How much can I claim for slipping on fruit on a supermarket floor? I recently slipped on a bunch of grapes while shopping and I broke my arm. The supermarket management have said that they are investigating, but told me to expect contributory negligence to affect compensation.
The compensation given for a claim for slipping on fruit on a supermarket floor will be affected if contributory negligence is an issue. No two claims are identical, and therefore no two compensation amounts will be the same. In order to establish how much compensation you may be entitled to receive, liability must first be determined. The supermarket will be held liable for your injuries in the situation that the grapes had been present on the floor for an unacceptable amount of time before your accident occurred. If the supermarket had failed to clear up the hazard, they will be liable for your injuries.
Tripping hazard in a shop
However the amount of compensation which you can claim for slipping on fruit on a supermarket floor can be affected if it is determined that the grapes had fallen onto the floor immediately prior to your accident. In this case compensation may not be forthcoming as the supermarket would not have had an opportunity to remove the hazard. If you failed to seek immediate medical attention after an accident, it may be suggested that your lack of action made your injuries worse. This might not disqualify you from making a claim, but it can affect the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. For this reason you are advised to contact a personal injury solicitor if you believe contributory negligence could be a factor in your injuries.
Your final compensation amount will comprise of the following aspects. General damages will pay for any injuries you may have sustained because of your accident, and will consider the severity of the injuries as well as their long-term effects. Special damages will compensate for any expenses that you have incurred as a direct result of your injury, which may include medical expenses and the cost of alternative transport. Any income you have lost if you were unable to work may also be compensated. Loss of amenity will provide compensation if your livelihood has suffered because of your injuries, such as an impaired ability to perform everyday tasks or being unable to enjoy activities in which you would have normally partaken. Finally you can claim damages for psychological trauma caused by your injury or the recovery process, although this must be verified by a psychiatrist first.
As previously mentioned, it is difficult to determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled without specific details. Because of this, if you believe you have a valid claim for slipping on fruit on a supermarket floor you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity.