Is it possible to pursue an accident claim for slipping on yoghurt in Morrisons? I was recently out shopping with my two young children when, while browsing the dairy aisle I found myself flat on the ground after falling over yoghurt which had been spilled beside one of the milk fridges. I was left immobile for more than a week following the accident. Is it possible for me to claim for compensation?
It may be possible for you to pursue an accident claim for slipping on yoghurt in Morrisons if you can prove that your accident was at least partially caused by someone aside from you. Supermarkets owe a duty of care toward their customers and can be held responsible for accidents which happen on their premises provided their management or staff was wholly or partially to blame.
Supermarkets hire floor staff to ensure that their aisles are clear of any obstructions or hazards that could lead to an accident involving a customer. Realistically, it is inevitable that potential hazards will crop up from time to time. Although it is not always possible to remove these hazards — whether they are spills, packaging, products or food items — at the earliest possible opportunity, it is the responsibility of the staff at the supermarket to remove them in a timely manner. If you can prove that the yoghurt on which you slipped was resting on the ground for a significant period of time before it caused you to fall, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
In order to ascertain whether or not you might be entitled to compensation you should attempt to ascertain how long the yoghurt was resting on the floor before you slipped on it. Security cameras, which are present in most supermarkets in order to discourage theft, may be able to provide the answer. Alternatively, floor staff may be able to tell you when the last time they checked the aisle.
In order to have the best chance to pursue a successful claim for compensation you should contact a qualified injury claims solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity. A solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not you are entitled to make an accident claim for slipping on yoghurt in Morrisons, how much you may be awarded and what your chances of success are.