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Slip Accident at Work

It had been raining heavily when Vicki arrived at her place of work one June morning, and a lot of water had been traipsed into the foyer. However, there were no signs indicating the wet floor and she slipped, damaging her back.

On 8th June 2007, Vicki arrived at her workplace at 9.40am, as per usual. It had been raining all night, and as she got to the entrance of the building she could see water running down the left hand side of the door. It appeared to be coming from the overflow pipe, which was later confirmed to be leaking.

She passed through the door into the foyer, wiped her feet on the coconut matt, and continued forward onto the laminate floor of the reception area. Suddenly, she slipped backwards on a wet patch, hitting her head and severely twisting her back.

Feeling stunned, Vicki got up and fetched some paper towels from a nearby toilet, using them to wipe the floor dry. She then went to sit at her desk, but the shock subsided and she realised she was in a significant amount of pain. She was given an ice pack by the office First Aider, and the incident was recorded in the accident book.

A makeshift warning sign was subsequently placed in reception. However, this precautionary measure should have been taken beforehand, particularly as the problem with the overflow pipe had in fact been reported to the Local Authority at 8.30am that morning. Despite this, by the time Vicki arrived at work over an hour later, no repairs had been carried out and no signs had been put up.

The pain in Vicki's back continued to grow increasingly worse, and the next day she attended a physiotherapist. It became apparent she had damaged the muscles in her back, and she would need to pay for further treatment. She was then forced to take two weeks off, as her GP advised her not to work through the pain.

Unfortunately, when Vicki returned to her job, her condition had still not improved. She remained in agony, was unable to do any housework or gardening, and had a badly disturbed sleep pattern. Furthermore, she and her fiancÚ had been trying for a baby, but due to the accident decided to delay starting their family.

Vicki felt her life had been severely affected by her workplace accident, and contacted Glynns to see what action she could take. We believed her employer was liable for her injuries, as there were no warning signs put out advising people arriving at the premises that the floor was both wet and slippery. We helped Vicki make a personal injury claim, and she received £11,106 compensation.

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