Am I eligible to claim compensation for falling on the ice in Morrisons’ entrance? Last week while entering my local Morrisons supermarket, I fell on an isolated patch of ice left over from a cold snap that had ended a few days earlier. I broke my ankle on impact with the ice and have been off my feet since. Am I eligible to claim for compensation?
You may be eligible to claim for compensation for falling on the ice in Morrisons’ entrance if you can prove that someone other than yourself was responsible for your accident. Claiming compensation from a negligent third party requires you to be able to prove that a person or business has failed in their duty of care to you, injuring you as a consequence. In your case, the most likely third party from which you may be able to claim compensation is Morrisons’ supermarket itself.
Supermarkets are obliged to take every measure possible to protect their customers and ensure their safety while on their premises. This includes warning customers of any potential hazards or obstacles which might cause them difficulty navigating the supermarket — erecting a wet floor sign after a surface has been mopped for example. The same rule applies to icy surfaces. Although the supermarket may choose to argue that you knew the risk before making your way to their store, the ice, as you mentioned in your question was confined to an isolated patch, which could have been treated by staff in the same way as spilled liquid in store is cleared to prevent an accident inside.
Your claim for compensation for falling on the ice in Morrisons’ entrance is dependent on you being able to produce a medical record of your injury. Presumably the serious and painful nature of your injury prompted you to seek medical attention immediately after the accident — the medical report you received at the Accident and Emergency room will serve as vital evidence in your claim for compensation.
To find out more about claiming for compensation speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. A solicitor will be able to tell you whether you are eligible to claim compensation for falling on the ice in Morrisons’ entrance, what your chances of success are and may even be able to provide you with a preliminary estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to.