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Claim for Twisting an Ankle in a Fall in a Supermarket

Can I make a claim for twisting an ankle in a fall in a supermarket due to a slip on water from a leaking refrigerator?

It is possible to make a claim for twisting an ankle in a fall in a supermarket against the store’s public liability insurance policy under certain circumstances. If your accident was caused by slipping on water on the floor it should be possible to make a claim, provided it can be established and proven that the supermarket staff failed to adhere to government health and safety legislation and your twisted ankle was caused due to a breach a duty of care.

Claim for twisting ankle in a fall

Claim for twisting ankle in a fall

Under the Occupier Liability Act (1957) supermarkets must ensure that the shop premises are kept reasonable safe, which includes identifying and cleaning spillages from the floor. The duty of care owed to customers is not absolute, and although you twisted an ankle in an accident in a supermarket, it does not necessarily mean the supermarket will be liable for your injury. Supermarket ankle injury claims are not always possible, even if an injury was caused by a spillage on a supermarket floor.

Although hazards must be cleaned promptly, the duty of care owed to customers is not absolute. The staff must be allowed a reasonable amount of time to conduct an inspection of the aisles to identify spillages and to arrange for them to be cleaned. Whether successful supermarket ankle injury claims can be made following a slip and fall in a supermarket often depends on the length of time a hazard was allowed to remain on the floor prior to the accident occurring.

When you make a claim for an sprained ankle from a fall in a supermarket due to a spillage, you must be able to prove that the supermarket staff were aware that the refrigerator was leaking and failed to place a warning sign on the floor or that the manager allowed the refrigerator to continue to be used when there was a known fault. It is also possible to claim on the grounds that the spillage should have been identified – under the circumstances – in time to prevent your accident and injury.

Determining how long the water was present on the floor prior to your accident can be complicated, and a personal injury solicitor should be consulted in this regard. A solicitor will make an access request to have a copy of security camera recordings released to help establish how long the hazard had been present. Store cleaning records will be requested to determine when the aisle was last cleaned.

The supermarket staff will also be questioned to find out if there was a known fault with the refrigerator, to determine if had been leaking for some time prior to your accident occurring. If your solicitor is able to obtain a good body of evidence to prove negligence of the store manager, you should be able to recover compensation for a twisted ankle in a supermarket.

However, you will not be entitled to make a claim for twisting an ankle in a fall in a supermarket if your injury was not severe enough to have required medical treatment. If you have not yet visited a doctor for an examination, this must be your number one priority. Your medical records will be used as proof of injury when you claim for compensation for a twisted ankle in a supermarket, and a personal injury claim cannot be justified if medical attention was not sought.