Slipping over – it sounds like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? In reality, a slip can occur at any time, especially if the surface you are walking on is particularly slippery. This could be outdoors, on an icy surface, or indoors, on a wet floor that has been mopped and not dried. Mopping floors is important in order to keep them clean, of course, but in reality it is also important to set out warning signs to alert people to the fact they are wet. The same applies where a surface could be icy.
Slipping over can lead to a fall, and that could lead to you suffering some unpleasant injuries. For example, you might catch your ankle awkwardly and break a bone, or suffer an injury to your foot. If you put your hands out to catch yourself – a common action – you could injure one or both hands in the process. This is just one example of injuries you could sustain slipping over.
Was it your fault?
This is something many people will ask themselves. They will wonder how it happened and whether they were to blame. Of course, if a yellow warning sign was in place alerting you to a slippery floor and you ignored it, running past at speed, it would be fair to say you had been adequately warned of the potential hazard.
However, if there was no such sign and you were walking through the area with no knowledge that the floor was slippery, it could be said you were not warned. It could also be said that someone else had been negligent in failing to provide the appropriate signage. The injuries you could sustain slipping over might result from that.
Could you make a claim for compensation?
If you believe someone else was at fault for causing your injuries to happen, it might be worth exploring the issue in further detail. This might sound complex but in reality it doesn’t have to be. A quick call to our free enquiry line – available all day and night, every day and night – could be all it takes to get access to the answers you need.
If you contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can speak to someone with appropriate experience of your situation. They will advise whether or not you could potentially make a claim with the aid of a professional injury compensation lawyer. If you can, we’ll get things moving.
Date Published: April 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead