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Compensation for an Accident in Waterstones

Is it possible to claim injury compensation for an accident in Waterstones if I did not go to the doctors for four days after spraining my wrist when I tripped over a loose carpet tile because I thought that the first aid I was given in the shop was adequate?

Question:

Is it possible to claim injury compensation for an accident in Waterstones if I did not go to the doctors for four days after spraining my wrist when I tripped over a loose carpet tile because I thought that the first aid I was given in the shop was adequate?

Answer:

The fact that you did not seek professional medical attention for four days following your injury will not disqualify you from claiming compensation for an accident in Waterstones, but how much compensation for your injury in Waterstones you ultimately receive for your injury may be affected.

Even if Waterstones acknowledge that their lack of care for failing to provide you with a safe environment to browse their book shelves was responsible for your injury, the company´s public liability insurers will claim that Waterstones´ liability is limited because of your own contributory negligence.

Contributory negligence is a term which is most often used to indicate that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident in Waterstones but, in this case, it could be contested by Waterstones´ insurers that you contributed to the severity of your wrist injury by failing to seek professional medical attention immediately.

Inasmuch as Waterstones´ insurers may have a valid argument, you should refrain from accepting any direct offer of injury compensation for an accident in Waterstones without having a full assessment of your wrist injury and the impact it has had on your quality of life.

A claim for Waterstones injury compensation should not only account for the pain you experienced when you tripped over the carpet tile, but also for your “loss of amenity” – the loss of your ability to complete day-to-day activities because of your wrist injury, as well as being unable to participate in social events or enjoy regular leisure pursuits.

A solicitor assessing your claim for an accident in Waterstones would ensure as well that any expenses you have incurred which are directly attributable to your wrist injury are also recovered. These can range from the cost of painkillers and bandages for your wrist to paying for travel on public transport because your sprained wrist restricts your ability to drive. Any earnings you have lost due to your accident in Waterstones can also be reclaimed.

Once a total of how much compensation for an injury in Waterstones you are entitled to is calculated, you will be assigned a percentage blame for the severity of your wrist injury for failing to visit your doctor until four days after your accident in Waterstones. This percentage will be deducted from the sum of injury compensation for an accident in Waterstones that your solicitor has calculated and you should receive the balance.

As the calculations of injury compensation for an accident in Waterstones and the percentage for your own contribution to your wrist injury can only be made after you have undergone an assessment with a legal professional, you are advised to speak with an experienced personal injury solicitor about your accident in Waterstones at the first practical opportunity.