If I make a claim for slipping on yogurt spilled on the floor in a supermarket, how much compensation am I likely to receive for a dislocated shoulder?
Before a claim for slipping on yogurt spilled on the floor in a supermarket is initiated, a solicitor will calculate the damages that you are entitled to claim for your slip and fall on yogurt. The calculation of compensation amounts will be based on past court precedents and the compensation ranges suggested by the Judicial College Board.
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In the Guidelines for the Assessment for General Damages in Personal Injuries, typical compensation ranges are stated for orthopaedic shoulder injuries; categorised by the severity of damage caused. You can check this online to obtain an approximate level of compensation that can be recovered, although you will not be able to view the most up to date version of this reference.
Shoulder injuries are classified as moderate, serious and very serious, with a compensation range provided for each category. However where a specific injury falls within the recommended compensation range depends on the degree of pain, suffering and loss of amenity suffered. It is not possible to tell you the level of damages which are applicable without knowing about the exact nature of your injury, although your claim is likely to see general damages amounts of several thousand pounds awarded for your slip and fall on yogurt in a supermarket like Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, or Sainsburys.
In addition to general damages, you will also be entitled to recover any costs and expenses accrued as a result of your injury, in addition to recouping the cost of personal property damaged or lost in your accident. Special damages claims are typically made when an accident victim has been unable to work and has suffered loss of earnings and to cover the cost of medical treatment, although any cost or expense can be included in a claim for special damages provided it can be substantiated by receipts or invoices.
The total amount of compensation for slipping on yogurt in a supermarket (the sum of general and special damages) can vary substantially from case to case, depending on the nature of the injury and its impact on quality of life. It should be noted that all major chains of supermarkets such as Waitrose, Morrissons, Lidle, Booths, The Co-Op, Aldi etc provide safety training to avoid accidents that might cause injuries to their customers.
The best way to obtain an estimate of the amount of compensation for slipping on yogurt in an supermarket you will be entitled to claim is to speak about your case with a personal injury solicitor. An accurate calculation will only be made once your claim for slipping on yogurt spilled on the floor in a supermrket has been fully investigated and your injuries have been assessed by an expert doctor.