Can I Claim If I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work?

This is a guide on whether you could claim if you slipped on a wet floor at work. You may be entitled to begin a personal injury claim if you meet the required criteria which we will explore further in our guide. Additionally, we will look at how long you have to seek compensation and the evidence you can gather to support your case.

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Can I Claim If I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips, trips and falls made up 30% of non-fatal accidents in the workplace during 2021/22. We will explore examples of how these could occur and the injuries that could be sustained as a result.

Furthermore, we will discuss the duty of care your employer owes and how a breach of this could contribute to you experiencing harm at work or while performing your work-related duties.

This guide will also provide an overview of how your potential settlement could be calculated and what it could comprise if your claim succeeds. 

Please continue reading if you would like more information about wet floor claims. Otherwise, contact one of our advisors for free. They may connect you to a solicitor from our panel if they believe you have a valid claim. To get in touch, you can:

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  1. Can I Claim If I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work?
  2. How Could Slipping On A Wet Floor At Work Be Caused By Employer Negligence?
  3. What Compensation Could I Receive From Slips Trips And Falls At Work?
  4. What Do I Need To Claim For An Accident At Work?
  5. I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work – Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  6. Learn More About Claiming Slip Injury Compensation

Can I Claim If I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work?

You may be entitled to compensation if you have slipped on a wet floor at work and injured yourself. However, there certain requirements that need to be met in order for you to have a valid claim. These are as follows:

  • Firstly, you need to demonstrate that your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
  • Secondly, you need to show that this duty was breached.
  • Thirdly, you need to provide evidence that this breach led to your injuries.

If you can satisfy these criteria, this is known as negligence, for which you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim.

As outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to take reasonable steps to maintain a safe workplace to prevent injury to their employees.

Some of the steps they can take include performing regular risk assessments and addressing any hazards they become aware of, such as spills on the floor and other trip hazards. A failure to do so could cause you to sustain several types of injuries, such as broken bones and head injuries.

To find out when you could be eligible to seek compensation for the harm you sustained, please get in touch on the number above.

How Could Slipping On A Wet Floor At Work Be Caused By Employer Negligence?

Below, we have provided several examples of how you may have slipped on a wet floor in the workplace and sustained harm:

  • There may have been a wet floor at work where no warning sign was put out causing you to sustain a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.
  • An oil spill on a construction site may have occurred, and as a result, you slip and sustain a severe head injury.

Is There A Time Limit For An Accident At Work Claim?

Generally, you have three years from the accident date to begin a claim as set out in the Limitation Act 1980. However, the time limit may be suspended in certain circumstances. 

To learn more about the time limits and their exceptions, please get in touch with an advisor. They can also discuss your specific circumstances and provide further guidance on whether you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim.

What Compensation Could I Receive From Slips Trips And Falls At Work?

Following a successful claim, compensation can be awarded for the pain and suffering caused as a result of your injuries. The head of claim this is awarded under is known as general damages.

Below, we have created a table using figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a publication used by solicitors to value your injuries as it contains guideline award brackets. 

Compensation Table

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Injury Value Notes
Moderate Brain Injury (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Personality change, effect on sight, speech and senses and risk of epilepsy alongside a moderate to severe intellectual deficit.
Severe Back injuries (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Severe pain and disability with combination of incomplete paralysis, impaired bowel, bladder and sexual function due to damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Severe Arm Injuries (a) £96,160 to £130,930 A serious brachial plexus injury that leaves the person little better off than if they had lost the arm.
Severe Knee Injuries (i) £69,730 to £96,210 Development of osteoarthritis, lengthy treatment, pain and loss of function from a serious knee injury causing joint disruption.
Severe Leg Injuries (ii) £54,830 to £87,890 Permanent problems with mobility with the need for mobility aids for the remainder of the person’s life.
Wrist Injuries (a) £47,620 to £59,860 Complete loss of function in the wrist.
Moderate Hip/Pelvis Injuries (i) £26,590 to £39,170 Significant injury, but permanent disability not major and future risk not great.
Moderate Ankle Injuries £13,740 to £26,590 Injuries that give rise to less serious disabilities, e.g. difficulty walking on uneven ground.
Moderate or Minor Elbow Injury Up to £12,590 Simple fractures, tennis elbow syndrome and injuries not causing permanent damage.
Moderate Shoulder Injury £7,890 to £12,770 Frozen shoulder causing limited movement and discomfort for around 2 years.

Please note that these figures are guidelines and should not be taken as a guaranteed sum; each claim is unique, and compensation awards will vary depending on the facts.

Special Damages As Part Of Compensation For Slipping On A Wet Floor

The other head of claim that could make up your settlement is called special damages. This accounts for the financial losses caused by your injuries. Here are some examples of costs you could claim back:

Evidence, such as receipts, payslips and invoices, can help to prove these losses.

If you would like an accurate estimate of how much your accident at work claim is worth, contact our advisors for free using the details at the top of your page.

What Do I Need To Claim For An Accident At Work?

Evidence can help prove liability in a slip and fall claim as it can demonstrate whether negligence occurred. It can also provide details on the nature of your physical or psychological injury and any financial losses you incurred.

Here are some examples of evidence you could collect in support of your claim:

  • CCTV footage of the incident.
  • A diary of your treatment and recovery.
  • Medical records.
  • Contact details of witnesses.
  • Photographs of the injury and accident site.

One of the services the solicitors from our panel provide is helping clients collect evidence for their cases. You can speak to an advisor regarding your claim; they may connect you to a solicitor from our panel.

I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work – Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors have experience dealing with personal injury claims for slips and trips at work. They work under a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement.

As per the terms of this contract, there will be no upfront costs to begin your claim, and you won’t be charged any ongoing fees for your solicitor’s services. Additionally, you won’t be charged for the work completed on your case by your solicitor if your claim has an unsuccessful outcome.

In the event of a successful claim, your solicitor will charge a minor success fee. This is a small percentage of your compensation. It is legally capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you won’t be overcharged.

If you would like to enquire about making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor after you slipped on a wet floor at work, contact our advisors for free today. They can assess your eligibility to have a solicitor from our panel begin working your claim on this basis. To get in touch, you can:

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We hope this guide on when you could claim if you’ve slipped on a wet floor at work has helped. However, if you have any other questions, please get in touch on the number above.

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