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 have a right to claim compensation for your injuries. However, because there can be so many different factors at play in any accident, it is impossible to have a blanket ruling on these types of accidents. This can make it confusing for many accident victims who aren’t sure how to proceed.
If you slipped in a supermarket and were injured as a result, you may be wondering if it is worth the time and effort to pursue a claim for compensation. If you decide to go ahead and start a supermarket accident claim, the next question on your mind may be whether you should file the claim yourself or have a personal injury solicitor do it for you? In fact you may be wondering if you have a claim at all.
To help you make a more informed decision, we’ve put together some of the questions we often get asked by others who have been through the same experience.
How Do I Determine Whether It Was My Fault Or Because Of The Supermarket’s Negligence?
The most important thing to remember is that supermarkets have a duty of care towards their customers. This means they have an obligation to ensure that their premises are free of any hazards that could injure shoppers or their employees.
Some 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.
If there were no hazard warning signs and you slipped on a wet floor or debris lying around on the floor, then it may very well be a case of negligence in terms of duty of care.
What To Do If I’m Injured After Slipping In A Supermarket?
If you are badly injured in the accident, you must call for an ambulance and get immediate medical attention. Some symptoms can manifest hours or days after the actual injury has occurred, by which time they may get more severe and result in other complications. Calling an ambulance should mean you get prompt medical attention.
If you can, get photographs of what caused you to slip in the supermarket. Try to make sure the photographs clearly show the cause of the accident. Also get photographs of your injuries.
Ask other shoppers or supermarket staff who witnessed the accident if they could provide you their contact details. Getting witness statements can lend a lot of weight to your claim for compensation.
File an accident report with the supermarket manager and get a copy for yourself. All stores are required to keep an accident book on the premises for this purpose. This creates a record of when and where the accident happened so the supermarket cannot deny it at a later date.
As soon as you are able to, get in touch with a personal injury solicitor. Make use of the free consultation many now offer to get expert legal advice on whether you have a strong case and how to proceed with your compensation claim.
I Slipped On A Wet Floor, Can I Claim compensation?
If you slipped on a wet floor and it can be proven that the supermarket was negligent in their duty of care to keep you safe, then you may have solid grounds for claiming compensation. The second, equally important requirement for pursuing a personal injury claim is that you must have suffered an injury.
Should I File A Compensation Claim Myself?
Yes, you could file a claim by yourself but before you choose that route, you should know that you can get expert legal advice and representation without having to pay any upfront legal fees. If you speak with a personal injury solicitor and they decide you have a good case to claim compensation they will essentially fund your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, which requires you to pay only when you win the claim and are awarded compensation. The total fee you have to pay will be calculated as a percentage of the compensation. A No Win No Fee contract allows you to benefit from the personal injury solicitor’s experience without any financial risk to you.
Besides, personal injury solicitors are experts in this particular area of the law. They will use their knowledge and experience not just to help put together a winning accident claim but also to ensure that you get the maximum compensation due to you. Unless you have the necessary experience and knowledge, it is inadvisable to proceed on your own although this decision is entirley yours.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim If I Slipped In A Supermarket?
There is no one fixed amount that is awarded to all claimants. Every compensation claim is evaluated on its own merit. In general, you will be compensated for special damages and general damages.
Special damages refer to all the costs you’ve incurred directly because of the supermarket accident. This includes medical expenses, all injury-related travel expenses, cost of mobility devices, cost of personal home care, cost of short or long term rehabilitation such as physiotherapy, and reimbursement of lost wages and lost perks.
General damages refer to the compensation you will be awarded for the impact the injuries have had on your quality of life. This includes your pain and suffering, the inability to pursue favourite hobbies or participate in sporting activities.
Use our compensation calculator below to get an idea of what amounts of compensation are currently advised for varying injuries.
If you have slipped in a supermarket and suffered an injury then please contact us today to speak with a personal injury solicitor for legal advice.