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I Slipped On A Wet Floor, How Much Compensation Could I Claim?

By Olivia Adlington. Last updated 1st March 2021. Welcome to our guide to making a slip on wet floor claim. This guide will look at how if you slip on a wet floor in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then in certain circumstances you could be in a position to make a compensation claim for any harm you suffered. Below, we will cover some of the more common slip claims and explain what it takes to be eligible to make a claim.

If you have questions that this guide doesn’t answer about the personal injury claims process or how a personal injury solicitor can help you, please call our team on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide On Making A Claim If You Had A Slip On A Wet Floor

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Have you slipped on a wet floor in an accident that was not your fault? Do you need answers to questions such as:

  • Can I claim for slipping on a wet floor?
  • How much can I claim for a slip and fall?

If so, this guide to making a slip on wet floor claim should be of great help. We will explore how these claims arise and why you could have a valid basis for making a claim if you are injured in a slipping accident that was the fault of a third party.

This guide starts with an overview of what a slip accident is and why in certain circumstances you could find yourself eligible to make a claim for one. We follow this by looking at some of the types of accidents that could result in a claim, and this includes accidents at work, in a public place, and in a shop or supermarket. Similarly, we cover some of the types of injuries these accidents could cause, including back, hand, wrist, arm and head injuries.

The last part of this guide is all about the financial aspects of the claim. We have provided a table to help you work out how much you could be able to claim, and a list of some of the most frequently awarded types of damages. We will discuss how a personal injury lawyer can process a personal injury claim on your behalf, and lastly, you will find an explanation of how No Win No Fee claims work. If you have questions that this guide doesn’t answer, please call our team on the number at the top of the page.

What Is A Slip On a Wet Floor?

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common kinds of accidents in the UK. These simple accidents can take place anywhere and at any time. If you were involved in a wet floor accident and a third party was to blame, you may be entitled to make a slip on wet floor claim for your injuries.

However, three things will need to be true about the circumstances of your claim for it to be potentially viable. And these are:

  1. The third-party responsible for maintaining the floor or slip hazard owed you a duty of care. 
  2. The third-party breached its duties and, as a result, you experienced an accident. 
  3. You must have suffered some kind of physical or psychological harm as a result of the accident. You must be able to show that your injuries would not have occurred had you not been involved in the accident.

If you are unsure whether you could be eligible to make a compensation claim, speak to one of our advisors today to find out.

What Could Cause An Accident Where You Slip On A Wet Floor?

Many hazards could have caused you to slip on a wet floor and injure yourself. Some examples could include:

  • Water spilt on the floor of an airport bathroom could cause you to slip.
  • You might slip on oil that has leaked from a car engine on a petrol station forecourt.
  • A cup of coffee spilt on the floor of a café could result in you slipping over.

Each of these is an example of the types of slip hazards that could be the responsibility of a third party and potentially a valid cause to claim.

Health and Safety England also outlines the top causes of slips causing injury, which include:

  • Obstructed walkways
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Poor housekeeping
  • Issues with design and maintenance

Could I Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor At Work?

If you have slipped on a wet floor at work and can prove that your employer was responsible for the accident, you could be able to make a slip on wet floor claim.

This is because your employer has a legal obligation to provide you with a safe and healthy place to work. This obligation is enforced by requiring the employer to comply with all health and safety regulations laid down by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) that pertain to the type of business. When an employer fails in their compliance and this results in harm to an employee, they could be liable.

Could I Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor In A Public Place?

In this section, we are talking about slipping on a wet floor in a public place such as a library, public car park, or on public roads, for instance. Some examples of these accidents could include:

  • Slipping over on spilt water on the floor of the bathroom in a library.
  • Slipping on food or drink that has been dropped on a public walkway in your local park.
  • Slipping on a wet floor that has been cleaned, but not dried properly, inside your local council office.

All of these are good examples of the types of hazards that could result in a slip accident in a public place. In each of these examples, if the victim could prove a third party was to blame, a claim might have been possible.

Could I Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor In A Shop Or Supermarket?

Whether you slipped on a wet floor in a shop, slipped on a wet floor in a restaurant, or any other business premises such as a supermarket, you could be able to make a slip on wet floor claim for your suffering.

In the same way that it was explained why your employer could be liable for such accidents, every publicly accessible business premises must comply with all health and safety regulations applicable to the business. Furthermore, the business must have a valid public liability insurance policy in place. If a member of the public is injured in an accident for which the operator of the premises was to blame, they could be able to claim against this insurance policy.

Where Else Could I Slip On A Wet Floor?

These kinds of accidents can be caused by myriad hazards and can take place almost anywhere at all. For example:

  • At an airport, railway station or bus station.
  • At a hotel, guesthouse or resort.
  • At a hospital or your GP’s surgery.

If the victim can prove the premises’ operator was to blame for their accident, they could be able to claim slipped on wet floor compensation for the harm they suffered.

Injuries Which Could Be Caused By A Slip On A Wet Floor

Even though these are often simple accidents, this does not mean that when slipping on a wet floor an injury can’t be serious. For some people, especially the elderly, a slip, trip or fall accident can cause catastrophic injuries, such as a fractured pelvis or hip.

Back Injuries Caused By A Slip On A Wet Floor

A slip can cause a person to twist their back as they try to regain their balance, causing a soft tissue injury such as a sprain or strain. Alternatively, they could land on their coccyx, bruising it or fracturing one of the vertebrae of the back.

Hand, Wrist Or Arm Injuries Caused By A Slip On A Wet Floor

It is a natural response for human beings to try and reach out and break their fall when they slip over. This can cause cuts and grazes to the palms of the hands, a sprained wrist, or even a fractured arm.

Head Injuries Caused By A Slip On A Wet Floor

Although a slip, trip or fall is not likely to result in a catastrophic head injury causing life-threatening brain damage, this could still happen in extreme cases. More normally a head injury caused by slipping over would consist of lacerations, cuts and bruises and possibly a case of concussion.

There Was No A Wet Floor Sign, Will This Affect My Claim?

Why is it possible to slip on the wet floor?

Part of the answer to this question is that the hazard may not have been signposted. In the previous sections, we briefly looked at instances where compliance with health and safety regulations is mandatory.

There are health and safety regulations related to when a slip hazard has to be denoted using a hazard sign, as well as the kind of sign that must be used. If you were to slip over on a hazard that was not signposted or wasn’t signposted properly, you could be able to make a slip on wet floor claim.

Taking photographs to prove the sign was insufficient or non-existent might be a good idea. As could asking witnesses to the accident for their contact details so they can testify that the signage was not in place, or not suitable.

Compensation Calculator For A Slip On A Wet Floor Accident

You might be able to find an online personal injury claims calculator that can provide you with a rough idea of the amount of compensation you could be able to claim for. In our experience, they can be a little tricky to use, so instead, you may like to try using the table below to look up your injury and find the range of compensation you might get for it. The table is based on the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims.

Injured footAmputation£71,640 to £189,110Complete loss of one or both feet.
Injured footSevere£39,390 to £65,710Including injuries that result in a significant loss of mobility for the victim. For example, fractured heels. As well as a very severe injury to just one foot. This might require invasive, traumatic surgery and a long course of treatment to heal.
Injured footSerious£23,460 to £36,790Including injuries such as compound fractures, severe ligament of muscle damage, and other conditions that have caused significant, continuing pain and will leave the victim t risk of arthritis or osteoporosis in the future.
Injured footModerate£12,900 to £23,460Including injuries such as displaced metatarsal fractures, which when healed will leave the victim with a deformed foot, that will require special footwear.
Injured footVery severe£78,800 to £102,890Including injuries such as those which will result in a serious, permanent disability negatively affecting the victim’s life. For example, amputation of the forefoot, affecting mobility and gate, and whereby a further injury to the foot could result in the need to amputate.
Injured legSevere£90,320 to £127,530Injuries that fall short of actual amputation but are almost as serious. For example, degloving of the leg, resulting in it being significantly shortened. Non-union fractures that require extensive surgery to correct, etc.
Injured legVery serious£51,460 to £85,600Injury including those that would lead to a permanent impairment of the victim’s mobility. Possibly requiring a walking aid such as crutches, a frame or a wheelchair to move around. These symptoms would last for the claimant’s entire life.
Injured legSerious£36,790 to £51,460Injuries include the more severe kinds of fractures such as compound fractures or fractures to both legs, as well as serious soft-tissue injuries. Treatment would be long-term, and the victim may find themselves unstable when walking. A risk of arthritis will exist, and scarring could be evident.
Injured legModerate£26,050 to £36,790Injuries including complex or multiple fractures, as well as bad crush injuries, generally to just one of the legs. The level of compensation will depend on how bad the injury was, whether traumatic treatment was administered, whether the victim’s employment will be affected, etc.
Injured legLess seriousUp to £26,050Including injuries such as minor and hairline fractures, short-term soft tissue injuries, cuts, lacerations, burns, etc. In some cases, surgery would be used to apply surgical pins, rods and plates to correct the bones. There could be some loss of mobility such as a permanent limp, change of gate or difficulty walking over uneven ground.

If you require a more accurate estimate of the level of damages that you could be able to claim, please speak to our team. An advisor could help to arrange for a solicitor to value your claim for you.

What Could I Claim? Compensation For Financial Losses And Costs

A successful slip on wet floor claim could garner a settlement package consisting of two heads of claim; general damages and special damages.

General damages are awarded to the claimant for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity inflicted by the injury. The amount of compensation they receive will depend on the level of pain they went through, whether they underwent intrusive or traumatic treatment, whether they will suffer an impediment in the long-term. General damages take account of:

  • Stress and trauma.
  • Loss of quality of life.
  • Psychological damage.
  • Permanent disability.
  • Pain and suffering.

Special damages are paid to the claimant to compensate them for financial and other non-physical losses. To claim for costs incurred successfully, documented evidence in the form of invoices, receipts and bills will need to be submitted as evidence.

  • Out of pocket expenses.
  • Loss of earning potential.
  • Medical costs.
  • Lost income.
  • Care costs.

If you would like to find out what types of damages you could be able to claim for based on your unique circumstances, please speak to our team today.

Steps You Could Take If You Slipped On A Wet Floor

What happens when you slip on a wet floor?

One answer to this question is that you should follow our claims process to get your slip on wet floor claim started.

  1. Contact our claims team to find out key information, such as the personal injury claims time limit that will apply to your case.
  2. Have an advisor evaluate your claim and answer your questions.
  3. If our advisors believe your claim has merit, they can refer you to a specialist solicitor from our panel who will begin to process your claim for you.

Why Select Our Team To Help With Your Claim?

Our panel of personal injury lawyers has over 30 years of experience. They are well-versed in the claims process and know what’s needed to make a successful claim. They’ll do all they can to get you the most compensation possible and ensure that you have the best chance of your claim being a success. And if at any time you have a query or would like an update on your claim’s progress, they’ll be on hand to take your call.

No Win, No Fee Claims If You Had A Slip On A Wet Floor

A No Win No Fee solicitor can provide you with the legal expertise you need to have your claim processed, whilst minimising the financial risks of making a claim. Your lawyer won’t ask you for any fees upfront or during your claim. If the case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your case.

If the claim is a success, your solicitor might ask for a small success fee to be paid to them, which would form a percentage of the compensation awarded. Don’t worry, as a success fee is legally capped and will be confirmed with you before your slip on wet floor claim begins.

Slip on wet floor claim FAQs

Here are some brief answers to frequently asked questions on slip on wet floor claims.

What’s the average payout for a slip and fall?

There isn’t an average payout for a slip, trip or fall, as personal injury claims are valued according to each claimant’s unique situation. The amount that they suffered will be used to calculate the amount that they are owed in compensation.

What will happen if you slip on a wet floor?

If you slip on a wet floor that caused you to suffer as a result, you could be entitled to make a slip on wet floor claim. Providing that those in control of the place of the incident owed you a duty of care that they failed to uphold, you could be eligible for compensation.

Contact Legal Helpline Today

Have you slipped over at work, out shopping, or somewhere else? Do you think a third party was responsible for your accident? Then please contact our team on 0161 696 9685 today to find out if you could make a slip on wet floor claim.

Where To Learn More

These external pages have useful information:

Information Related To Preventing Slips When Cleaning

The HSE Toolbox

HSE Information About Slips

These other guides might also be of use:

A Guide To Slip, Trip And Fall Claims

Claiming For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work

Work-Related Back Injury Claims

Thanks for reading our guide to making a slip on wet floor claim.

Guide by MR

Edited by REG