I slipped and fell in an HMV shop and broke my patella because cleaners had failed to erect hazard signs warning of a wet floor. What is the process for claiming injury compensation?
As you slipped and fell in an HMV shop due to a clear breach in the duty of care the company owes to its customers, there should be no issues about HMV´s liability for your accident and your right to claim compensation for an accident in HMV. However, how much compensation for a slip and fall in HMV you may be entitled to claim will be dependent on your own personal circumstances as much as the injury you sustained when you slipped and fell in an HMV shop.
In addition to compensation for the pain you experienced when you slipped and fell in an HMV shop, your claim for compensation for a slip and fall in HMV should also take into account the impact that your patellar injury has had on your everyday activities. Consequently, if you are unable to undertake daily tasks, such as driving, participating in leisure activities and attending social events due to your accident in HMV, these factors should be included in a personal injury claim.
As most people lead different lifestyles, and their injury will affect them in a variety of ways, it is recommended that you keep a diary following your accident in HMV to record the times when your fractured patella prevents you from leading an active and full life. You should also make a note of any occasions that you feel depressed or anxious as a result of your patellar injury, as it may be possible to include diagnosed emotional trauma in a personal injury claim for compensation for an accident in HMV.
You will also be able to recover any financial expenses that can be attributed to your fractured patella. These can range from costs that arose in the pursuit of medical treatment after your accident to the cost of using alternative forms of transport because your fractured patella does not permit you to drive. If you have suffered a loss of income because of your injury, this can also be recovered in a claim for compensation for an accident in HMV, as can the costs of any home help, child care or household repairs that you are unable to undertake yourself as a result of your accident.
Although the store may have already acknowledged liability for your accident when you slipped and fell in an HMV shop, you should still go through the procedures required to support your claim for an accident in HMV. These include officially recording your accident in HMV´s “Accident Report Book”, compiling a list of witnesses who may have seen your accident in the HMV store take place and photographing the scene of the accident — even though a considerable amount of time may have elapsed since you slipped in HMV
Thereafter you should seek legal advice about making a personal injury claim for compensation for an accident in HMV. You solicitor will confirm that you have a claim for slipping and falling in HMV which is worthwhile to pursue and will explain to you the process for making an injury claim for compensation for a slip and fall in HMV on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.