I was injured in an accident in a supermarket car park. I fell and broke my ankle when I tripped over a raised paving stone. Can I claim compensation against the supermarket?
If you have been injured in an accident in a supermarket car park it is important to file an accident report in the supermarketâ€™s accident book. Although this is a standard procedure whenever an accident in a supermarket occurs; this also applies to an accident in a supermarket car park. You must also have sought professional medical attention for your injuries if you want to claim for an accident in a supermarket car park, as your injuries must be recorded in your medical records.
Dangerous tripping hazard in supermarket
In order for you to be eligible to claim compensation for a supermarket car park accident, the accident must have been caused by third party negligence and there must have been a failure in a duty of care. A supermarket owes its customers and visitors a duty of care to ensure that not only the interior of the store is maintained to a high standard and is free from hazards, but also the supermarket car park must be kept in a good state of repair. If you can establish and prove that the accident in a supermarket car park was due to negligence of the supermarket, you should stand a good chance of recovering personal injury compensation against the supermarketÂ´s public liability insurance policy.
Establishing negligence in claim for an accident in a supermarket car park will involve collecting evidence of the cause of the accident. Taking photographs of the hazard will help to support your compensation claim for an accident in a supermarket car park. If your injuries allow you to return to the scene of the accident, you should take photographs of the paving stone using an item of known size for scale. This should clearly show the height of the raised paving stone in order to prove that it represented a serious trip risk. If your injuries prevent you from doing this you should ask a friend or family member to do this on your behalf.
You should also speak with a personal injury solicitor about making a claim for an accident in a supermarket car park. Claiming compensation for an accident in a supermarket car park has potential to be more complicated than for an accident which occurred in store. A personal injury solicitor will help you to establish negligence and obtain proof of this to support your supermarket car park accident claim.
It will also be necessary to establish that the accident in a supermarket car park occurred in an area which should have been maintained by the supermarket. Paving in a supermarket car park at the property boundaries may in fact be owned and maintained by the local authority. Only if the accident in a supermarket car park occurred on private property will a claim be possible against the supermarket, otherwise it will be necessary to file the supermarket accident claim against the local authority. A personal injury solicitor will be able to establish against whom the supermarket car park accident claim should be made.