You may be wondering, “Can I claim if I slipped on a wet floor at work?”. In this guide, we look at the eligibility requirements to make a personal injury claim after an accident at work.
Additionally, you might be curious about how much compensation you could get for a workplace injury. We take a look at the different factors that determine how much a personal injury claim for an accident at work could be worth.
If you have valid grounds for an injury claim after an accident in the workplace, you may wish to have legal representation. This guide concludes by looking at the benefits of having the support of a No Win No Fee solicitor.
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- Am I Able To Claim If I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work?
- When Could You Claim For Slips, Trips And Falls At Work?
- I Slipped On A Wet Floor At Work – What Evidence Could Help Me Claim?
- Potential Compensation For Accidents At The Workplace
- Claim For An Accident At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
- More Information About How To Sue Your Employer For Negligence
In order to be eligible to make a work injury claim, you must be able to demonstrate that your injuries were caused by your employer’s breach in the duty of care they owe to you.
This duty is set by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). It states that employers must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. This includes taking steps to reduce slip risks.
A breach in the duty of care resulting in injuries is known as employer negligence. We’ll look at examples of negligence that could result in slips, trips and falls in the next section.
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides employers with guidance on preventing slips in the workplace. The HSE is a government agency set up to enforce health and safety regulations. If an employer doesn’t follow the relevant guidance, you could suffer an injury in a slipping accident as a result.
Here are a few examples of how injuries suffered in a slip could be caused by employer negligence:
- A back injury could be caused by slipping on a wet floor because there was a failure to place a warning sign after mopping.
- You could suffer a broken wrist slipping on oil if machinery is leaking due to inadequate maintenance.
- You could suffer a broken ankle in the workplace if a spillage is not sign-posted or cleaned up in a timely manner.
Is There A Time Limit When Claiming For A Workplace Accident?
Your work injury claim must be started within the time limit set by the Limitation Act 1980. Typically, this is 3 years from the date of your workplace accident.
However, in certain circumstances, there are time-limit exceptions. These include:
- Those lacking the mental capacity to bring legal proceedings themselves. In these cases, the time limit is indefinitely suspended for as long as they’re unable to claim for themselves. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend could begin proceedings. If the injured party regains this capacity and a litigation friend did not act on their behalf, they will have 3 years from that date to start the claiming process.
- Injured parties under the age of 18. In these cases, the time limit is paused until they turn 18. However, a litigation friend can start proceedings for the claim at any time during this pause. If the injured party turns 18 and a claim was not started for them, they will have 3 years from that date to begin the process.
If you would like to further discuss the limitation period for personal injury claims, please call our advisors.
Your workplace accident claim will need to be supported with sufficient evidence. This will need to prove liability as well as the injuries you suffered.
Here are a few examples of evidence that could be useful in your claim for a workplace injury:
- A copy of the accident log book. This is a legal requirement for any workplaces with ten or more employees. It should contain details of the incident as well as your name, the time and date.
- The contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident so they can give a statement later on.
- A copy of your medical records with information about the nature of the injury and the treatment required.
- Videos of the accident, such as CCTV footage.
If you would like help with your question, ‘I slipped on a wet floor at work, how do I prove employer negligence?’ please contact our advisors for free advice about evidence.
Settlements in successful claims for an accident at work may consist of two heads of claim. These are called general and special damages.
General damages compensate for the physical pain and psychological suffering caused by your injuries. When valuing your claim, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines as guidance. This text lists potential compensation for different injuries.
In our table below, we’ve included some of the figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. It is only to be used as guidance.
|Severe Back Injuries (iii)
|This bracket includes chronic conditions and disabilities caused by disc lesions, fractures or soft tissue injuries.
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Severe Ankle Injuries
|In this bracket, the injuries required extensive treatment and resulted in significant residual disability.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|This bracket includes injuries that cause a significant permanent disability. However, some useful movement remains.
|£24,500 to £39,170
|Less Severe Arm Injuries
|Included in this bracket are injuries that caused significant disabilities but the claimant has since experienced a substantial degree of recovery.
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Leg Injuries – Less Serious (i)
|Included within this bracket are fractures that leave the claimant with a reasonable, although incomplete recovery and serious soft tissue injuries that result in cosmetic deficit, functioning restrictions and nerve damage.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Serious Shoulder Injuries
|Found within this bracket are rotator cuff injury with persisting symptoms, permanent intrusive symptoms from soft tissue injuries and dislocations with damage to the lower brachial plexus.
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Moderate Neck Injury (iii)
|This bracket includes injuries that have accelerated or exacerbated pre-existing conditions and soft tissue injuries with a protracted recovery.
|£7,890 to £13,740
|Minor Head Injury
|In this bracket, brain damage is minimal. The award considers initial injury severity, recovery and any continuing symptoms.
|£2,210 to £12,770
|Moderate or Minor Elbow Injuries
|Injuries found in this bracket do not cause any permanent damage or functioning impairments.
|Up to £12,590
|Nose Fracture (ii)
|This bracket includes displaced nose fractures where surgery is required for a complete recovery.
|£3,950 to £5,100
Special Damages After Slips Trips And Falls At Work
In addition, your award might also include special damages. This head of claim recovers financial losses caused by your injuries. To claim special damages, you should provide evidence of your losses, such as invoices or payslips.
Here are some examples of special damages that could be included in slip injury compensation:
- Travel expenses, such as taxi fares to attend appointments.
- Loss of earnings, this includes past, present and future losses.
- Medical costs, including bandages, prescriptions and physical therapy.
If you would like a free personalised valuation of your claim for slipping on a wet floor, please connect with one of the advisors from our team.
If you would like to sue your employer for negligence, you may wish to have the support of a solicitor. One of the solicitors from our panel could help you. They have lots of experience with accident at work claims.
Typically, when the solicitors from our panel offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis, they do so under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
This means your solicitor won’t ask for any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. If your workplace accident claim has a positive outcome, they will take a success fee out of your award. The percentage they can take as a success fee is legally limited. If your claim fails, you won’t be charged this fee.
Free advice about whether you could claim for your injury is available from our advisors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, if it seems like you have valid grounds for a claim, you could be connected to one of the solicitors from our panel.
To speak to an advisor from our team:
- Reporting a Workplace Accident.
- Can I Sue My Employer for a Slip and Fall?
- Rights After an Accident at Work.
These external resources might help:
- Slips and Trips Hazard Spotting Checklist from the HSE.
- Slipped Disc Injury – the NHS.
- Employee Health and Safety Guide from the HSE.
To find out if you can make a personal injury claim after you slipped on a wet floor at work, call our advisors for free advice.