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Claim for Spraining a Wrist from Falling in a Supermarket

I slipped on a wet floor with no warning sign; will I be entitled to claim for spraining a wrist from falling in a supermarket?

There is a common misconception that personal injury claims can always be made if a supermarket failed to use warning sign to alert customers to the risk of slipping and falling, and while this could certainly give an accident victim grounds to make a claim for spraining a wrist from falling in a supermarket, this is not necessarily the case.

Claim spraining wrist in a supermarket

Claim spraining wrist in a supermarket

If a wet floor is identified by members of staff, they should call the cleaning staff to arrange for the spillage to be mopped. They should also place a warning sign on the floor until cleaning can be arranged. To perform both of these tasks the hazard must be left unattended for a short period of time. Should an accident occur during the time it takes a member of staff to alert the cleaning staff or to place a warning sign over the wet floor, this is unlikely to constitute a failure in a duty of care or negligence by the member of staff concerned.

A claim for a sprained a wrist in a supermarket from a fall on a wet floor may also not be possible if the hazard had only just been created. The staff should complete routine inspections of the supermarket floor to check for hazards such as spillages, but it would be unreasonable to expect spillages to be identified immediately.

Under the Occupier Liability Act, the staff must only reduce the risk of injury to a reasonable level, and time must be allowed for hazards to be identified and removed or for warning signs to be put in place. A claim for compensation for a sprained wrist in a supermarket is therefore only likely to be possible if a hazard had been present for an unacceptable length of time.

Because the circumstances of each case needs to be thoroughly assessed before eligibility to make a claim for a wrist sprain from a fall in a supermarket can be confirmed, it is not possible to tell you if you will be able to make a claim against the supermarket’s public liability insurance policy without further information on the circumstances of the accident.

To find out if you can claim for spraining a wrist from falling in a supermarket you will need to speak with a personal injury solicitor about your case. You should explain how the accident occurred and the location of the water on the floor, and how the spillage appeared to have been caused. The actions you took after the accident can affect the right to claim compensation for a sprained wrist in a supermarket, so you will be asked questions about when you sought medical treatment and whether the accident was reported to the staff.

It may not be possible to have the right to claim for a wrist sprain from a fall in a supermarket confirmed without an investigation into the accident being completed, but you should receive an indication as to whether a claim could be possible and the level of compensation which you may be able to claim. If it appears that you have a valid case, you can instruct your chosen solicitor to conduct a full investigation of your case.