Wooden or tiled floors are a breeze to keep clean and far more hygienic than carpeted floors, particularly in retail stores. But polished floors could cause an accident, especially if the floor has recently been cleaned and no warning sign has been displayed – or if the wrong cleaning products have been used, causing a potentially dangerous, slippery surface.
You’d be surprised how serious injuries can be from slipping on a polished floor – from severe back injuries to serious head injuries; but most of these accidents can be prevented if safety is taken seriously.
What injuries have you sustained?
If you’ve suffered injuries after slipping on a polished floor, you may need time off work to recover, affecting you and your loved ones financially. Here are a few of the most common types of injury we have dealt with here at Accident Advice Helpline:
- Strains and sprains – for example a sprained ankle or wrist
- Back injuries including a slipped disc or torn ligament
- Head injuries such as concussion or brain injury
- Broken bones in the feet, ankles, legs or hands/wrists
- Facial injuries
- Loss of teeth (from impact with the floor)
- Cuts and bruises
Some types of injury, such as head injuries, can be life-changing and you may be unable to live your life normally after your accident. The aftermath of a slip on a polished floor could also affect you financially, and you may have to cover the cost of medical treatment and care. Taking the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website can give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to claim.
Will your claim be successful?
When cleaning floors, shop owners should ensure that they make members of the public (and their employees) aware that the floor has been recently polished, by displaying a warning sign – and it’s important that the correct cleaning products are used.
Using the wrong type of polish or cleaner on a laminate floor can create a very slippery surface that could cause a serious accident, and the shop owner could be held liable for your injuries.
If you have taken a tumble on a polished floor and are considering claiming personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline’s team of lawyers offer a 100% no win, no fee service.
We can’t give you a 100% guarantee that your claim will be successful, but we have 15 years’ industry experience and are recommended by our patron, Dame Esther Rantzen, so you can trust us with your claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 and get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton