury alone is not grounds to receive compensation. You will need to be able to prove that the management or owner of the building where your accident occurred was negligent in their duty and as a result of this, you were injured. A personal injury solicitor who has experience of working in this area may be able to argue on your behalf if the injury was caused due to a wet floor that the other party was aware of and where the appropriate steps had not been taken to ensure the safety of others. These steps might include placing yellow warning signs near the wet floor to warn of the dangers and in the case of a leak calling in a plumber to repair the damage as soon as possible.
If you are looking to make a compensation claim for slipping on a wet floor then there are a few things that you could do that may help if you should decide to make a claim.
- Report the accident
- Collect contact details of any witnesses
- Take photographs of the spillage that caused you to slip.
- Get your injuries checked out by a doctor
All of these steps may help to provide a solicitor pursuing a personal injury claim on your behalf with the evidence that they might require to form a strong case. If you were not able to report the incident when it occurred then it might be wise to contact the venue where it took place as soon as it is practical to do so. This will enable them to write the details down in their accident book.
You may be wondering how much compensation you might be able to claim for your injuries. Unfortunately, we would not be able to put an exact figure on the amount, and neither would a personal injury claims calculator. This is because details and injuries, including recovery times, could vary from one case to another. Therefore, it is not possible to give an accurate amount. The table below gives a guideline to the compensation amount that your claim may fall into under guidelines issued by the Judicial College.
|Injury type||Severity of injury||Amount|
|Leg injury||Moderate - complicated, or multiple break injuries, usually only to one leg. Impact on claimants ability to work may be taken into account.||£26,050 to £36,790|
|Knee injury||Moderate - including torn cartilage/meniscus which could exacerbate pre-existing conditions||£13,920 to £24,580|
|Hand injury||Less serious - Crush injuries leading to impaired function without being treated with surgery or despite being treated with surgery||£13,570 to £27,220|
|Wrist injury||Injury resulting in significant permanent disability, but where some useful movement remains.||£22,990 to £36,770|
|Elbow injury||Where recovery from fracture or soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete, the award will rarely exceed £8,740 ( £9,620 with 10% uplift).||Up to £11,820|
|Back injury||Minor in severity. Including bruising or sprains and other temporary back conditions. Recovery between 2-5 years||£7,410 to £11,730|
|Neck Injury||Minor in severity. Including bruising, soft tissue or sprains and other temporary neck conditions. Recovery between 1-2 years.||£4,080 to £7,410|
This list is not exhaustive, there are other injuries that could occur as a result of a slip accident, such as a head injury, a fractured hip, or another fracture for example. If you cannot see your injury on the table then please contact us to discuss your circumstances in greater detail.
In addition to your claim for the injury that you have suffered as a result of your accident, you may be able to request compensation for some additional damages that you might have acquired because of the accident. These additional damages could include:
- Loss of earnings – If your injuries have resulted in time off work or a reduction in normal working hours then it could be possible to be able claim compensation for the loss of these earnings and also for future ones.
- Medical costs – If you have had to pay for additional treatments such as physiotherapy or medications you may be able to claim for these.
- Travel costs – If you are not able to get treatment or hospital appointments on your own and have to use other forms of transport then you might be able to claim these costs.
- Care costs – if you have required assistance in your daily life because of your accident then the person that cared for you might also be able to claim for these costs
If you have another cost that you believe is linked to you having slipped in a toilet and been injured then we would be able to advise you if it could be included in your claim.
You might be wondering how a solicitor working on a no win no fee basis could help you with your claim? If you are concerned about the upfront costs associated with retaining a solicitor, then a no win no fee agreement could be an appropriate way forward when it comes to making a claim. This type of arrangement works by using a CFA – a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a document that would be given to you by your solicitor. The document would lay out the percentage of money that would be paid to your solicitor at the end of a successful claim. This amount is referred to as a success fee and is only paid out if your claim for compensation is successful.
If your claim is found to be valid but there is no payout then you would not need to pay anything to your solicitor. If you are worried that all of your compensation would be paid out to your solicitor then don’t be -the success fee would be no more than 25% of your total compensation amount because the government have put a cap on these payments. All you would need to do is sign the agreement and a solicitor would be able to go to work on your behalf, helping to prove your claim and achieving the best settlement payout possible for you if you have slipped while using third parties toilet facilities and been injured.
At Accident Claims, we believe that every claimant should be treated as an individual. We will do this by looking at all the details that relate to your case and ensure that everything is in order to move forward with your compensation claim. We understand that being injured as a result of an accident could result in a number of different types of injuries, that different people recover at different rates and that each claim can vary significantly from one to another.
The team of advisors at Accident Claims are here to assist you with your claim for if you have slipped in a toilet and been injured. Whether you have any questions, need more information about the claims process or want to begin pursuing your claim we are here to help. Accident Claims are dedicated to helping claimants to achieve the maximum compensation payout possible for their so that they could get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Whether you would like some advice that would assist you in making a claim through a no win no fee solicitor or you are ready to start the claims process Accident Claims could help you.
We can be contacted in a number of different ways. Simply choose the one that is most convenient and practical for you.
- By phone – call our freephone helpline on 0800 073 8801 and one of our helpful advisors will be able to assist you.
- By email – if email is your preferred method of communication, then you can get in touch with us using firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By live chat – for your convenience, we also have a Live Chat features on our website that is available 24/7, along with our online enquiry form.
Whichever way you prefer to get in touch with us when you do we will discuss all the details of your slip, trip or fall injury with you so that we could give you a free, no-obligation consultation regarding the potential for compensation in respect of your claim. Then if you choose to proceed with your compensation claim we would be able to put you in touch with a solicitor who would be able to help you achieve the best payout for your claim. If you choose not to go ahead with a claim you would no be pressured to do so. The decision to make a claim is up to you. All of the advice that we offer is done on a free, no-obligation basis, whether you opt to use our service to assist with your claim or not.
Claims Calculator – Our claims calculator may be useful if you would like to see an estimate of the amount of compensation you might receive for your injuries.
Workplace Injuries – Our general guide to workplace injuries should answer any questions you might have if your accident occurred at work.
Accident Recovery – Our general guide provides useful information to those who are recovering from an accident.
Treatment For Falls – Useful information from the NHS site on treatment and symptoms of falls.
Guidelines For Preventing Slips – HSE guidelines for preventing slips and trips in public places.
Spotting Slip Hazards – Another useful publication from the HSE.
Article by JJ.
Edited by CK.