A Guide To Making A Wet Floor Accident Compensation Claim

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 26th March 2024. If you’ve been involved in a wet floor accident, you’ll no doubt be aware of how painful and serious the injuries can be. You may not realise, but if the accident happened because the responsible party had failed to meet their duty of care then you may be eligible to begin a personal injury claim for compensation.

If you want to begin a claim today, please call Advice.co.uk on 0161 696 9685 and we’ll start by assessing the merits of your claim for free and if you would like to know more first, then please carry on reading this useful article.

Man lying on floor injured next to scattered papers after slipping on a wet floor

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  1. When Can I Make A Wet Floor Accident Compensation Claim?
  2. Common Causes Of A Wet Floor Accident
  3. How Long Do I Have To Make My Wet Floor Accident Compensation Claim?
  4. How Much Compensation Do You Get For Slipping On A Wet Floor?
  5. No Win No Fee Claims For Wet Floor Accidents And Injuries
  6. Additional Information

When Can I Make A Wet Floor Accident Compensation Claim?

Defining a wet floor accident isn’t that tricky as it’s quite self-explanatory: a slip or fall because of some type of liquid on the floor.

The trickier part is to understand how somebody else could be liable for the accident. Employers in the UK have a duty of care to its employees to ensure they remain safe while at work. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, they must ensure risk assessments are undertaken regularly and have health and safety procedures in place that all staff should be trained in and adhere to at all times.

Any personal injury solicitor will look for 3 things to determine if you have a good chance of successfully claiming compensation or not:

  1. That the defendant (whoever you find responsible for the accident) owed you a duty of care;
  2. That they breached their duty of care in some way;
  3. And that, because of the breach, you sustained injuries.

Most public places owe a duty of care to anybody who is on their premises to ensure that they are safe and not injured while on site. The same is true of employers who owe all staff a duty of care to protect them while in the workplace.

Common Causes Of A Wet Floor Accident

There are a number of reasons why a floor could be wet and lead to an accident including:

  • Water is a common liquid that can lead to a wet floor accident and can occur for many reasons.
  • Drinks spills can happen in places like restaurants, schools and workplaces.
  • Cleaning can leave a floor wet
  • Roof leaks can lead to an excessively wet floor
  • Burst pipes
  • Other liquids such as oil, grease and cleaning products
  • Refrigeration leaks such a defrosted freezer

Any of these, and other reasons, can lead to wet floor accident claims as long as you can prove that somebody else is liable for the accident causing pain and suffering which we will cover in more detail later in this guide.

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How Long Do I Have To Make My Wet Floor Accident Compensation Claim?

In accordance with the Limitation Act 1980, there is a three-year time limit for starting a claim for injuries after you slipped on a wet floor. This usually starts from the date of your accident.

The time limit can work differently under certain circumstances. If the injured person lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim, then the time limit will be frozen indefinitely. While the time limit is frozen, a litigation friend could begin a claim on behalf of the party that has been hurt. If, however, the person later regains their mental capacity and a claim has not been made, then they will have three years to start a wet floor injury claim from the day of recovery.

If a child has been injured in a wet floor accident, the time limit for starting a claim will be put on hold until their 18th birthday. A litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf before they reach that age. Otherwise, the child will have three years to start a claim on their own once they turn 18.

For more advice on your eligibility to start a claim after being injured by a wet floor, contact our advisors for free either online or by phoning us.

How Much Compensation Do You Get For Slipping On A Wet Floor?

You may be wondering, ‘how much compensation do you get for slipping on a wet floor?’ We can’t offer an average compensation payout for a wet floor accident. This is because compensation for personal injury claims is calculated on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to the unique circumstances surrounding each claim.

However, we can help you get a broader understanding of what your potential compensation could be made up of and how legal professionals calculate compensation in personal injury claims.

If you’re awarded compensation after being injured in a wet floor accident,  the settlement can be made up of two heads, which are general damages and special damages. General damages are awarded to every successful claimant, and this head of claim covers your injuries and the effect that they will have on your life going forward.

Below, you can find some guideline figures for general damages as outlined by the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline compensation brackets for different injuries, but these amounts are not guaranteed. The first entry is not based on the JCG.

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Injury Details Compensation amount
Multiple Very Severe Injuries plus Special Damages In addition to compensation for more than one very severe injury, you could also be compensated for costs related to your accident, such as lost earnings and home help. Up to £500,000+
Neck Injury – Severe (ii) Disc damage and fractures in the cervical spine which cause a severe disability. £65,740 to £130,930
Neck Injury – Moderate (i) Dislocations or fractures which cause immediate severe symptoms and may require spinal fusion. £24,990 to £38,490
Leg Injury – (b) Severe (iii) Serious Serious compound or comminuted fractures, or injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability with prolonged treatment. £39,200 to £54,830
Leg Injury – (c) Less Serious (i) Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made. The person may be left with a limp. £17,960 to £27,760
Back Injury – Moderate (i) Could include compression/crush fractures of the lumbar vertebrae causing a risk of osteoarthritis and chronic pain £27,760 to £38,780
Back Injury – Minor (i) Soft tissue injuries with recovery expected within about two to five years. £7,890 to £12,510
Wrist injuries – (c) Wrist injury that causes persisting stiffness and pain. £12,590 to £24,500
Whiplash Injury with Psychological Injury Symptoms lasting 18-24 months £4,345
Whiplash Injury Symptoms lasting 18-24 months £4,215

Special Damages

Special damages are the head of claim that addresses the way your injuries have impacted you financially. For example, if you can no longer work as a result of your injuries, then you may be able to claim back your lost earnings under this heading.

Special damages can also help you recoup the cost of:

  •   Home adjustments
  •   Prescriptions
  •   Domestic help
  •   Childcare

To claim under this heading, you must be able to provide evidence of your financial losses. As a result, it can be helpful to keep any bank statements, receipts, or other documents illustrating your losses.

For more information on claiming compensation for injuries caused by a wet floor, contact our team of advisors today.

No Win No Fee Claims For Wet Floor Accidents And Injuries

If you slipped on a wet floor an injured yourself, you can speak to our advisors to see whether you may have a valid personal injury claim. If they find it is, they may then put you in touch with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

Our panel of solicitors can support personal injury claims under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under such an agreement, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for their work before the claim begins or while it is underway. You also usually don’t need to pay for your solicitor’s services if the claim fails.

If your wet floor injury claim is successful, then your solicitor will take a success fee. This means they’ll take a small and legally capped percentage of the compensation awarded to you. The legal cap ensures that you’ll receive most of the compensation awarded.

Get in touch with our advisors for free today to learn more about getting support from a No Win No Fee solicitor. Our team can also provide free advice on other aspects of making a personal injury claim. To get in touch, you can:

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Additional Information

Hopefully, this guide has provided you with all of the information you require about claiming compensation. For your information, we’ve provided the links below to other relevant guides:

How Do I Know if I’ve Broken a Bone? – an NHS guide detailing the main symptoms that help identify if you’ve broken a bone.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – the legislation that is provided by the government to ensure all employees are safe at work.

Head Injuries and Concussion – another guide from the NHS about head injury assessment and treatments.