In this guide, we will look at the circumstances in which a supermarket accident lawyer could help you. If you’ve been injured as a result of the negligence of someone who had a responsibility to ensure your safety, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Sustaining an injury can impact your daily life significantly. Even minor injuries, like sprains and strains or minor head injuries, can affect how you live your life as you recover. And if you’re permanently injured, then you might need ongoing care or experience a permanent loss of earnings.
Throughout this guide, we will offer you as much information and guidance as possible. If you’d like to make a claim, you can contact our team of advisers today. They can happily chat with you about your case and assess the amount of compensation you could be owed.
If your claim looks promising, an adviser can connect you to a helpful supermarket accident lawyer from our panel. They can then discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on your personal injury claim.
We suggest you contact our team of advisers via:
- A phone call on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your claim.
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- Essential Retail Accident Claims
When you’re a member of the public in a public place, you’re owed a duty of care by the party in control of the space. This duty of care is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This states that the “occupier” of the space (the person in control) needs to ensure that it’s safe to be used for the intended purpose.
If you’re an employee at a supermarket, your employer is bound by a duty of care. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They need to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety; if they fail to do this and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.
How might a supermarket accident happen?
There are various ways that a supermarket accident could occur. Here are some examples:
- A slip, trip or fall – You could slip on a spill in a supermarket. If this was not signposted or cleaned up within a reasonable time frame, this could be an example of negligence and you may be able to claim.
- Falling from a height – This could occur if you fell off a faulty ladder, for example, in the stock room if you’re an employee. If it was found that this ladder hadn’t been checked in a reasonable timeframe, you may be able to claim.
- Falling object injuries- If you’re an employee or member of the public, you could be crushed by an object (such as an unsecured shelf) falling on top of you. You could sustain an injury like a crushed hand or a crushed leg. In serious cases, a crushed limb such as an arm may need to be amputated.
Our expert team of advisers would be happy to have a chat with you about your injury and discuss your next steps. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you to a supermarket solicitor from our panel to begin the claims process.
If you’ve had an accident in a supermarket, these are the steps you’re recommended to take:
- Seek medical care – The first thing it’s recommended you do is seek medical attention. This will ensure you receive a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible, so you can begin your recovery. Furthermore, the medical records generated from this could be used to support your claim.
- Collect evidence – It may be a good idea for you to collect evidence as soon as you can for your claim. This will help to prove that you’re not at fault for your accident and will help you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
- Contact a solicitor – There’s no legal requirement to have a solicitor work with you when making claim. However, having one act on your behalf can make the claims process easier. They can discuss your case and connect you to a supermarket accident lawyer from our panel if your claim is valid.
For more information on the process of claiming for a supermarket accident caused by negligence, speak with one of our advisors today. They will be happy to offer you free legal advice about claiming.
The general time limit for starting a personal injury claim is three years. This generally runs from the date of the incident. However, it can also run from the date that you became aware that your injuries were caused by negligence. The latter is referred to as the “date of knowledge”.
However, there are some exceptions to this time limit. These include:
- Child accident claims. When a child is injured, they cannot pursue their own claim. A litigation friend can claim on their behalf and the time limit is suspended until they turn 18. Once they come of age, they have 3 years in which to start their own claim.
- Claims for those who lack the mental capacity to claim themselves. A litigation friend can also pursue a claim on behalf of someone who cannot claim themselves because they aren’t mentally capable of doing so. While the injured person cannot claim themselves, the time limit is suspended; it starts again in the event that the injured person becomes able to pursue their own claim.
It’s important that you begin your claim within this time limit. If you don’t, your claim may become statute-barred. This could prevent you from receiving any compensation through a claim at all.
You can get in touch with our empathetic team of advisers to receive legal advice for free. They’re available around the clock to discuss your situation and answer your questions. If your claim is legitimate, they can connect you to an expert supermarket accident lawyer from our panel.
As we have previously mentioned, you’re owed a duty of care whether you’re a customer or an employee. You would still be able to make a claim if a breach of duty of care led to your injuries.
As we have already mentioned, those who are under the age of 18 or who lack the mental capacity to claim can be awarded compensation. However, they cannot pursue their own claim. Instead, a litigation friend can do this on their behalf.
If you’re unsure whether or not you’re entitled to claim, why not speak with one of our advisors today? You could be connected with a No Win No Fee supermarket injury solicitor from our panel to work on your claim.
If you’d like to make a claim, it can be a good idea to collect evidence beforehand. This can help prove who was at fault for your injury; some kinds of evidence can also prove the severity of your injuries, which may influence how much compensation you receive.
Here are some examples of evidence you can gather to support your claim:
- CCTV footage – This will provide video evidence of exactly how the accident happened and what the cause was.
- Photos of your injury – If your injury is visible, it may be a good idea to take photos of it. You could also take photographs of it as it heals.
- Witness statements – If anyone saw the injury when it occurred, you should take their contact details. They may be able to provide a statement at a later date.
If you’d like to discuss other pieces of evidence you could include in your claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team of advisers. They can offer you free legal advice about your situation. Furthermore, they may be able to connect you with a supermarket injury lawyer from our panel.
The below compensation table shows the latest compensation figures from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication containing guideline compensation brackets that have been based on previous settlements. It’s important to note that these are just guidelines; you won’t be guaranteed this amount in a claim.
|Foot Injuries||Very Severe||Permanent, severe pain or serious disability that’s permanent. Furthermore, the forefoot could be traumatically amputated.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot Injuries||Serious||Traumatic arthritis leads to pain that’s continuous or there’s a risk of the person developing arthritis in the future. Also may lead to fusion surgery and long-term treatment.||£23,460 to £36,790|
|Wrist Injuries||(b)||A permanent disability that’s significant.||£22,990 to £36,770|
|Wrist Injuries||(c)||The injury isn’t as severe as above but the disability is permanent and there’s stiffness and pain.||£11,820 to £22,990|
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips||Severe (i)||The pelvis has an extensive fracture, for example when the lower back is dislocated. This causes severe pain and may require spinal fusion.||£73,580 to £122,860|
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips||Moderate (i)||There’s significant pelvis or hip disability but it is not severe and there’s no significant risk for the future.||£24,950 to £36,770|
|Injuries to the Elbow||A Severely Disabling Injury||An injury to the elbow that causes a severe disability||£36,770 to £51,460|
|Injuries to the Elbow||Moderate or Minor Injury||Tennis elbow injury, fractures that are simple, or lacerations.||Up to £11,820|
|Head/brain injury||Minor||If there is any brain damage, it will be minimal.||£2,070 to £11,980|
|Neck injury||Minor (i)||A full recovery will be made within a period of 1-2 years||£4,080 to £7,410
The figures in the table above represent general damages. This is the part of your compensation that covers you for the physical and psychological damage that you’ve sustained.
As part of your claim, you will be invited to a medical appointment. In this assessment, an independent expert will assess your injuries and compile their findings in a report. The report from this meeting will be used to work out the value of your claim.
The financial issues you experience because of your injuries can be reimbursed through special damages. An example of this could be if you experienced a loss of earnings when you were off work with your injuries. You should provide evidence (for example, payslips or receipts) to support any costs or losses you want to include in your claim.
For more information on the factors that will affect how much you could receive, or for a no-obligation valuation of your claim, speak with one of our advisors today.
When you make a claim with a lawyer, you could fund their work through a No Win No Fee agreement. This is an agreement between you and your lawyer stating what conditions need to be met before they ask you to pay them.
If your claim isn’t successful, you don’t have to pay your solicitor anything. There is also nothing to pay them before your claim starts or as it progresses.
If your claim is successful, a percentage will be taken off your compensation by your lawyer. This is known as a “success fee”, and is kept small through a legal cap.
A supermarket accident lawyer would be happy to explore the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements with you. You can contact our team of advisers today to discuss this.
Our team of advisers can be reached on:
- Telephone on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your situation right now.
- Our contact form online to chat with one of our advisers at your nearest available time.
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Article by OA