Am I eligible to claim for a back injury from tripping in Morrisons? I was browsing in the dairy aisle one day last week when all of a sudden I tripped over a tray of milk cartons below me. As a result of the fall I fractured a vertebrate and will be out of work for the foreseeable future.
You may be able to claim for a back injury from tripping in Morrisons if you can prove that the injury was at least partially due to the negligence of someone else — most likely the supermarket’s management or a member of staff. Supermarkets, like most businesses, have a duty of care to their customers and while this is not ‘absolute’, it does require supermarkets to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of its customers.
Usually supermarkets aim to unpack their merchandise and have it on the shelves as quickly as possible. If it transpires that the milk which you tripped over was lying there for a significant period of time before you arrived, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. In order to ascertain if this is the case, you should request to see the supermarket’s CCTV footage, which should provide evidence as to whether or not you could be entitled to claim for a back accident injury from a trip in Morrisons.
Apart from requesting CCTV footage, you could also ask to make a note in the supermarket’s Accident Report Book and take photos of both the scene and your injuries. It may not be possible to take witness statements so long after the Morrison’s store accident as you may not have the contact details of everyone who was present at the time. You should attempt to gather as many as you can however, perhaps from staff or a friend who you were with at the time.
Back injuries are always very serious and fractured vertebrates are quite rare considering the amount of pressure needed to cause. Back injuries can be extremely debilitating and can often have implications for later in life. This may be reflected in the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
For more information on your entitlement to compensation and how much you could be awarded for your claim for a back injury from tripping in Morrisons, speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity.