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Claim for Slipping on Peas on the Floor in a Supermarket

How can I prove negligence if I make a claim for slipping on peas on the floor in a supermarket?

After your injuries have been treated by a doctor, the most important step to take to ensure a claim for slipping on peas on the floor in a supermarket has the maximum probability of success is to obtain proof of negligence. This can be problematic when accidents have been caused by spillages in supermarkets, as it is not possible to return to the store to collect photographic evidence of the hazard which caused the accident. Because it is likely to be difficult for you to collect evidence of negligence personally, it is strongly recommended that you use a personal injury solicitor to pursue your case.

Claim slipping on floor in supermarket

Claim slipping on floor in supermarket

When you contact a solicitor you be able to find out if you are entitled to make a claim for slipping on peas on the floor in a supermarket against the store’s public liability insurance policy under the circumstances, and your chosen solicitor will assist you with collecting evidence of negligence.

Even if it is possible to prove the presence of a hazard on the floor – such as with witness statements of security camera recordings – it does not necessarily mean that the accident resulted from negligence of the store manager because the duty of care owed to customers in not absolute. This means that the supermarket is not liable for all accidents which occur inside the store, even if they are caused by slip hazard on the floor.

The Occupier Liability Act (1957) – one of the main legislative acts covering health and safety in supermarkets – does not demand that all hazards be removed immediately. Supermarket managers must only ensure that the store is kept reasonably safe, and should a spillage occur, the staff must be allowed time to identify the hazard and clean up.

In order for a claim for slipping on peas on the floor in a supermarket to be successful, your solicitor will attempt to prove that either the supermarket staff were aware of the spillage and failed to take action to remove the peas from the floor, or that the staff should have been aware of the spillage and have cleaned in time to prevent your accident.

Statements taken from eye-witnesses can be useful in claims for compensation for a slip and fall on frozen peas in a supermarket, although usually only to help establish the extent of the hazard in the absence of any photographic evidence (or security camera data). A customer is unlikely to be able to give any reliable evidence as to the length of time that the peas had been present on the floor prior to your slip and fall.

Determining whether the staff should have identified the hazard in time to prevent your slip and fall on peas in a supermarket is likely to be more complicated. Security camera data may show the time when the hazard was created, or if members of staff had visited the aisle and failed to notice the spillage. A solicitor will also request a copy of the store’s cleaning records to determine whether routine cleaning had been performed.

Although you should allow a solicitor to investigate your claim for compensation for a slip and fall on frozen peas in a supermarket and to collect evidence to prove negligence, one action you should take personally is to ensure there is a written record of your slip and fall on peas in a supermarket in the store’s accident book. If you did not make a report at the time, you should return to the store to do this as soon as possible to do this.