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Claim for Slipping on Ice in a Supermarket Car Park

Eligibility to Claim for Slipping on Ice in a Supermarket Car Park

If you slipped on ice in a supermarket car park and sustained a personal injury severe enough to have required medical treatment, you may be entitled to make a claim for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park against the supermarket’s public liability insurance policy.

Slipping on icy surface

Slipping on icy surface

You are owed a common duty of care when visiting a supermarket, which covers the store, car park and the entire grounds of the supermarket. Under this duty of care the supermarket manager must ensure that all areas of the premises are kept safe and free from hazards; as far as is reasonably practicable. A failure to take the appropriate actions to reduce the risk of customers slipping and falling could be considered to be a breach in that duty of care, and negligence by the store manager.

The duty of care owed to customers does not require the manager to clear ice and snow from the entire car park, although efforts should be made by the store manager to reduce the risk of customers slipping in areas of the grounds that are likely to receive high numbers of visitors. These areas should ideally be gritted to prevent the formation of ice, and the store entrance and car park should be inspected to identify any areas that are particularly dangerous.

If a supermarket car park is only partially gritted, patches of ice can form which make the car park more dangerous than if no effort was made to remove snow and ice. If the efforts to clear snow and ice increased the risk of a slip and fall on ice in a supermarket car park, it is probable that a claim could be made against the store’s public liability insurance policy.

Provided that an accident was reasonably foreseeable and insufficient actions were taken to reduce the risk of customers slipping and falling, it should be possible to make supermarket car park accident claims. However, since it can be complicated to establish whether there has been a failure in a duty of care, it is important that legal advice is sought to determine whether compensation for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park can be claimed under the circumstances.

Evidence to Support a Claim for Compensation for a Slip and Fall on Ice in a supermarket Car Park

Before a claim for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park can be made, it is important that evidence of negligence is collected. Ideally, photographs should have been taken of the patch of ice which caused the slip and fall (such as with a mobile phone camera) and eye-witness contact details should have been recorded. Proof of injury is also required when claiming compensation for slipping on ice in a car park, which will come from medical records.

Evidence should also be collected to prove an injury resulted from a slip and fall on ice in a supermarket car park, and not in another location where no duty of care was owed. It is therefore important that the accident is reported to the store manager and a record of the accident is made in the store’s accident book. If you have not yet made an accident book report it is important that you do this as soon as possible.

If you slipped on ice in a supermarket car park in an area covered by the store’s security cameras there is a possibility that the accident was recorded. It may be possible to obtain a copy of the camera data to help establish and prove negligence of the store manager.
If you use a personal injury solicitor to pursue supermarket car park accident claims, evidence of negligence will be collected on your behalf. Copies of CCTV data will be requested by your chosen solicitor, eye-witness statements will be taken and other documentation (such as copies of the accident book report and your medical records) will be requested on your behalf.

The Calculation of Compensation for Slipping on Ice in a Car Park

If you are entitled to make a personal injury claim, a solicitor will also calculate your maximum entitlement to compensation for slipping on ice in a car park. The calculation of compensation amounts in a claim for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park can be complex. The degree of pain and suffering must be determined, the expected recovery time must be calculated and doctors need to be consulted to provide an accurate prognosis of a full recovery being made. Any change in quality of life as a result of the slip and fall on ice in a supermarket car park will also be factored into compensation amounts.

Financial losses are calculated separately in supermarket car park accident claims. If you damaged any personal property when you slipped on ice in a car park, the cost of repair or replacement of damaged items can usually be recovered by making a claim for special damages. Special damages can also include medical treatment costs, loss of earnings, additional transport charges and other legitimate expenses incurred.

Speak with a Personal Injury Solicitor About Making Supermarket Car Park Accident Claims

If you slipped on ice in a supermarket car park and believe the store manager should have prevented your accident, it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor as soon as possible to find out if you have grounds to make supermarket car park accident claims for your injuries. Eligibility to claim for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park will be assessed, and any evidence of negligence that has been collected will be evaluated.

Most personal injury solicitors offer an initial assessment of a claim for a slip and fall on ice in a supermarket car park without charge or obligation to proceed with legal action. Legal advice will be offered on the steps which must be taken in order to ensure compensation for slipping on ice in a supermarket car park can be recovered, the claims process will be explained and the costs of taking legal action will be explained.