Supermarket Accident Claims
Suffering an accident in a supermarket is a relatively common case type for injury solicitors, and anyone who has been in this position will benefit from understanding the processes involved in making a claim for compensation. If someone else is liable for an accident that you have suffered, you may be eligible to recover compensation for any injuries and financial losses that you have suffered. An experienced solicitor can guide you through building a case and achieving the maximum compensation possible for your supermarket accident claim.
Am I eligible to make a claim for a supermarket accident?
Customers throughout the UK are within reason to expect a safe and fit for purpose environment when visiting a supermarket. The owner of the supermarket has a legal obligation to ensure that their premises are safe and free of potential hazards on behalf of their customers.
According to the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, it is the responsibility of the occupier of the premises to take preventative measures in order to minimise potential risks of accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, it is not possible to eliminate all potential vulnerabilities and as such, accidents do happen.
Any person who has been the victim of an accident in a supermarket due to an oversight or poor management of the premises is likely to be eligible to make a claim for compensation. If the owner and staff of the supermarket have not observed their duty of care to customers, and this has resulted in an accident, compensation is likely to be awarded.
What will I need in order to make a supermarket accident claim?
If you have been involved in an accident whilst shopping in a supermarket, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation against any injuries or financial losses that you have suffered as a result of the incident. This is the case whether your accident happened in a small independent supermarket, or one of the well-known national chains, such as Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Aldi or Lidl.
To make a successful claim it is important to gather as much evidence and supporting information as possible, as this will help your solicitor to build a strong case. If you have been involved in a supermarket accident, the following actions and evidence will be of help when making a claim for compensation:
- Officially report the accident to the supermarket. An accident that occurs in a supermarket must be reported in order to be recorded and prevent further similar incidents from occurring to others. The report of the accident will also form the foundation of the evidence required in order to bring about a claim and so it is important that you ensure that the supermarket acknowledges the occurrence and document the accident. The supermarket may provide you with an accident form, and it is imperative that you complete this as fully as possible, providing details about the time of the accident, likely cause and any known effects. If an accident report form is not provided, the supermarket is legally obliged to record the accident in their accident book.
- Obtain witness details. Witnesses provide substantial support to any accident claim and so if anybody else was present at the time of your accident, you should try to obtain their names and contact information as well as copies of any statements that they may make at the time of the incident.
- Take photographs. It is wise to take photographs of the area in which your accident occurred as this is likely to provide the basis of substantial evidence in the event of making a claim. Photographs can demonstrate dangerous environments and highlight occurrences such as slippery floors, poorly stacked shelves, inadequate safety measures and a host of similar safety vulnerabilities in the supermarket. Photographs enhance your ability to prove the fault of your accident and strengthen your claim case.
- Begin legal proceedings with an experienced solicitor. Injury solicitors are experienced and skilled in supermarket accident claims. They will work closely with you to ensure that you build a strong case and achieve the maximum compensation possible for your injury and losses.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that you are awarded for your supermarket accident claim will vary greatly dependent upon your personal case. Each claim will be assessed to establish liability and the extent of any injuries and losses sustained. Contact an experienced solicitor who will evaluate the details of your specific case and will offer you a guideline as to the expected compensation award that you are likely to achieve.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
It is important to acknowledge that there are time limits in place for initiating a personal injury claim following a supermarket accident. The period for any person over the age of 18 to begin a supermarket accident claim is 3 years from the date of the incident. For children who have suffered an accident, the 3 year period commences on their 18th birthday unless the parent or guardian of the child opts to initiate a claim prior to this date. In this instance, any compensation that is awarded for the child can be held in an account that would be accessible by the injured child from their 18th birthday.