Is it possible to claim for slipping on spilled water on the floor in Morrisons? I was recently shopping in the supermarket when all of a sudden I slipped on a puddle of mop water which had been spilled by a nearby member of the floor staff travelling with a mop. As a result of the fall I was left with a bruised rib and a sprained wrist.
It may be possible for you to claim for slipping on spilled water on the floor in Morrisons if you can prove that someone other than yourself was responsible for your accident — in your case this is most likely to be the supermarket. Supermarkets have a duty of care to their customers, meaning that they are obligated to implement safety measures in order to keep their staff and shoppers safe. While this duty is not ‘absolute’ — meaning that you yourself must also take reasonable care to safeguard your safety — it may prove to be the basis for a claim.
Obstructions and spillages in aisles can be hazardous to customers, and most supermarkets implement strict safety procedures in order to ensure the safety of their customers. Regular aisle checks by floor staff and regular maintenance by cleaners are two of the most common ways supermarkets attempt to keep their aisles safe. In your case however, your accident was caused by a member of staff attempting to perform his duties, either performing routine cleaning or clearing up another spill elsewhere in the supermarket.
Your first action once you sustained your injuries should have been to have a member of staff or fellow shopper summon you an ambulance. Visiting the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital is not only vital to safeguarding your health — especially with an injury as serious as a broken rib — it is also vital to being able to pursue a successful claim for slipping on spilled water on the floor in Morrisons as the supermarket will more than likely want to see a copy as proof of your injuries.
To learn more about the steps necessary to ensure you have the best possible chance at compensation, you should speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity. Speaking with a solicitor will enable you to learn more about the claims process and whether or not you are eligible to claim for slipping on spilled water on the floor in Morrisons.