I want to claim compensation for cutting a hand on a broken display stand in a supermarket? I went back to the supermarket to take a photograph of the display but it had been removed. What should I do?
Photographic evidence can be useful to establish negligence in a claim for compensation for cutting a hand on a broken display stand in a supermarket as you must be able to prove that the supermarket has been negligent when claiming for an injury caused by a broken display stand. However, there are other ways that negligence can be established if it was not possible to collect photographic evidence.
When an accident occurs in a supermarket, one of the first steps the staff should take is to remove the hazard to prevent other shoppers from suffering a similar injury. Your accident will have highlighted the presence of a dangerous hazard in the store and the supermarket manager has a legal obligation to ensure that it is promptly removed.
The supermarket may not have disposed of the display stand, and just because it has been removed from the shop floor does not mean that the evidence has been destroyed. However, it may be necessary to obtain other evidence to back up your claim for a cut to a hand in a supermarket.
One step which you must take – if you have not already done so – is to make sure that the accident is documented in the supermarket’s accident book. The accident book report will serve as proof that the accident occurred in the store and that you suffered an injury caused by a broken display stand. The report only needs to be brief, but it should contain your contact details, how the accident occurred, the nature of the hazard and its position and the injury you sustained.
Although a lack of evidence to support a claim for compensation for cutting a hand on a broken display stand in a supermarket is likely to make the claim for a cut to a hand in a supermarket more complicated, it should still be possible to recover compensation. Many people assume that liability for accidents will always be contested by the negligent party or their insurance company, and this is not necessarily the case.
However, to ensure that a strong case can be prepared against the supermarket, your best option is to contact a personal injury solicitor as a matter of urgency. A solicitor will help to collect evidence of negligence of the supermarket, such as making a request to access CCTV data to see if the accident has been captured by the supermarket cameras. If the display stand has been retained by the store a request will be made to inspect it.
With the accident book report, your medical records and any further evidence which can be collected, a solicitor will help to maximise the probability of you recovering your full entitlement to personal injury compensation.