Can I claim injury compensation for having slipped on clothes on the floor in a Next shop and tearing a tendon in my hand?
If you slipped on clothes on the floor in a Next shop and suffered a torn tendon due to the store´s lack of care to protect their clients from risk of injury, you should be eligible to claim injury compensation for your accident. However, in order to make a successful personal injury claim for slipping in a Next store, it has to be demonstrated that you sustained a diagnosed injury for which the Next store is liable, and that the store’s liability arises from a breach in their duty of care.
Proving that you suffered a tendon injury will not be difficult if you visited a hospital or your family GP immediately after you slipped in the Next store, as information regarding your torn tendon will be detailed in your medical records. If you delayed seeking medical treatment, this does not disqualify you from claiming injury compensation for slipping in Next but, if the store’s liability insurers claim that you exacerbated your tendon injury by waiting before receiving medical treatment, how much injury compensation for slipping in a Next store you are awarded may be reduced sue to your own lack of care.
At the time you slipped on clothes on the floor in the Next shop — or as soon as was possible afterwards — you should have recorded your tendon injury in the company’s “Accident Report Book”. If you have not done this yet, it is not too late to return to Next and report your hand injury and, if any staff helped you after your accident, you should make a note of their names when you go back the store in order to support your personal injury claim for slipping in a Next store. Next shops also use CCTV security cameras to monitor activity on their shop floor and, should a security camera be trained on the area in the store where you slipped, you should make an “Access Request” to Next for a copy of the security data in order to support your claim for compensation for slipping in Next.
Even if you feel able — while you are recovering from your hand injury — to undertake the necessary procedures before claiming injury compensation for having slipped on clothes on the floor in a Next shop, it is often in your best interests to engage the services of a personal injury solicitor. In addition to dealing with the formalities of an injury claim for slipping in a Next store, your solicitor will be able to provide you with details of how much injury compensation for slipping in Next you may be entitled to receive. This is a valuable piece of information should you be approached directly by the store’s liability insurers with an unsolicited offer of injury compensation.
The longer you delay making a claim for compensation for having slipped on clothes on the floor in a Next shop, the more difficult it will be to collect the necessary evidence to prove the store’s liability for your hand injury. The memories of any Next staff that assisted you following your accident may fade over time and the company may record over their security data if the originals are no longer required. Therefore, it is in your best interests to discuss your personal injury claim for slipping in a Next store with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to ensure you receive your full entitlement to injury compensation for the accident.