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Claiming Compensation for Tripping Accidents in Supermarkets

CASE STUDY – ‘No win, no fee’ Injury compensation claim

Claiming Compensation for Tripping Accidents in Supermarkets

Claiming Compensation for Tripping Accidents in Supermarkets

We recently acted for a young lady who was injured when she tripped over a stack of cardboard boxes which had been left at the end of an aisle in a supermarket. There were no warning signs or barriers present to prevent the accident and after attending hospital our client was diagnosed with a fractured wrist.

A shop or supermarket owes a duty of care to all its customers and visitors to ensure that their premises are safe. On this occasion we took the view that the supermarket was in breach of their legal duty and advised our client that we would take her case on a no win no fee basis.

We contacted the supermarket’s insurers with detailed allegations and obtained an early admission of liability.

We then arranged a medical examination for our client and were able to recover full compensation for her injury as well as recovering her financial losses.

If you have been injured in similar circumstances it is very important to contact us as soon as possible to have the best chance of succeeding in your claim. Evidence to substantiate your claim – such as CCTV footage – can be lost if there is any delay in bringing a claim.

What to do after your accident

Keep a record of the time, date and precise location of the accident. Seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity. The supermarket is legally obliged to make a record of the accident so you should ensure that the accident is reported to them. It is not always easy to obtain details of witnesses or staff present especially when you have been badly injured but do keep a note of any financial losses – such as painkillers – as well as receipts, as we will include them in your claim.

Often friends and relatives render care and assistance if you are unable to carry out certain activities, eg driving or domestic chores. It is helpful to keep a record of what assistance was given, when and for how long as this can also be claimed.

If you have had to take time off work we will contact you employer for details of your loss of earnings which we will then include in your claim.

How to bring a claim for compensation

We appreciate that, although we have dealt with thousands of claims over the years, this may be the first time you have had cause to bring a claim.  Contact us for free expert advice on 01925 937070.  We will talk you through everything and answer any queries you may have.

We also have an office in Wigan that can be contacted on 01942 914004.

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