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Compensation for Slipping on Nuts on the Floor in a Supermarket

Can I claim compensation for slipping on nuts on the floor in a supermarket if I aggravated an existing back problem? I slipped on spilled nuts on the floor in a supermarket and I have been in severe pain for weeks.

It is certainly possible to claim compensation for a slip on nuts in a supermarket if an existing injury has deteriorated due to your accident. The fact that you already had an injury will not prevent you from claiming personal injury compensation, although you would only be entitled to claim compensation for the additional pain and suffering caused when you slipped on nuts in a supermarket.

Supermarket floor slip hazard

Supermarket floor slip hazard

It is imperative, if you have not already done so, to visit a doctor about your back injury. Not only is it important to ensure that treatment is administered to reduce your pain and suffering, but it is important that the aggravation of your back problem is detailed in your medical records. Your medical history will be used as proof of re-injury when you claim compensation for slipping on nuts on the floor in a supermarket, and the diagnosis of the damage caused will help to determine compensation amounts.

After you have visited a doctor you should seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor. Although you sustained an injury when you slipped on spilled nuts on the floor in a supermarket, this does not automatically give you the right to claim compensation. It is only possible to take legal action against a supermarket if the store manager – or a member of staff – was negligent by failing to clean the spilled nuts in time to prevent your accident.

One of the criteria that must be satisfied before it is possible to make a claim for having slipped on nuts in a supermarket, is that there must have been a failure in a duty of care. You are owed a duty of care as soon as you enter the supermarket grounds, and while hazards such as spilled nuts on the floor can represent a failure in a duty of care, whether a duty of care has been breached in your case is likely to depend on how long the nuts were present on the floor prior to your accident.

If the nuts had just been spilled by a customer for instance, it would be unreasonable to have expected a member of staff to have identified the hazard and to have swept up in time to prevent your accident. Conversely, if you slipped on spilled nuts on the floor in a supermarket that had been present for an ‘unreasonable’ period of time, this would represent a failure in a duty of care and negligence of the store for failing to ensure the hazard was cleared promptly.

Obtaining proof of negligence to support your case will be much more straightforward if you allow a personal injury solicitor to pursue your case. After an investigation has been conducted, you will be advised if you can claim compensation for a slip on nuts in a supermarket, and you will also have your entitlement to compensation for your back injury assessed. Since evidence is easiest to collect close to the time of the accident, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure the strongest possible case can be built against the supermarket.