I Slipped On A Bottle And Was Injured, Could I Claim Compensation?

By Megan Cullen. Last Updated 20th December 2022. Have you slipped on a bottle or tripped over a bottle and been injured as a result? Was your accident caused by the negligence of a third party? If so, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

An accident after slipping on a bottle could cause a wide range of injuries. Some of these injuries may be relatively minor. However, other injuries sustained in an accident like this might result in long-term or even permanent repercussions.

Slipped on a bottle injury claims guide

Slipped on a bottle injury claims guide

If you have been injured because you slipped or tripped on a bottle, Advice.co.uk can help you. Our team of advisors are happy to offer you free legal advice about making a claim following an injury caused by negligence. If they feel your claim has a good chance of success, they may be able to pass you to a solicitor from our panel. They may be able to offer representation on a No Win No Fee basis. 

To speak with an advisor about beginning your compensation claim, call us on 0161 696 9685. Alternatively, contact us in writing using our online personal injury claims form or by using the live chat feature to the bottom right of this screen. Alternatively, read on for more information about claiming after a slip or fall on a bottle. 

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A Guide On Injury Claims If You Slipped On A Bottle

If you have slipped on a bottle because of the negligence of another party, you could be eligible to claim compensation. In this guide, we will look at how accidents involving bottles and broken glass can occur in different scenarios.

You may be wondering how claims for compensation are valued; if so, our section on calculating compensation after slipping on a bottle could be useful. We’ll go on to look at the kinds of damages that can be included in a compensation claim. 

As we’ve already mentioned, there is a wide range of injuries that can be sustained by slipping or tripping on a bottle. This guide will look at these injuries in greater detail and examine how they could affect your quality of life. 

In order to claim compensation for an accident, it’s not enough that you suffered injuries. You also need to show that the accident was caused by someone neglecting the duty of care they owed to you. We will go over what the duty of care owed to you is later on in this guide. In addition, we will look at No Win No Fee agreements. We will examine how they have the potential to help you in making a claim with a solicitor.

To begin your compensation claim call Advice.co.uk today for your free telephone consultation, or write to us using our online claims form. If we can see that you have a valid claim, our panel of solicitors will start working on your claim as soon as possible. Alternatively, continue reading for advice about claiming compensation for broken glass injuries.

Pain And Suffering Settlement Examples

You might be wondering how much you could receive for a glass cut injury claim. Many different factors will be considered when estimating compensation for a glass cut injury, such as the length of recovery and any financial losses.

However, we can provide pain and suffering settlement examples from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), as shown in the table below. This publication provides guidelines for legal professionals valuing general damages. The figures shown should not be taken as guaranteed.

Type Of Injury Severity Comments Amount
Foot injury Very severe Very serious injuries which could include the traumatic amputation of the forefoot which result in a permanent disability with severe pain. £83,960 to £109,650
Foot injury Severe Fractures to both feet or heels. It could result in needing extensive surgery as well as other treatments and long term conditions. £41,970 to £70,030
Foot injury Moderate Displaced metatarsal fractures which result in continuing symptoms and where there could be a risk of future surgery and osteoarthritis. £13,740 to £24,990
Foot injury Modest Lacerations and cuts as well other modest injuries which will resolve in sort spaces of time. Up to £13,740
Pelvis and Hip injury Moderate (i) A significant hip or pelvis injury, but the risk of a permanent disability is not major. £26,590 to £39,170
Back injury Moderate (ii) Backache caused by the muscles and ligaments in the back being disturbed. £12,510 to £27,760
Scarring Several scars which are noticeable or one single scar on the arms, legs or the hands, back or chest. £7,830 to £22,730
Leg injury Less Serious (ii) Simple femur fractures that cause no damage to the articular surfaces. £9,110 to £14,080
Elbow injury Moderate or Minor Including lacerations, fractures and tennis elbow syndrome. The recovery rate will affect how much is awarded. Up to £12,590
Leg injury Less serious (iii) Simple tibia or fibula fractures which cause dull aching and modest restriction of movement. Up to £11,840

Call our advisors if third-party negligence resulted in your hand being cut with broken glass for a free eligibility check and estimation of your claim.

Types Of Damages Awarded For Slip And Fall Injuries

If your compensation claim for injuries caused by having slipped on or tripped over glass is successful, your settlement could include general damages and special damages. Let’s explain what these are in more detail:

General Damages

General damages compensate the claimant for their injuries and the resulting suffering, pain, and loss of amenity they have endured. The amount you receive in general damages will vary depending on the type of injury you’ve suffered and how they have impacted your quality of life. 

It is this part of your claim that is calculated by referring to the medical report from your assessment and the figures in the JCG. As the name suggests, the JCG is a set of guidelines. This means the compensation you receive may not necessarily be the same as the figures included in this publication.

Special Damages

Special damages reimburse the claimant for any financial losses suffered because of their injuries. These can include the following:

  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of prescriptions or treatment you cannot get on the NHS 
  • Care expenses 
  • Travel expenses
  • Repayment for any income lost
  • Home adaptation
  • Mobility equipment

In order for something to be included in the special damages head of your claim, you must be able to provide evidence showing the loss you’ve incurred. This evidence can include things like receipts, invoices and bills. 

We’ve included some of the expenses that can be included in special damages, but this is by no means a complete list. If you’ve lost out financially as a direct result of the injuries you’ve sustained, you may be able to claim the costs back. Get in touch with our claims team today to speak to a specialist.

What Is An Accident Caused By Having Slipped On A Bottle?

Unfortunately, a tiny obstruction such as a spilled drink, debris on the floor, or a glass or plastic bottle on the floor can cause someone to slip or trip. Some injuries from falling are relatively minor, such as surface-level cuts and bruises. However, some slip, trip and fall accidents result in injuries that are more serious. These can include things like deep cuts and lacerations, broken bones and head injuries. 

How can a plastic bottle or glass bottle cause injuries? 

If a bottle is left on the floor, passers-by can slip on the bottle if it rolls under their feet. There is also the risk that a glass bottle will break as someone trips or slips on it, resulting in broken glass across the floor. Broken glass can cause laceration injuries or in extreme cases cause a severed tendon. Furthermore, if you fall on broken glass it can become embedded in your flesh. 

If you have been injured because of a broken bottle accident, or because you tripped over a glass bottle, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Call us today for your free consultation. 

Common Causes Of Slipping On A Bottle

Broken bottle injuries can happen in hospitality venues such as restaurants, nightclubs or bars. They can also happen in workplaces or in public spaces.

Why might a tripped on a bottle or tripped on glass accident take place?

  • A customer drops a bottle on the floor in a nightclub, bar or restaurant and the staff do not clear it away within a reasonable timeframe. 
  • A glass or plastic bottle is left in a park or on a beach that should have been collected by refuse workers. 
  • Employers do not maintain good housekeeping in the workplace.

Get in touch with our team today for more information. 

Injuries Caused By Slipping On A Bottle

We will now look at the kinds of injuries a person can sustain if they slipped on a bottle in more detail.

Cuts And Lacerations

If you trip on a bottle or broken glass you may suffer cuts and lacerations. A laceration is a deep cut that goes all the way through the skin. A deep cut or deep laceration that goes through the skin tissue, cutting into the fat or muscles, needs immediate medical treatment and can have severe long-term implications.

The person who has fallen can also hurt themself on any broken glass on the floor. Small pieces of broken glass can become embedded beneath the skin and need to be removed by a doctor. Larger pieces of sharp broken glass can slice tendons and arteries. Profuse bleeding from a deep cut may result in you suffering from blood loss. 

Other Soft Tissue Injuries

Falling because of debris on the floor can cause soft tissue injuries. These can be strains or sprains. The person may instinctively put out their hand to stop themselves from hitting the ground. This can cause the hand to be forced into an unnatural position. In turn, this might cause the ligaments in the hand or arm to become twisted or stretched, causing a sprain. Someone may also suffer a sprain to the knee or ankle if they fall in an awkward way, causing the ligaments to stretch or tear.

Breaks And Fractures

A broken bone or fractured bone is when a bone breaks into two or more pieces. If a person has a high impact fall after they tripped or slipped on a bottle they could suffer a broken bone or fracture injury. Broken bone and fracture injuries can be very painful and debilitating and can take a long time to heal. They need immediate treatment or the injured person can suffer complications.

Infections Caught From Broken Glass

If the person who falls is cut by a glass bottle with a jagged edge, or their wound gets dirt or grit in it, this can lead to an infection. If the infection goes untreated the infection can make the person unwell. 

People who fall over glass bottles can also suffer head injuries, facial injuries and skull injuries. A cracked skull or any type of traumatic head injury can be very serious and requires immediate medical treatment.

Treating Injuries Caused By Tripping On A Bottle

If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of slipping over a bottle, you should seek medical attention for your injuries. This important in ensuring that you have the treatment you need. In addition, it will provide you with evidence which you may be able to use later on in your claim. 

If you’ve broken a bone or suffered a fracture after slipping on a bottle, your doctor may put your injured limb in a cast for it to heal. More serious fractures may require surgery. Here, pins or plates are used to hold the bone in place as it heals. 

Minor cuts may just require cleaning and dressing by a doctor in order to facilitate the healing process. However, if you’re suffering from a deep laceration or cut, it may require stitches in order for you to recover. 

Claims For Cuts And Lacerations Caused By Bottle And Glass Slips

In order to be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim you need to prove the following criteria;

  • You were owed a duty of care, and
  • This duty was breached by those responsible for your health and safety, then
  • You suffered an injury or illness as a result.

When pursuing a personal injury claim it is important to have evidence to support what you are saying. Having images and photographs of the scene of the accident can help prove what happened. Additionally, recording it in the accident log at work or in a public place can ensure that you have recorded what has happened and when. Seeking medical attention is vital. You will have your injuries treated to give them the best possible chance of healing but you will also have evidence of your suffering.

Slipped On A Bottle Accident Claims In A Shop

According to the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957, shops owe customers a duty of care. If the shop breaches their duty of care towards their customers, leading to an accident, they could be held liable for any injuries suffered. 

A customer could slip on a bottle in a shop if it is left on the floor. It also could be the case that a bottle falls from the shelf and smashes. This may create a slipping hazard and broken glass. You may have fallen on a bottle that had smashed or been left on the floor because it hadn’t been cleaned up or signposted in a reasonable timeframe. 

If you tripped on glass or slipped on a bottle in a shop, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. Call Advice.co.uk for free legal advice about making an accident claim for compensation or to start your claim today.

Slipped On A Bottle Accident Claims Against A Pub Or Nightclub

Many people who go to nightclubs, pubs and bars enjoy their night out responsibly. However, some people may act in a careless manner. For example, patrons may drop glasses and bottles onto the floor rather than leave them on the table to be cleared away by staff. 

Venues are responsible for clearing up any hazards on the floor within a reasonable timeframe. If the staff knew the bottle or broken glass was on the floor and failed to clear it away, this can be seen as negligence. As a result, they may be held liable for any injuries sustained as a result.

If you tripped on a bottle or slipped on a bottle on the floor of a pub or nightclub and were injured, call Advice.co.uk to find out more. 

Liability For Injuries Where You Slipped On A Bottle

As we go about our day, we may find ourselves in various scenarios where a third party owes us a duty of care. This means that they are responsible for upholding our health and safety as far as is reasonably practicable. 

For example, employers are responsible for providing their workers with a working environment that is safe and hygienic. Similarly, shops and restaurants are responsible for ensuring that their business premises are a safe and hygienic space for customers, staff and other visitors.

This means that if the party that owes others a duty of care acts negligently, leading to an accident where an individual is injured, they could be held liable. As a result, they may have to pay the injured person compensation.

These principles are codified in laws such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957. Therefore if you tripped over a glass in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation from the party responsible.

No Win No Fee Claims If You Slipped On A Bottle

Opting to work with a solicitor that offers No Win No Fee terms may be a good option for many. Under this Conditional Fee Agreement funds are paid to the solicitor only when compensation has been awarded. 

A No Win No Fee agreement is sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement. It’s a contract between you and your solicitor. A CFA outlines the conditions that they need to meet in order to receive payment. It states that: 

  • You won’t be asked to pay anything before your claim starts, or while it’s ongoing
  • No payment will be due if your claim fails 
  • If your claim is successful, your solicitor’s costs will be covered by a success fee deducted from your compensation award. This is legally capped, meaning that you will always receive the majority of the compensation you’re owed 

If our advisors feel your claim has a good chance of success, they may be able to pass this on to our panel of personal injury solicitors. They can offer representation on a No Win No Fee basis. 

Claim For A Fall – Contact Us For Free Legal Advice

If you would like to start a claim for a fall, you could contact our team of advisors today. Our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer free legal advice concerning your potential claim. They could also answer any questions you may have about slip, trip, and fall claims or any other personal injury claim. Additionally, if they believe you could be eligible for compensation, they could connect you to one of the experienced solicitors from our panel who could handle your claim.

To speak with one of our advisors today you can:

  • Call on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us online via our online form.
  • Respond to the live chat pop-up in the bottom right corner of this page.

Resources And Further Information

We hope you have found this guide to claiming compensation for a slip and fall or trip and fall injury helpful. For advice about claiming compensation for accidents please feel free to read these online guides.

How To Claim Compensation For A Doormat Slip Or Trip Injury

How To Make A Pavement Tripping Accident Claim For Compensation

A Guide To Slip And Fall Work Accident Claims – How To Get Compensation For A Slip Accident At Work?

Risk assessments at work- HSE

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone?  

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents 

Thank you for reading our guide on claiming for injuries you’ve sustained when you’ve slipped on a bottle.

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