I am interested in making a claim for broken shinbone after I slipped and fell in a puddle of gravy on the floor of my local cafĂ©. I am a professional dancer and this injury will affect my career significantly, do I have a good chance of success?
When pursuing a claim for broken shinbone in this instance, provided that you have already obtained professional medical treatment for the injury that you have sustained, your first priority is proving the liability of your local restaurant. If you were responsible for the spilt gravy on the floor and slipped immediately after spilling it, it is unlikely that you have a claim worth pursuing. However, if the spill had been there for a significant amount of time, the restaurant owners will have failed in their duty of care to provide an environment that is maintained to the safest possible degree. If possible, try to compile evidence such as CCTV footage and witness statements from those who were around when your accident occurred.
You should keep a diary as a record of the pain and suffering your injury has caused you in your everyday life. Considering your love for dancing, suffering an injury like this could have a detrimental effect on your psychological state. Also attributable to your state of mind will be the alterations you may have to make to your everyday life. When calculating a claim your general state of health prior to the accident will be taken into account, as well as your age, sex and the impact the accident has had on your quality of life and state of mind. You mentioned that this shinbone is going to significantly affect your career in dancing; this is where special damages will come into your claim for broken shinbone. Special damages takes into consideration your medical expenses and other justifiable costs incurred as a result of your injury, as well as any financial losses that have occurred as a consequence. If you are unable to continue with your career in dancing, your final compensation settlement could be of quite a significant value.
All of this is just a general guide to pursuing a claim for broken shinbone compensation and by no means an alternative to seeking professional legal advice regarding your injury. Be sure to contact a personal injury solicitor at the first possible opportunity so that you can speak to them about the circumstances surrounding your potential claim.