I have a bad cut to my cheek after a slip and fall on water in a supermarket, will I be entitled to claim compensation for a facial injury from tripping in a supermarket?
It is possible to make a claim for a facial cut from a supermarket accident, although whether you will be entitled to claim compensation for a facial injury from tripping in a supermarket will depend on how the accident occurred. A claim for personal injury compensation can be made for any injury sustained in a supermarket that could have been prevented by the staff, provided it resulted from a failure in a duty of care and negligence by the staff.
Facial injury from tripping and falling in a supermarket
It is unlikely that you would have slipped and fallen if the floor had been dry, and the staff could have prevented your accident my mopping up the water. Whether it would have been reasonable to expect the water to have been mopped up in time to prevent your accident is not clear, and it is therefore not possible to tell if a duty of care has been breached and if the staff was negligent under the circumstances.
If it was raining and the floor was slippery at the entrance to the store, it would be unreasonable to expect the staff to have been able to keep the floor dry, although a warning sign should be placed inside the store to alert customers to the risk of slipping. The lack of a warning sign may be grounds to make a claim for compensation, although injury claims made on these grounds can be problematic.
If you slipped on a spillage inside the store, you should be able to claim for an injury to the face in a supermarket from falling if it can be established that the staff were aware of the spillage and failed to mop up in a reasonable time frame. A supermarket claim for a facial injury would also be possible if it can be established that the staff should have been aware of the spillage.
If regular inspections of the shop floor were not being conducted, this could be classed as a failure in a duty of care for allowing a hazard to remain for an unacceptable period of time. Whether compensation for a facial injury from tripping in a supermarket could be made on this basis would depend on the length of time between the creation of the hazard and your slip and fall. If water had been spilled by a customer shortly before you had your accident, it may have been unreasonable to expect the staff to have been able to take action in time to prevent you from sustaining an injury.
The best course of action to take to find out if the circumstances of your accident allow you to make a claim for an injury to the face in a supermarket is to speak with a personal injury solicitor about the accident. After you have explained how you came to slip and fall and an investigation into your case has been conducted, you will find out if a supermarket claim for a facial injury is possible and how much compensation you will be entitled to claim against the storeās public liability insurance policy.