What Are Supermarket Injury Claims?
If you were to sustain an injury due to tripping, slipping or falling in a supermarket – or because a display unit has been incorrectly constructed or stocked – you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries through supermarket injury claims. Claims for supermarket injury compensation are legal civil actions which can be made when a supermarket has responsibility for your health and safety and has failed in their “duty of care” to maintain its premises in a safe condition.
What is Meant by a Supermarket´s “Duty of Care”?
In order to successfully make supermarket injury claims for compensation, it has to be proven that a supermarket was negligent by failing to identify the hazard which caused your accident and have it repaired, removed or cordoned off and indicated as a risk of injury. This breach in their duty of care makes the supermarket liable for your injuries and gives you the right to claim supermarket injury compensation.
However, a supermarket´s duty of care is not always “absolute”. This means that if the hazard had only recently appeared – and the supermarket had not had a reasonable period of time in which to identify the hazard and rectify it – it may not always be possible to claim compensation for a supermarket injury. For this reason, it is always in your best interests to discuss your supermarket accident and injury with a solicitor at the first practical opportunity.
Supermarket Injury Claims and your Health
When making supermarket injury claims, in addition to establishing that the supermarket was in breach of their duty of care, it is also important to prove that your supermarket accident resulted in an injury. Consequently it is vital that, after sustaining an injury in an accident in a supermarket, you receive professional medical attention as soon as possible.
By visiting a hospital or your family GP, the injuries that you sustained in your supermarket accident will be recorded in your medical notes along with any ongoing treatment or long term consequences to your health. The administration of first aid at the supermarket or when you returned home is insufficient proof that an injury has occurred when making a claim for supermarket injury compensation.
Making a Claim for Supermarket Injury Compensation
Once it can be determined that you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of supermarket who were in breach of their duty of care, you can make a claim for supermarket injury compensation. The procedure for making a supermarket injury claim is that your solicitor will write to the supermarket, advising them that you are making a claim against them, and the supermarket then has three months to conduct their own investigation into your accident and advise your solicitor whether they will accept liability for your injuries.
If liability is accepted, your solicitor will liaise with the supermarket´s public liability insurers to obtain the maximum possible settlement of your supermarket injury claim. Should liability be contested for your supermarket injuries, your solicitor will issue court proceedings – an action which often initiates an offer of settlement from an insurance company keen to save money on court costs. As an offer of settlement for your supermarket injury claim may be made to you directly, it is important to be aware of how much compensation for a supermarket injury you may be entitled to in order that you do not inadvertently accept an inappropriate offer.
How Much Can I Claim for a Supermarket Injury?
How much compensation for a supermarket injury you will be entitled to receive will depend on the nature and severity of your supermarket injury in relation to your age, sex and general state of health prior to your accident. The way in which your supermarket injury affects your quality of life will also be taken into account and it is advisable that you maintain a diary in order to record the occasions when you are unable to perform everyday tasks or participate in social and leisure pursuits as a consequence of your accident in the supermarket.
Any expenses you have incurred for medical treatment can be recovered in a supermarket injury claim, along with any costs for alternative forms of transport if you are unable to drive and any loss of earnings if the injury you sustained in the supermarket prevents you from working. Consequently, no two claims for supermarket injury compensation are the same – even when the injuries sustained are identical – and this is the reason why you should always seek professional legal advice when making a supermarket injury claim for compensation.
“No Win, No Fee” Supermarket Injury Claims
Most solicitors will offer a free preliminary assessment of your personal situation and advise you whether you have a claim for supermarket injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue. Should you have a supermarket injury claim for compensation which has a strong likelihood of success, you will be offered legal representation on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.
“No Win, No Fee” supermarket injury claims enable you to pursue compensation for your injuries without having to worry about solicitor´s fees if your claim for a supermarket injury is unsuccessful. However, as you may be liable for the supermarket´s legal fees if your case is lost, solicitors offering “No Win, No Fee” supermarket injury claims will want to know about any legal fees insurance you have attached to a household contents or car insurance policy and advise you to take out additional protection if necessary.
Free Legal Advice about Supermarket Injury Claims
If you, or somebody close to you, have been injured due to an accident in a supermarket, you are invited to call our freephone service and discuss the circumstances of your supermarket injury directly with an experienced public liability solicitor. Our solicitor will provide you with practical and helpful advice which is relative to your personal circumstances and answer any questions you may have about making supermarket injury claims.
There is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for supermarket injury compensation once you have spoken with us and all conversations between yourself and our solicitors are completely confidential. We would recommend that you speak with us as soon as possible after you have received professional medical attention for your supermarket injury to maximise the likelihood of a successful supermarket injury claim.