Why winter weather can lead to a spike in claims for slipping accident compensation

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Winter in the UK is never particularly enjoyable. We spend many months in darkness, enduring wet and windy days and don’t get to see the sun very often. Here we look at why and how the weather that comes our way during the winter months leads to more slipping accidents.

One of the most common types of injury compensation claim are those made after slipping accidents, when someone slips on a wet floor of a supermarket, shop or slipping on a wet floor at their place of work.  As we have stated previously, shops and other public venues are obliged to provide a safe and secure environment for anyone visiting their establishment. This includes providing a safe floor and notification of any possible hazards such as the risk of slipping if there has been a spillage or a leak. This would usually be in the form of a hazard warning sign. But how can excessive rainy weather increase the risk of a slipping accident within a shop, workplace or other public venue?

Foreseeable risks

Supermarkets and shops have hard floor surfaces, usually polished and smooth. Such surfaces are easy to clean and suitable for shops and they are very safe. However, when such floors are wet, whether that be during cleaning, because of a leak or for any other reason, they can be extremely slippery and very dangerous. Slips on wet floors can appear innocuous, but the injuries that can be sustained can be severe. Common nasty injuries that form the basis of a claim for slipping accident compensation relate to broken bones and ligament damage.

The possible severity of injuries after a slipping accident is one of the reasons why the ubiquitous hazard warning signs are often placed out on show. The hazard warning signs that we all see in shops, supermarkets and other public venues are erected as a way of the shop or establishment ‘covering their backs’ should anyone decide to pursue a claim for slipping accident compensation against them. Whilst erecting a hazard sign is a good thing to do, anyone who has slipped on a wet floor in a shop or even at work may still be able to succeed with a claim for slipping accident compensation even if a sign is erected. With any possible claim for injury compensation, it is important that the injured person seeks the advice of a specialist no win no fee solicitor and at Direct2Compensation, we can arrange for that. Remember, there is no cost should a slipping accident claim not be taken on, or if a slipping accident claim fails to succeed.

Reducing risk of slipping

Most shops and public establishments do all that they can to reduce, as far as possible, the risk of slipping accidents.  This is done by erecting hazard warning signs, fixing leaks quickly, clearing spillages and cleaning floors once the store or business is closed.

But in the winter months, when the predominant weather is rain and wind, what are the reasons that more people slip on wet floors within shops and supermarkets? The answer is simple – customers and people visiting the shops and establishments tread rainwater on to the internal floors as they walk in from the rain outside. Whilst it may seem that this is something that is not the fault of the business, they remain responsible to provide a safe non-slip floor. As the risk of visitors slipping on walked in rainwater is foreseeable, most shops and businesses place large mats within their foyers and entrances and often put a hazard warning sign on display within the same area.

However, in really wet weather, the mats soon become sodden and can no longer soak up excess water and begin to leak out on to the hard floor surface. If a shop fails to address this problem, the fact that they have put a mat out and a sign would not be sufficient for them to defend a claim for slipping accident compensation.

Also, when the mats fail, water will then be trodden further in to the store or establishment and whilst a hazard warning sign may be on display within the entrance area, the risk of slipping could remain present in areas that are not within sight of the hazard sign.

Claiming slipping accident compensation

If you have slipped on a floor within a shop, you may want to know whether you have a valid claim for slipping accident compensation and it will certainly be important for you to know how to ensure that you have properly recorded the details of your slipping accident and reported it to the right people.  By ensuring that the details of your slipping accident are correctly recorded, you will be ensuring that the evidence you need to support your claim for injury compensation after a slipping accident is available to your specialist injury compensation solicitor.

At Direct2Compensation we can help you to understand the injury compensation claims process and have a hassle free solution that can help you get the justice you deserve.

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