Last updated on April 8th, 2022
Slip and fall accidents can result in various injuries, ranging from minor bruises or sprains to compound fractures or head injuries. If you slipped in a supermarket and it was due to the negligence of the supermarket owners or their staff, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.
This guide will explain your options if you’ve slipped in a supermarket and been injured as a result. It will also show you how much compensation could be awarded for some relevant injuries such as broken bones, concussions, or back injuries.
We can help if you decide to go ahead and start a supermarket accident claim. Our specially trained advisors will consider your case during a no-obligation telephone consultation. You’ll get free legal advice and you might be connected with one of our personal injury solicitors if your claim is strong enough. Importantly, you won’t be asked to pay for your solicitors work in advance because they provide a No Win No Fee service. Knowing you won’t have to pay solicitors fees unless you are compensated should make the claims process a lot less stressful.
If you are happy to talk to us about claiming compensation for a slip in a supermarket today, please call us on 0800 6524 881. Otherwise, to learn more about how to claim, please continue reading.
Table of contents
- Common Causes Of Injuries From Slipping In A Supermarket
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For Slipping In A Supermarket
- Evidence To Support Your Compensation Claim Against The Supermarket
- How Much Compensation Can I Claim If I Slipped In A Supermarket?
- What’s The Average Settlement For Slipping In A Supermarket?
- What’s The Time Limit For Claiming Injury Compensation?
- Using A Solicitor To Claim Compensation If You’ve Slipped In A Supermarket
Let’s now look at what sorts of incidents could lead to slip injuries in a supermarket, and a compensation claim. They include:
- If you slip at the entrance to a supermarket on a wet day where excess rainwater was not cleared quickly.
- Where you slipped on a spillage in the supermarket that staff did not spot or cordon off.
- If you slip because a faulty freezer is defrosting and excess water has not been mopped up.
- If you slip on items of stock that have been left on the shop floor whilst a delivery was being unloaded.
- Where you slip because the shop floor has been recently cleaned and there were no warning signs.
- Where you are fall in the car park because you slipped on an unsalted path in icy conditions.
These are just a handful of examples of why you could claim if you slipped in a supermarket. Don’t worry if yours isn’t listed, it’s still possible that you could claim compensation. Call us today to find out more about your chances of being compensated.
If you are awarded compensation for personal injuries after slipping in a supermarket, it will mainly be based on the severity of your injuries. Some of the most common injuries that you might claim for include:
- Tendon or ligament damage (soft tissue injuries).
- Fractured/broken bones.
- Finger injuries.
- Broken ankles.
- Spinal injury.
- Head injury.
If you’ve slipped in a supermarket, one common injury people make a claim for is compensation for a broken wrist. That’s because it’s common to place your hands out when falling to try and lessen the impact when you hit the ground. We could help you claim regardless of the injury you’ve suffered. Please get in touch if you’d like more information.
To be eligible to claim compensation for slipping and injuring yourself in a supermarket, you’ll need to show that the supermarket owed you a duty of care. You might think this will be tricky, but, supermarket shoppers, staff, and visitors should be kept as safe as possible. Different legislation might be used to establish the duty of care but all customers, staff and visitors to a supermarket should be eligible on this basis.
Some health and safety measures supermarkets are expected to put in place include but are not limited to:
- Mopping up liquid spills immediately;
- Putting up easily visible hazard warning signs to notify customers about a wet floor or a liquid spill;
- Clearing up litter, debris and wrappers immediately.
After duty of care has been established, you’ll need to show that:
- You slipped on the supermarket’s premises because the owner or staff were negligent; and
- As a result, you sustained injuries.
Let’s take a look at what you can do to prove these things are true in the next section.
Establishing liability for your accident is vital if you’re to be compensated. You, therefore, need evidence to prove how your accident at the supermarket happened, who caused it, and what injuries it caused. To do this you could use:
- Accident report forms. Your accident should be documented in an accident report book by law. You could use your copy of the form to prove the date, time and location of your accident.
- Medical notes. After treatment, you could ask for a copy of your medical notes and x-rays from the hospital or minor injuries unit that treated you. Regardless of whether you claim for slipping in a supermarket or not, it’s often best to seek professional medical support rather than relying on first aid.
- Witness information. Sometimes, liability for your accident is denied. Therefore, a personal injury solicitor might speak with any witnesses to help verify your version of events.
- Photographic evidence. If you’re able to, we’d advise taking pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible. Try to do this before the scene is cleared so that your photographs show what caused you to slip over.
- CCTV footage. Supermarkets usually have security cameras in-store and in the car park. Therefore, if your accident was recorded, ask for a copy of any relevant footage.
- Financial documents. Finally, as you might be able to claim back costs related to your injuries, keep hold of any relevant receipts to help prove your spending.
To have your evidence reviewed for free by a specialist, please call our accident claims helpline today.
There is no one fixed amount that is awarded to all claimants who’ve slipped over and been injured as every compensation claim is evaluated on its own merit. In general, compensation is usually based on two different types of damages:
- General damages are based on the level of pain and suffering you endured because of the accident.
- Special damages might be claimed if you lost money or incurred costs when you slipped in the supermarket. For example, you might look to claim back any medical costs, travel costs or lost income.
It’s important to note that as part of your claim you may be asked to have an independent medical assessment carried out. Your solicitor will try to book a local appointment with a medical expert for you where they’ll examine your injuries and discuss their impact with you. They might also read through your medical records too. Once the meeting has ended, they’ll write a report about your injuries for all parties in the claim.
As mentioned above, each claim and settlement is based on its own merit. For that reason, we can’t say what settlement you might receive for slipping in a supermarket, however, the compensation amounts in the table below should provide some idea of what could be available for common injuries from slips and falls:
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 - £282,010||Severe impairment has resulted from brain damage, loss of limb feeling, personality changes, and/or mental incapacity.|
|Brain injury||Extremely severe||£282,010 - £403,990||Victims who have become unresponsive or have entered a vegetative state as a result of major brain damage.|
|Brain injury||Moderate||£43,060 - £219,070||Situations in which memory is impaired, resulting in a decreased ability to work, to more severe cases in which there is no chance of working, personality changes, and a significant risk of epilepsy.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 - £43,060||Although there may be some issues, such as impaired memory or a slight risk of epilepsy, the patient has made a fair recovery overall. Any impairment is considered, as well as the degree of the original injury.|
|Back injury||Severe||£38,780 - £160,980||Serious injury to the upper or lower back that can result in paralysis or other organ problems in the lower body.|
|Back injury||Moderate||£12,510 - £38,780||This range of compensation could apply to lumbar vertebrae compression, ligament or soft tissue injury, chronic pain, and/or discomfort, among other back problems.|
|Back injury||Mild||Up to £12,510||Less significant back ailments include strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, a slipped disc, and muscle discomfort.
Treatment and recovery time would also be considered.
|Ankle injury||Extremely severe||£50,060 - £69,700||Deformity, joint degeneration, and even amputation are all possible outcomes of the most catastrophic ankle injuries.|
|Ankle injury||Moderate to severe||£13,740 - £50,060||Fractures, intensive therapy, and impairment are just a few of the factors that will be considered when determining the degree of compensation for ankle injuries in this category.|
|Ankle injury||Mild||Up to £13,740||Less serious ankle injuries include ankle fractures and sprains. The length of recovery time, pain, scars, and other issues would all be considered.|
|Wrist injury||Very severe||£47,620 - £59,860||The wrist injury has resulted in complete loss of function.|
|Wrist injury||Significant||£24,500 - £39,170||Despite the fact that the injured wrist has left the claimant with significant and lifetime limitations, there's still some amount of useable movement.|
|Wrist injury||Less severe||£12,590 - £24,500||Long-term disability from a fractured wrist, such as pain and stiffness.|
|Wrist injury||Moderate||Up to £10,350||Wrist fractures and soft tissue injuries that have healed or are expected to heal completely but will take longer than a year.|
|Wrist injury||Minor||Up to £7,430||Minor wrist fractures and an uncomplicated Colles' fracture.|
Please remember that no two claims are the same so you shouldn’t rely on these figures. If your case is accepted, your solicitor will assess the value of your claim once they’ve received your medical report.
All personal injury compensation claims have time limits. Usually, this will be a 3-year limitation period starting from the date you slipped in the supermarket. It’s important to point out that claims that are started too late might become statute-barred meaning you wouldn’t be able to claim compensation.
Claiming early will allow your solicitor plenty of time to try and secure evidence to support your claim. Also, if the supermarket takes responsibility for your accident, your solicitor might ask them to cover the cost of private medical treatment to speed up your recovery.
If your child has slipped in a supermarket and injured themselves, the 3-year time limit will not be relevant until they reach 18-years of age. However, a litigation friend can start a claim on behalf of a child at any point before the child’s 18th birthday.
Please get in touch if you’d like to check if you’ve got time to begin a claim.
We could help customers or staff who’ve slipped in a supermarket to claim compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in helping our clients and could agree to represent you.
If they do, your claim will be managed on a No Win No Fee basis to reduce your financial risk. If your case is taken on, one of our specialists will manage everything for you. They’ll collect evidence, deal with all communication, try to counter any objections and try to ensure you’re fully compensated for your injuries.
If you have slipped in a supermarket and are ready to begin a claim for your injuries, please call us today on 0800 6524 881 for a free consultation. Whatever you decide to do next, we’ll support you by reviewing your options and offering free advice about your chances of being compensated.