Can I make a claim for slipping on lettuce on Lidl floor? I did not notice the leaf of lettuce and I slipped and broke my wrist. I am unable to work for a number of weeks as a result. What is the procedure to claim compensation?
Before making a claim for slipping on lettuce on Lidl floor, it is necessary to verify that an accident and injury has taken place that was due to the negligence of a third party. In this case, it appears as though Lidl have been negligent by failing to clear up a potential hazard that caused your accident. Lidl must provide you with a safe environment in which to shop, and should they fail in doing so they may be held liable in a compensation claim.
Slipping on dropped vegetables
If the leaf of lettuce was lying on the floor for an unacceptable amount of time without being cleaned up, it would be determined that Lidl had not taken sufficient precautions to avert an accident. It is important to remember the possibility that you slipped on the leaf immediately after the accident occurred, in which case Lidl may not be liable as they would not have had the opportunity to remove the hazard. In any case, it is advised that you consult a personal injury solicitor in order to determine liability.
Following your accident, your immediate priority should be to seek medical attention rather than making a claim for slipping on lettuce on Lidl floor. This will create a medical record of your injury which will be useful as evidence when making a claim. This will also prevent allegations of contributory negligence for failing to seek immediate medical attention. If you had not already done so, you are advised to make a record of your accident and injury in the Accident Report Book of the supermarket. Evidence should be gathered if possible from shoppers who witnessed your accident and CCTV footage. You are again advised to consult a personal injury solicitor in order to receive assistance in gathering this evidence.
After reporting your accident to Lidl, there is a possibility that you may be directly approached by the insurers of the supermarket with an offer of compensation. However it should be remembered that such offers are rarely a fair reflection of the compensation to which you may be entitled, and are often made in order to save money for the insurance company. If you receive any offer such as this, you are advised to refer it to a personal injury solicitor who can determine if it is a fair settlement, and negotiate a better sum if required. A solicitor should also be contacted should you have further queries on making a claim for slipping on lettuce on Lidl floor.