Can I claim for fracturing a bone in an accident in a supermarket if I slipped on a wet floor that had recently been mopped? I fractured a bone in my wrist when I fell awkwardly.
A claim for fracturing a bone in an accident in a supermarket should be possible if the accident was caused by negligence of a member of the supermarket staff. Provided your injury could have been prevented by the staff, and it would have been reasonable to have expected them to do so under the circumstances, a claim for fracturing a bone in an accident in a supermarket should be possible.
Cut leg in a supermarket
When you visit a supermarket you should not be exposed to an excessive risk of sustaining an injury, and the supermarket manager has a legal responsibility to ensure hazards are removed and you are allowed to shop in relative safety. The duty of care is not absolute, so the supermarket manager cannot be expected to address all potential slip hazards the second they appear. Time must be allowed for hazards to be identified and action taken to remove them. Claims for slips and falls on wet floors are therefore not always possible, even if an injury was sustained due to a slip on a wet floor.
In the case of a floor that has been left wet after mopping, it is a standard health and safety practice to place a wet floor warning sign over the section of the floor that has been mopped if it is slippery. If no warning sign was used this could certainly constitute a failure in a duty of care by the member of staff who mopped the floor. The creation of a hazard would almost certainly constitute negligence and would give you grounds for making supermarket fractured bone claims. All major supermarket groups, including Tesco, Marks & Spencers, Asda, Sainsburys, Aldi, Lidl, and Morrisons, will have policies and procedures to avoid customers being exposed to wet floors.
Supermarket fractured bone claims must be supported by evidence of negligence, and it is important that this is collected as soon as possible. Many accident victims choose to use a solicitor to ensure all legal process are completed correctly, and all available evidence is collected. If you were able to record the contact details of eye-witnesses to the accident before you left the store, it should be possible for a solicitor to take statements to prove how the accident occurred, and to confirm that the floor was left wet and slippery after mopping. It may be possible to obtain a copy of security camera data under the Data Protection Act, which will serve the same purpose if eye-witness details were not recorded.
Once proof of negligence has been collected and your injuries have been fully assessed, it will be possible for a solicitor to calculate how much compensation for a bone fracture from a supermarket accident can be claimed. You can decide at this point if you wish to proceed with a claim against the storeās public liability insurance policy, once you are aware of how much compensation you can recover.
If you decide to proceed with a claim for compensation for a bone fracture from a supermarket accident, your solicitor will draft a letter of claim to send to the store manager to commence the claim process, and if there is considerable evidence of negligence to support your claim, your case should be resolved relatively quickly.