If you suffer an injury because of a wet surface, you should:
Seek medical care – the claimant’s health must take priority. Assess the injury and seek appropriate attention from a medical professional. If the injury is serious, contact an ambulance immediately. In the event of a minor injury, it is still recommended you go to A&E or to your local GP for an evaluation.
File a report – let a member of staff know about your wet floor trip as soon as possible. If your accident happens in the workplace, report the incident to your employer. If there is an accident report form available in the vicinity, ensure it is filled out.
Find witnesses – if anyone observed your wet surface accident, try to attain their contact details. If you end up seeking a claim, their testimony could be useful.
Record/Document the incident as best you can – find out if there are CCTV cameras with footage of your slip, trip or fall. Photograph the area and any spills or hazardous obstacles that may have impacted your injury.
Contact a personal injury solicitor – if you feel your injury constitutes a wet surface trip that was not your fault, get in touch with a solicitor for guidance. If you wish to seek a claim, a public place accident claims solicitor will assess the potential for compensation. Note that there every case is different and there is no guarantee of financial compensation.
When a public liability accident occurs, the injured party’s immediate response is critical.
Investigations are usually carried out to determine:
- The cause and extent of the accident.
- The adequacy of appropriate warnings, i.e. wet floor signs.
- The main source of the blame – is the claimant partly at fault or were they prudent and reasonable in their actions?
Ensuring your actions are fast, informed and decisive can help your potential for a successful claim. There is no fixed amount in place for how much compensation you are owed for a wet surface trip.
Some injuries that can arise from a wet surface trip are:
- Fractured and dislocated joints.
- Tendon and ligament damage.
- Shoulder dislocation and knee injuries.
- In rare cases, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage.
Baxter Mimnagh Solicitors have offices in Longford, Dublin and Sligo, and can offer helpful guidance on wet surface claims in and around each of those areas. Their expert advisers offer vast experience with personal injury claims.
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