A wet floor surface is probably one of the most likely examples of a location where someone might slip over. Someone who has slipped on a wet shop floor, for example, might easily cause themselves injury. A slip can happen without notice and you may have little idea of what is happening until you hit the floor.
A slip doesn’t sound like it would be too problematic. We’ve all seen people in comedies slipping over on banana skins and they are never the worse for wear afterwards. Yet in reality, we don’t have the cushions that are out of sight when this happens on television. Instead, we are subjected to the possibility of injuries.
What injuries might arise in a situation like this?
If a shop floor is wet, it might be very difficult – if not impossible – to see it. This means you would probably walk across it at a normal speed, and that could mean your feet slip out from under you. If you land on your bottom or your back, you could easily break your coccyx or suffer a nasty back injury.
In an ideal world, yellow warning signs should be set up to alert the public to a floor that is wet. This gives them the chance to avoid that area while it dries, or at least to walk across it more slowly, since they will be aware of the fact it is wet.
How long might it take to recover?
This depends entirely on whether or not your injuries are serious. In some cases, it may take weeks or possibly even months to recover. Some injuries are complex enough to be life changing.
However, even if your injuries have since resolved themselves and you are in a position to get on with your life, you might still wonder whether you could claim as you’ve slipped on a wet shop floor. The answers could be given to you in a call to us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We’re available on 0800 689 0500, and when you call you can be sure of friendly and expert advice about your specific situation. Don’t wonder whether you might have claimed successfully. If your accident happened in the last three years, there is still time to get some answers when you call us. We even have an online test you can take if you prefer.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead