QUESTION: Can I Make a Supermarket Slip and Trip Claim?
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Can I Make a Supermarket Slip and Trip Claim?
Supermarkets do all they can to entice you to shop with them, so it’s only right that they make sure you are safe while you are there. This isn’t just a moral obligation either; they are legally bound to reduce risk in The Occupiers Liability Act 1957. While you can’t claim if the accident is your fault – for example if you trip over your shoelace – if you have hurt yourself from a slip or trip in a supermarket that was not your fault then contact The Compensation Experts to see if can make a claim.
Supermarket Slips and Compensation Claims
A supermarket is a place many people visit at least weekly without even considering they may come to harm. All it takes is for a delay in cleaning up a spill, a pallet of stock overflowing into the aisle, or no sign on a freshly cleaned floor, and you could suffer a fracture, bruising, or concussion. If your injury is bad enough, you may have to take time off work to recover. This may therefore mean that you are out of pocket financially. This can be because you’ve lost wages or had to pay for medical treatment.
Proving Liability in a Slip, Trip or Fall in a Supermarket
A supermarket’s insurance company won’t willingly acknowledge that their client was responsible for your injury. As the claimant therefore, it is your role to show that the cause of your accident was because of someone’s mistake or negligence. Not because you did something wrong. You can therefore help your claim by making sure you:
- Report your accident to the supermarket at the time, or soon afterwards. They should then complete an accident report form, so ask for a copy of this for your records.
- Seek medical attention to prove you have a genuine injury from your fall. Merely falling is not enough grounds to make a claim, even if the cause of your fall was negligence. You need to have been injured and also be able to prove this.
- Get contact details of witnesses who saw or heard your accident. Your personal injury lawyer may ask them for a statement to submit as evidence with your claim.
Calculating Compensation for a Supermarket Slip or Trip
Typical injuries resulting from slips or trips in a supermarket are fractured bones and lacerations. Using information from the latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines, compensation amounts range from:
- £5,000 to £14,500 for a fractured forearm
- £2,000 for a fractured wrist
- £6,900 to £10,500 for a fractured femur (upper leg)
- £2,000 to £9,000 for a fractured fibula or tibia (lower leg) or a sprain
These amounts are based on the supermarket accepting liability and your injury being straightforward. They also include a reasonable recovery time.
Make a Claim
You won’t know if you can make a claim if you don’t ask. So contact The Compensation Experts today. Our advisors can answer any questions you have in a free, no-obligation consultation.
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In these cases you may then have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.Find out more