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Compensation for Slipping in Sainsburys

I twisted my ankle when I slipped on a dirty floor in Sainsburys and, after I had returned to the store to report the accident, I was offered 250 pounds in compensation by Sainsburys´ insurers. Should I accept their offer or claim compensation for slipping in Sainsburys?

Question:

I twisted my ankle when I slipped on a dirty floor in Sainsburys and, after I had returned to the store to report the accident, I was offered 250 pounds in compensation by Sainsburys´ insurers. Should I accept their offer or claim compensation for slipping in Sainsburys?

Answer:

The fact that Sainsburys´ insurers effectively admitted a breach of their client´s duty of care and accepted Sainsburys´ liability for your injury by making you an offer of compensation for slipping in Sainsburys is a good sign if you were considering a claim for slipped in Sainsburys injury compensation. However how much compensation for slipping in Sainsburys you might be entitled to receive should be first assessed by an experienced personal injury solicitor before you accept the offer from Sainsburys´ insurers.

A settlement of compensation for slipping in Sainsburys should take into account the extent and severity of your ankle injury in relation to your age, sex and general state of health prior to your injury. Sainsburys´ insurers should not be able to rely on a previous settlement or an online compensation calculator to determine how much compensation for a twisted ankle you should get, as no two claims for slipping in Sainsburys are identical and each one has to be assessed on its own merits.

In addition to compensation for the pain of dislocating your shoulder when you fell in Sainsburys, you would be entitled to compensation for the inconvenience of a twisted ankle and the deterioration in your quality of life due to your slipped in Sainsburys injury. This “loss of amenity” as it is known should account for all aspects of your personal life from a lack of ability to perform everyday tasks without pain or assistance, to being incapable of driving, to being unable to attend social occasions or participate in leisure pursuits due to your injury.

Any financial costs you have incurred which are directly attributable to your slipped in Sainsburys injury can also be recovered in a claim for compensation. These expenses might include the cost of painkilling tablets for your ankle injury or for using public transport while unable to drive; however, should you be unable to work because of your twisted ankle and subsequently lose several weeks income, the financial costs of your injury can escalate into a considerable sum and should not be omitted if you proceed with a claim for slipping in Sainsburys injury compensation.

It is recommended that you maintain a diary to record how your slip injury due to a dirty floor in Sainsburys incapacitates you and prevents you from enjoying a full, active life. You should also keep receipts of any expenses you incur due to your ankle injury and speak with a solicitor to obtain a preliminary assessment of how much compensation for slipping in Sainsburys you may be entitled to receive. With this information, you will know whether you should accept the offer of compensation made by Sainsburys´ insurers or pursue a civil claim for compensation for slipping in Sainsburys.