I slipped on a wet floor in Aldi with no warning sign; does this mean that I will definitely be able to claim compensation for slipping on water in Aldi?
Even though you slipped on a wet floor in Aldi with no warning sign, it does not mean that you will be entitled to claim compensation for slipping on water in Aldi. In order to claim compensation for a slip and fall on a wet floor in a grocery store, the following criteria must be met:
- The grocery store must have breached a duty of care
- An injury must have been sustained as a result of a breach in a duty of care
- The accident must have been preventable
- The injury must have been caused by the negligence of the grocery store staff
If a member of staff notices water on the floor, the first step that should be taken is to alert customers to the risk of slipping by placing a wet floor sign over the spillage, and then cleaning staff should be contacted to mop up. The failure to use a warning sign and to leave a spillage unattended would be negligence and is likely to constitute a breach in a duty of care.
However, the lack of a warning sign does not necessarily mean that the staff were negligence under the circumstances. It would only be considered to be negligence if a customer slipped on a wet floor in Aldi with no warning sign after the wet floor had been identified by a member of staff who subsequently took no action. Negligence in this case would be the failure to take appropriate action to prevent customers from slipping and falling.
Most grocery store employees are highly vigilant and take rapid action to ensure customers are not placed at risk of slipping and falling. The fact that there was no warning sign actually suggests that the staff were not aware of the hazard. Whether this constitutes negligence – and if a claim for a slip and fall on a wet floor in Aldi will be possible – is likely to depend on the length of time the water has been present on the floor.
Supermarket staff must be allowed a reasonable amount of time to inspect the aisles to identify slip hazards. If the spillage had only just occurred, it may not have been possible for the staff to have identified the hazard, have found a wet floor warning sign and alerted customers in time to prevent your accident. If this was the case, it would not constitute a breach in a duty of care and compensation for slipping on water in Aldi could not be claimed.
Before you can claim compensation for a slip and fall on a wet floor in a grocery store it is important that negligence is established, and the easiest way to do this is to allow a personal injury lawyer to investigate your case. If it can be established and proven that the staff were negligent and a duty of care was breached, you will be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.