When Could You Make A Public Liability Claim If There Were No Wet Floor Signs Displayed?
Our guide explains when you could make a public liability claim if you suffered an accident after no wet floor signs were displayed in a public place.
Firstly, we set out the eligibility criteria that you will be expected to meet to claim for an accident in a public place, as well as the legislation which outlines the duty of care in these circumstances.
Additionally, we look at ways you could slip on a wet floor in a public place and what causes may be responsible for the injuries you sustain. Along with this, we also mention the evidence you could gather to prove fault in a slip and fall accident claim.
Moreover, our guide looks at how solicitors can consult a set of guidelines for assistance when valuing the harm you have suffered. We also distinguish between the types of compensation you may receive.
Furthermore, to close our guide, we explore how a No Win No Fee agreement usually works and what you can expect if a solicitor offers you such.
To find out more about when you could make a public liability claim if no wet floor signs were displayed, keep reading our guide.
Alternatively, to begin a discussion about your claim, you can reach our team of advisors, who can assess your claim and provide further guidance. To do so, please use a method below:
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- I Was Injured In Public Because No Wet Floor Signs Were Displayed Can I Claim?
- What Could Cause Slips And Falls On Wet Floors In Public Places?
- Evidence Supporting Claims Where No Wet Floor Signs Were Displayed
- Compensation Amounts For Slips And Falls On Wet Floors While Out In Public
- Could I Claim For A Slip On A Wet Floor With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
- Find Out More About Slip, Trip And Fall Public Place Claims
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of care which is owed by occupiers to those who are on or using their premises. They should take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors.
Their premises should be reasonably safe to be used for the purpose for which the land is for. If you suffer an injury in a public place due to unsafe conditions, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
To make a personal injury claim, you should be able to illustrate that:
- A duty of care was owed to you.
- There was a breach of this duty.
- This breach has led to you suffering injuries.
You should also claim within the time limit set out in the Limitation Act 1980. Generally, you have three years from the date of the accident to start a claim.
To receive an assessment of your claim, please contact our team.
Here we look at accidents in public places caused by wet floors:
- An aisle in a supermarket may have a spillage on the floor. The hazard has not been signposted until a time that it can be cleaned up, causing you to slip and fall, potentially sustaining a broken knee injury.
- There is a leaky tap in a public toilet, due to a failure of the occupier to signpost the hazard, you slip and fracture your spine.
- The radiator in the local museum is leaking water, this has been brought to the attention of the management many times. However, the leak is still to be fixed, and no wet floor signs are erected to draw your attention to the spillage on the floor therefore, you slip and suffer a head injury.
- In a restaurant, someone has spilt a drink, there has been no attempt to mop up the spillage or use a warning sign: you slip and injure your shoulder.
- You do not realise that the floor has just been recently mopped at the dentist, which causes you to slip and fracture your ankle.
To see if you could claim for your injuries, please speak with us.
If you have suffered a slip, trip, or fall in a public place because no wet floor signs were displayed, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Being able to establish liability for your accident will be important, and evidence can help to do so.
Examples of evidence which can be useful in proving liability include:
- CCTV footage and photographs of your injuries and the site of the accident.
- Copies of medical records
- A diary illustrating your symptoms and the mental impact of the injury.
- Witness contact information can help in relation to having the perspectives of other people who saw the accident. They could support your claim.
A solicitor from our panel can assist in gathering these forms of evidence.
There are two kinds of damages that make up the settlement in a successful personal injury claim.
In this section, we focus on general damages. The purpose of this award is to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injury. Your harm will be valued by legal professionals who may consult the compensation brackets provided by the Judicial College Guidelines.
Examples of the figures contained within this document are in the table in this section. However, these may not represent the compensation you will receive. Each and every personal injury claim are unique to the person therefore, your circumstances will be reflected in the amount you receive.
The table is for guidance only.
|Injury||Severity||Details||Guidelines For Compensation|
|Knee||Severe (a) (i)||Serious injury caused by a disrupted joint. There is gross ligamentous damage and considerable pain.||£69,730 to £96,210|
|Head||Moderate (c) (iii)||Concentration and memory are impacted and there is a reduced ability to work. Dependence on others is limited.||£43,060 to £90,720|
|Head||Less Severe (d)||There has been a good recovery made and a return of a normal social life. Poor concentration and memory may persist.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Back||Severe (a) (iii)||Disc lesions or fractures of vertebral bodies. Soft tissue injuries leading to conditions that are chronic. Severe pain and discomfort.||£38,780 to £69,730|
|Back||Minor (c) (i)||Full recovery within two to five years without surgery.||£7,890 to £12,510|
|Neck||Severe (a) (iii)||Fractures or dislocations. Severe damage to soft tissue leading to disabilities that are significant and permanent.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Arm||Less Severe (c)||Disabilities have been significant but the recovery has largely taken place or is expected to.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Leg||Less Serious (c) (i)||The recovery from the fractures are reasonable but incomplete, however mobility remains impaired and there is sensory loss and discomfort.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Ankle||Moderate (c)||Ligamentous tears and fractures causing less serious disabilities. There may be difficulty walking on uneven ground or up stairs.||£13,740 to £26,590|
|Shoulder||Moderate (c)||Shoulder is frozen and the movement is limited and accompanied by discomfort.||£7,890 to £12,770|
Is Compensation Awarded For Costs And Losses?
You may also receive special damages. These are responsible for reimbursing you for financial damage you have suffered due to your injuries.
For example, if you require professional care as a result of the injury, you could receive damages for the money you spent paying for such.
As well as this, if you pay for home adjustments to accommodate your injuries, such as a stair lift or ramp, you could receive compensation for the financial losses you have experienced due to this.
Additionally, if you are temporarily unable to return to work or if you are unlikely to be able to work for the foreseeable future, you could suffer a loss of earnings.
Payslips, bank statements, and invoices can act as evidence of these monetary losses.
A solicitor could propose to work on a No Win No Fee basis if you choose to seek their services. A Conditional Fee Agreement is a popular kind of this arrangement and may be put forward.
Usually, you can expect these to work in a way which means that the payment of your solicitor is dependent on the success of your claim.
So, if your claim is not a success, you will not typically pay for the services which your solicitor has provided.
However, if your claim is successful, your solicitor could take a success fee. This is when solicitors deduct an amount from the award you receive for your personal injury claim.
If you have slipped in a public place and suffered an injury because no wet floor signs were displayed, you could be eligible to start a claim
To speak in further detail about the circumstances of your claim, please contact our team:
- Call us on 020 3870 4868
- Claim online through our details form
- Refer to our chat feature for a live discussion
Thank you for reading our guide on when you could make a claim if you have suffered an injury in a public place after no wet floor signs were displayed.
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