Is it possible to claim for sprain injury in accident compensation from a supermarket since I sustained the injury from slipping on a grape?
You may be eligible to claim for sprain injury in accident provided that it can be established that the supermarket owners, management or staff were negligent and breached their “duty of care” to provide you with a safe and clean environment in which to shop. It should be noted, however, that since this duty of care is not “absolute”, the supermarket could not be deemed liable for your injury if it transpires that staff members could not have possibly identified and removed the hazard in a “reasonable” amount of time.
As your accident sprain injury compensation claim must be substantiated with evidence of negligence, there are several procedures that you should complete. Your health should have been your top priority following the accident and you should have sought medical treatment immediately after the accident occurred. Even if it was unnecessary to have summoned an ambulance, you should have visited the nearest Accident and Emergency department or made an emergency appointment to visit your GP. Not only will medical attention from a professional alleviate your injury, your medical history will be update to include details of your accident injury and can be used to support your accident compensation sprain injury claim.
To further benefit your claim for sprain injury in accident, you should have collected the details of any witnesses who could later be called upon to support your claim. Additionally, you should have reported the accident to the supermarket manager to have your injury recorded in the supermarket’s Accident Report Book – which can prove that the accident did in fact occur in the supermarket. It is important that you retained a personal copy of the report that you can present to your solicitor who can refer to it during his or her investigation of your case.
You would be strongly recommended to discuss the circumstances of your accident sprain injury compensation case with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor as soon as possible following medical care. Even if you have not completed all of the procedures mentioned above, you may still be entitled to claim for accident compensation sprain injury. In the initial consultation – which most solicitors offer without charge – your solicitor can evaluate your claim to establish its viability. In an effort to prove liability, they could also access the supermarket’s CCTV to note how long the grape had been present on the floor and can see what efforts the supermarket made to remove it.
You may be approached by the supermarket’s insurance company with an early offer of compensation for your claim for sprain injury in accident. Because of the high possibility of being under-compensated, you should refer such an offer to your solicitor who would be in a good position to determine whether or not it genuinely represents the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on your quality of life.