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Supermarket Accident Claims Guide

If you have sustained an injury in a supermarket accident for which you were not wholly at fault, you should be eligible to make supermarket accident claims for compensation. However, making claims for a supermarket accident can often be more difficult than you may imagine – with issues such as the removal of evidence, your own negligence and the intervention of insurance companies all potentially obstructing what should be a straightforward legal process.

Liquid spilled on a supermarket floor

Liquid spilled on a supermarket floor

If you believe that you have sustained an injury in a supermarket accident which could have been avoided with greater care, this supermarket accident claims guide will provide you with general information you need to make claims for supermarket accident compensation. Please note that it is no substitute for discussing the circumstances surrounding your supermarket accident with an experienced supermarket accident claims solicitor to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement of your supermarket accident claim.

Eligibility to Make Supermarket Accident Claims

In order to make supermarket accident claims for compensation, you must have sustained a quantifiable injury due to the negligence of the supermarket. Therefore, before any supermarket accident claims can be made it is vital that you undergo a medical examination of your injuries by a doctor who will record the injury in your medical notes. Without a legitimate record of your injury, you will be unable to make supermarket accident claims for compensation even if you received first aid at the supermarket after your accident.

Evidence of an injury alone is not sufficient to make supermarket accident claims. It also has to be established that your injury occurred due to the negligence of the supermarket or somebody who worked in the supermarket who had a responsibility for your health and safety. Negligence can manifest in many ways in a supermarket; from spills of food and liquid on the floor to obstacles left in supermarket aisles to inadequate training and the failure to adhere to health and safety regulations. The supermarket should provide a safe environment in which to shop, and if any element of their obligations for health and safety are not met – and you sustain a supermarket injury as a result – you will be eligible to make supermarket accident claims.

Information Required to Make Supermarket Accident Claims

With copies of your medical notes and the entry made in the supermarket´s “Accident Report Book” following your supermarket accident, you now have the minimum information required to make supermarket accident claims for compensation. In order to reinforce your claim it is suggested that that you also collect:-

  • Photographic evidence of the hazard in the supermarket which caused your accident
  • Contact information of any witnesses to your supermarket accident
  • Receipts for expenses you have incurred due to your supermarket accident
  • Details of the supermarket´s public liability insurance company

You may or may not be able to acquire all of this information in support of a supermarket accident claim depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of the injuries you sustained. Much of this information can be obtained after you have received medical attention – although photographic evidence may be hard to get if an obstacle which caused your supermarket accident has been removed.

Getting Help from an Supermarket Accident Claims Solicitor

At a time when you may be recovering from a major supermarket injury, it may be more sensible to allow an experienced solicitor to take over your claim, collect any proof of negligence which is still required and complete any outstanding procedures. Many solicitors offer “No Win, No Fee” legal representation when there is a strong possibility of supermarket accident claims being successful and you may already be covered for any legal expenses by a home contents or car insurance policy.

Once your solicitor has established that you have a claim for supermarket accident compensation which is worth your while to pursue, he or she will compile a Letter of Claim which is sent to the supermarket advising them that you are making a claim for supermarket accident compensation and the reasons why. The supermarket has twenty-one days in which to acknowledge the letter, and three months in which to advise your solicitor whether or not they accept liability for your supermarket accident injury.

Settling Supermarket Accident Claims Out of Court

Should the supermarket accept liability for your supermarket accident injury, your solicitor will calculate how much supermarket accident compensation you are entitled to and enter into negotiations with the supermarket´s liability insurers to obtain a fast and appropriate settlement. During this time, you may be approached directly by the insurance company with a settlement offer of your supermarket accident claim. All direct approaches should be referred to your supermarket accident claims solicitor before being accepted.

Public liability insurance companies have their own best interests at heart rather than the victim of a supermarket accident and, should you accept an offer of supermarket accident compensation which later proves to be inadequate to support your family or pay for your medical bills, you cannot go back to the insurance company and ask for more. If a problem develops with your finances, speak with your solicitor who will organise interim payments of supermarket accident compensation until such time as your claim is completed.

Settling Supermarket Accident Claims by Litigation

If the supermarket denies their liability for your supermarket accident injury, or an agreement cannot be reached on how much supermarket accident compensation you should receive, your claim for supermarket accident compensation will have to be resolved in court. Court proceedings are avoided wherever possible because of the costs involved, and the supermarket´s public liability insurance company might choose to settle once a court notice is issued, as they will have no guarantee of successfully defending against your supermarket accident claim.

Litigating supermarket accident claims in court is usually handled by your solicitor and legal representatives of the insurance company, and it is unlikely that you will need to attend court other than to give evidence. If a court appearance is necessary, your solicitor will prepare you for the event to ensure that your evidence enhances your supermarket accident claim.

Free Supermarket Accident Claims Advice

After most supermarket accidents, staff at a supermarket are genuinely concerned that their negligence has resulted in you sustaining an injury and will admit their lack of care immediately. However, as mentioned at the top of the page, there are issues which can obstruct what should be a straightforward legal process and it is still in your best interests to discuss your eligibility to make supermarket accident claims with an experienced solicitor.

In order to help you receive impartial and practical legal advice, we have set up a free supermarket accident claims advice service which you are invited to call should you have sustained an injury in a supermarket accident for which you were not totally to blame. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and no pressure will be placed upon you to proceed with supermarket accident claims once you have spoken with us.

All calls to our free supermarket accident claims advice service are completely confidential and our courteous solicitors appreciate that this may be the first time you have ever discussed any accident claim with a legal professional. We guarantee to provide you with helpful information in plain English which is appropriate to your specific circumstances to help you receive your maximum entitlement to supermarket accident compensation.