Spillage accidents can happen anywhere, from shops and supermarkets, and restaurants to roads, pavements, and petrol stations. Regardless of the exact location, if you were injured in an accident caused by a spillage that was not your fault, you may be entitled to file a spillage accident claim.
What Are Spillage Accident Claims?
Spillage accidents include any type of mishap that may result when someone slips, trips or falls on any type of hazard that has spilled on the ground, typically liquids. This could range from a beverage spill in a pub and spilt milk in the supermarket to petrol, diesel, oil and other fuel spills on the road. As with any other type of slip, trip and fall accident, spillage accidents can cause a wide range of injuries.
A spillage accident in a public place such as a supermarket or restaurant may result in sprains, strains, broken bones, fractures, spinal cord injuries or even a brain injury. A fuel spill on the road can cause your car to skid and crash resulting in all sorts of injuries from broken bones and fractures to whiplash injuries and shattered glass injuries.
In all of the above scenarios, a spillage accident claim could be pursued if injury has resulted due to somebody else’s carelessness in not cleaning up the spill immediately or not cordoning off the area until it was safe again.
If you’ve been injured in a spillage accident you should consider consulting a personal injury solicitor to determine your legal right to claim compensation. First, it helps to know what to do immediately after the accident to increase your chances of succeeding.
5 Things You Should Do After A Spillage Accident
One of the biggest hurdles with filing a spillage accident claim is being able to prove that it was a spill that caused your injuries. In most cases it’s easy to clean up a spill, potentially leaving you with no evidence regarding the cause of the accident. With that in mind, it can help to do a few things to gather crucial evidence to support your compensation claim.
Get photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries.
Get photographs of the spill and the surrounding area. If you are too injured to take photographs, ask a bystander to do this for you if it’s safe for them to do so. Having photographic evidence makes it difficult for the negligent defendant to refute the claim.
Get the contact details of bystanders who witnessed the accident.
Ask any witnesses present if they’ll provide you with their contact details. Witness statements can add much weight to your spillage accident claim.
Report the accident to the relevant authority.
This will depend on where the incident occurred. If it occurred in a supermarket or restaurant, report it to the manager and also create a written report. If you were involved in a road spillage accident, report it to the nearest police station.
Get medical attention at the earliest.
If you are seriously injured you obviously must call for an ambulance and get your injuries treated urgently. Even if your injuries don’t look very serious immediately after the accident, you must still get medical attention as early as possible. There are two reasons why this is important. The first is to eliminate the possibility of any invisible internal injuries that could cause other complications if left untreated. The second is to establish that you were injured. A doctor’s report regarding the severity of your injuries and the prognosis can be huge factors in calculating the amount of compensation awarded.
Speak to a personal injury solicitor.
Like all legal procedures, spillage accident claims can be complicated. With a personal injury solicitor handling your claim, you don’t need to worry about all of the legal technicalities involved. What’s more if your personal injury claim is made on a No Win No fee basis you don’t need to worry about paying any upfront fees either.
How Much Compensation For Spillage Accident Injuries?
There is no fixed amount of compensation that is awarded to claimants injured in a spillage accident. Compensation awarded will be largely based on the severity of your injuries, these are know as general damages.
Calculating compensation also includes special damages which are essentially the actual expenses you’ve incurred due to the spillage injury such as emergency and ongoing medical treatments, travel expenses to and from hospital visits, and cost of assistive devices to accommodate your injuries to name a few. If you are forced to take leave from work for an extended period, the loss of income may also form part of your settlement. Your solicitor will make sure to claim for the maximum compensation due to you under the law.
The difference between general damages and special damages are explained here.
Benefits Of A Personal Injury Solicitor
Our personal injury solicitors are experts in this area of law and know how to put together a successful spillage accident claim. The first step to starting a claim is to to take advantage of a free telephone consultation where a solicitor or an advisor can assess the merits of your claim.
If the evidence is strongly in your favour, the solicitor may offer to take your claim on using a No Win No Fee agreement. This agreement essentially states that you do not pay any fees while your spillage accident claim is in progress. You are only liable to pay a success fee if your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. The success fee is calculated as a percentage of the settlement.
If the claim is unsuccessful, you are not liable to pay anything.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a spillage and would like advice on making a spillage accident claim for compensation, please contact us today for a free consultation.