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Compensation for Cutting a Finger on Products Displayed in a Supermarket

I read that I may be able to claim for a cut from a supermarket shelf, but is it also possible to claim compensation for cutting a finger on products displayed in a supermarket?

It is possible to claim compensation for cutting a finger on products displayed in a supermarket; however claims of this nature have potential to be problematic. It is not always straightforward to determine whether a member of staff was negligent for allowing a damaged product to be placed on the shelves.

Cutting a foot or leg on a display in a supermarket

Cutting a foot or leg on a display in a supermarket

Claims for having cut a finger on damaged product packaging in a supermarket are invariably complicated by the fact that the duty of care owed to customers is not absolute. It must be established – and proven – that the product packaging was excessively dangerous, and that the damage to the packaging should have been noticed by a member of shelf replenishment staff under the circumstances.

It is therefore advisable to seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor to find out if you are entitled to claim compensation for having cut a finger on damaged product packaging in a supermarket. A solicitor will also determine where liability for your injury lies. It may be necessary to make a product liability claim against the manufacturer rather than making a claim against the store’s public liability insurance policy. It is conceivable that liability may even be shared between the supermarket and the product manufacturer and separate claims may need to be made against both negligent third parties.

Before the negligent third party is identified and the right to claim finger cuts from products in a supermarket is confirmed, a solicitor will need to assess the severity of the your cut finger to determine if a claim can be justified. Even if the supermarket (or manufacturer) has breached a duty of care and has been negligent, it may not be worth while taking legal action to recover compensation for cutting a finger on products displayed in a supermarket if the injury sustained was not severe.

Usually a solicitor will establish negligence before compensation amounts are calculated, but in the case of finger cuts from products in a supermarket, you should be given an indication of the level of compensation you can recover before a full investigation into your case is conducted.

After you have found out approximately how much compensation you are entitled to claim, you can then decide if it will be worth your while to instruct a solicitor to investigate your case to determine if the supermarket or product manufacturer has been negligent.

After your case has been thoroughly investigated and evidence of negligence has been collected, you will be advised if a claim is possible, the likelihood of your case being successful and compensation amounts will be accurately calculated. Letters of claim can then be drafted and sent, and your solicitor will attempt to negotiate a suitable settlement with the relevant insurance companies.