A Guide To Claiming For Slips And Falls If No Wet Floor Sign Was Displayed

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 19th March 2024. If you were injured on a slippery surface because no wet floor sign was displayed, you might be wondering if you could claim compensation. We will look at the duty of care that is owed to you and how this could be breached, causing a slip and fall that results in injury.

A wet floor sign inside a restroom

We also aim to answer the question, “how are settlements reached in these kinds of claims?”. This guide will address the two heads of claim that could make up a payout in a successful claim and what they relate to.

Furthermore, you can learn about what evidence can be used to prove liability and strengthen your claim. We will also look at the benefits of legal representation. You can connect with our advisors at any time that suits you for free advice. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor provided your claim is valid. 

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  1. Could You Claim For Slips And Falls If No Wet Floor Sign Was Displayed?
  2. Time Limit For Claiming For A Slip And Fall When No Wet Floor Sign Was Displayed
  3. What Injuries Can You Get From Slipping On A Wet Floor?
  4. What Evidence Is Needed To Prove Your Slip And Fall Claim?
  5. How Much Can I Sue For Accidents Caused By No Wet Floor Sign Being Displayed?
  6. Why Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
  7. Learn More About Claiming For Slips And Falls On Wet Floors

Could You Claim For Slips And Falls If No Wet Floor Sign Was Displayed?

In order to claim for a wet floor accident, you must prove the following:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • This duty of care was breached 
  • You were injured in an accident caused by the breach

Below, we look at the duty of care owed to you in public and in the workplace.

Public Place

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that the “occupier” of a public space has a duty of care towards those who use the space for the intended purpose. They must ensure the reasonable safety of visitors to the space. 

The occupier does not need to physically occupy the space, despite the name. “Occupier” refers to anyone who has control over the area, for example the owner or local authority

Workplace Accidents

Employers owe a duty of care towards employees. This is stated in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Employers need to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent their employees from being injured. For example, they should ensure that hazards (such as wet floors) are signposted.

Speak with our team to learn whether you could be entitled to claim if you were injured because no wet floor sign was displayed. If you have a legitimate case, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.

Time Limit For Claiming For A Slip And Fall When No Wet Floor Sign Was Displayed

As established by the Limitation Act 1980, there is a three-year time limit for claiming for injuries after slipping on a wet floor with no sign. This usually starts from the date of the incident.

The time limit can work differently under certain circumstances. If a child has been injured, then the time limit for starting a claim will be put on hold until their 18th birthday. From that day, the injured party will have three years to start their own injury claim. Alternatively, a litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf before they turn 18.

The time limit will be frozen indefinitely if the injured person lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim. A litigation friend could start a claim on the injured person’s behalf while the time limit remains frozen. If, however, the injured party later regains their mental capacity and a claim has not been made, then they will have three years to begin their claim from the day of recovery.

To learn more about your eligibility to start a slip and fall injury claim, please continue reading or contact our advisors for free today either online or by phoning us.

What Injuries Can You Get From Slipping On A Wet Floor?

Below, we have included some examples of how you could be harmed by slipping over a wet floor without signage:

  • The owner of a shop is aware of a spillage in a busy aisle but fails to provide signage to warn customers of the hazard. This means that someone falls and injures their shoulder.
  • Your workplace is being mopped but the cleaner has not been provided with wet floor signs. As a result, you’re unaware of the slippery surface, meaning you fall and sustain a head injury.
  • Water is tracked into a foyer when it’s raining, and no steps are taken to prevent this from happening or to warn people of the hazard. As a result, someone falls and sustains a back injury.

This is not an extensive list of examples and you may have been injured by a lack of wet floor sign in a way we haven’t mentioned. We encourage you to get in touch with our team for confirmation on whether you could claim. If your case is valid you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor.

What Evidence Is Needed To Prove Your Slip And Fall Claim?

Evidence is an important factor in making a compensation claim. You can use evidence to show how the incident occurred and how you were impacted.

Below are some examples of the proof you could use in support of your claim:

  • CCTV footage
  • Photographs of your injuries and the scene of the accident
  • Details of witnesses so that they can provide a statement at a later date
  • A diary of your symptoms to show how you were affected 

If you’d like to know more about claiming compensation if you were injured because there was no wet floor sign displayed, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

A wet floor sign and a bucket inside a building

How Much Can I Sue For Accidents Caused By No Wet Floor Sign Being Displayed?

You may be interested in using a personal injury claims calculator to see what your injuries are worth; however, this may not give you an accurate assessment of your claim because of the myriad of factors that will impact a potential payout.

When legal professionals are valuing claims, they may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for assistance. This is a publication that displays compensation brackets for a range of injuries of different severities. Through this head of claim, you can seek compensation for physical and/or psychological injuries caused by third-party negligence.

Below, we’ve included a table featuring figures from the JCG as an example. However, these numbers are a guideline.

Compensation Guidelines

Injury Compensation Description of Injury
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesUp to £200,000+If you have valid grounds to claim for multiple serious injuries following a slip and fall, then your payout may cover all of these as well as related special damages, such as loss of earnings.
Very Severe Foot Injury (c)£83,960 to £109,650Foot injuries produce permanent and severe pain or disability that is serious and permanent.
Serious Foot Injury (e)£24,990 to £39,200Continuous pain is caused by injury regardless of prolonged treatment.
Severe Knee Injury (a) (i)£69,730 to £96,210The knee joint is disrupted because of serious injuries. Surgery has either taken place or cannot be avoided.
Moderate Knee Injury (b) (i)£14,840 to £26,190Dislocation and torn cartilage injuries belong in this bracket. They may cause mild future disability and knee weakness.
Very Severe Ankle Injury (a)£50,060 to £69,700Injuries in this bracket are limited and unusual, such as intensive soft tissue damage as well as bilateral ankle fractures.
Severe Ankle Injury (b)£31,310 to £50,060Extensive treatment is required for this level of ankle injury. The ankle will remain unstable after treatment, impacting the ability to walk.
Moderate Ankle Injury (c)£13,740 to £26,590Difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time after suffering from fractures and ligamentous tears.
Wrist Injury (a)£47,620 to £59,860Total loss of wrist function.
Wrist Injury (b)£24,500 to £39,170Some useful wrist movement remains. Significant permanent disability persists.

Other Ways You May Be Compensated

You may have suffered financial losses as a result of sustaining injuries due to  negligence. Special damages could reimburse you for these losses. For example, this could include loss of earnings, travel expenses and care costs.

It is advised that you keep evidence in support of this head of your claim. This means keeping any receipts, invoices and bank statements that relate to your costs and losses.

Our advisors can help you understand what evidence you can provide for your case. Call us today for further support.

Why Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors may be able to help you with your claim after you were injured in an accident because no wet floor sign was displayed. You can work with our panel of solicitors through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement with the following conditions:

  • No upfront or ongoing solicitor fees.
  • You aren’t required to pay your solicitor for the work they’ve done if your claim ends unsuccessfully. 
  • In a successful personal injury claim, a success fee is taken from your compensation award to cover your solicitor fees. This is capped by law so you will receive the majority of your compensation.

Get Advice From Our Team

Our advisors are available 24/7 to provide you with free legal advice with no obligation for you to continue using our services. To learn more about claiming after being injured because no wet floor sign was displayed, contact us today.

Learn More About Claiming For Slips And Falls On Wet Floors

Below we have linked to our other guides that may be useful to you.

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We hope that this guide discussing how to claim when no wet floor sign was displayed in a public place has been useful to you. If you have any questions, speak with a member of our team today.