I slipped in a supermarket and badly injured my ankle and lower back and I have just found out that I might be entitled to claim compensation for slipping on a strawberry in a supermarket. The accident happened two months ago, will I still be able to make a claim?
The timescale for claiming compensation for slipping on a strawberry in a supermarket is governed by the Statute of Limitations, which allows three years for a personal injury claim to be made. You still have ample time to initiate your claim for a slip and fall on a strawberry in a supermarket, although you should seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
Slipping on fruit on a supermarket floor
A delay of two months will not affect your right to make a claim for personal injury compensation, although it may now be difficult to prove that the accident resulted from negligence of the supermarket staff. If it cannot be proven that you slipped on a strawberry on the floor in a supermarket, your claim is unlikely to be successful.
If an ambulance was called by the staff at the store to take you to hospital or if an accident book report was made at the time, it should be possible to obtain proof that your accident occurred inside the store. A copy of the accident book can be obtained to support your claim for a slip and fall on a strawberry in a supermarket.
If an ambulance was called to take you to hospital after you slipped on a strawberry on the floor in a supermarket, it is probable that the store manager notified the Health and Safety Executive. An injury to a customer that required paramedics to be called is reportable under RIDDOR guidelines. There should therefore be a record that the accident took place inside the store, and this will be valuable proof of the accident when you claim for a slip and fall on a strawberry in a supermarket, especially in the absence of an accident book report.
Proof of negligence must also be collected to support your case. This is easiest to collect soon after the accident has occurred, although it may still be possible to obtain evidence of negligence, and a solicitor will provide assistance in this regard.
When you contact a personal injury solicitor to discuss your case, you will be asked to describe the accident in as much detail as possible. You will be asked about the actions you took immediately after you sustained your injury and you should explain any evidence you collected at the time and if you reported your accident to the supermarket staff.
You will also be asked about the injuries you sustained, and you should explain in detail what your doctor has told you and if you are still suffering as a result of your injuries. Your right to claim compensation for slipping on a strawberry in a supermarket will be assessed, and you should be given an indication of the likelihood of your case being successful after an investigation of the accident has been conducted. You will also be advised about the amount of compensation that can be recovered, which will be determined by the severity of the injuries you sustained and how they have affected your quality of life.