Wet floors can be potentially dangerous, especially if other people are unaware they are wet. It doesn’t matter whether the floor is in a work building or a public place. Any spillage or wet sections should be clearly marked as such. This makes it much easier for other people to recognise the floor is wet, and to avoid that section so they are not at risk of falling or slipping over.
If you do slip on a wet floor, you could easily fall over without having any time to try and stop yourself from falling. Even if you try to put an arm or hand out to break your fall, this could potentially end up with you breaking a bone. It is easily done and you could end up with a nasty injury as a result.
Who is responsible if you slip on a wet floor?
This will depend on the exact circumstances of the incident. For example, if there are yellow warnings signs telling you the floor is wet but you decide to run across it anyway, you would almost certainly be to blame. However, if no one had put out any signs so you had no way of knowing the floor was wet and slippery, this may well amount to negligence.
Injuries resulting from a slip on a wet floor can range from twisted ankles to cuts and bruises and through to more serious injuries such as broken bones. You could even hit your head on the way down, sustaining a concussion if you were unlucky. While some people may escape with minor injuries or none at all, others may not be as fortunate.
Taking the next step
If you are reading those examples and you have remembered a time in the last three years when you slipped in a similar situation, you may now be wondering whether you could put in a claim for compensation. It might be easier to find out than you might think, too.
Just pick up the phone today and call 0800 689 0500. This free enquiry line will put you in contact with Accident Advice Helpline. With expert and no-obligation advice, you may soon be in a position to make a no win, no fee claim. Either way, we’ll soon be able to work out where you stand and whether we can help.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead