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Slipped on Grape in Tesco

I banged my head on the fruit counter after I slipped on a grape in Tesco and now I get a lot of double vision. Can I claim compensation from the store?

Question:

I banged my head on the fruit counter after I slipped on a grape in Tesco and now I get a lot of double vision. Can I claim compensation from the store?

Answer:

There have been a number of high profile cases where people have been able to claim compensation for the injuries they have sustained when they have slipped on grape. In Tesco, and in every other supermarket, the store owes a duty of care to provide their customers with a safe environment in which to shop and, when there is a breach in this duty of care, the supermarket – in this case Tesco – is the liable party in a “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation claim.

However, two conditions have to be fulfilled prior to making a “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation claim and these are that you have sustained a quantifiable injury and the store was definitely at fault for causing your accident. Your priority in all circumstances has to be your health so, if you are experiencing double vision and have not yet had an examination from a doctor that should be your first course of action.

Thereafter it has to be proven that Tesco was negligent in failing to clean up the hazard which was responsible for your injury. This is often not straightforward, as the offending grape – and any others which may have been lying around at the time – will have been cleaned immediately after your slip and unless there were witnesses to your slip, Tescos could claim that the grape had only recently fallen from somebody else´s shopping basket and they could not possibly be held liable in a “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation claim.

As your “slipped on grape in Tesco” claim may be reduced to a my-word-against-theirs argument, it is important that a comprehensive entry is made in the store´s “Accident Report Book”. This is one of the first stages of making a claim for “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation and can greatly influence the outcome.

Therefore, once you have had a medical examination, go back to the store and bring your recent accident to the attention of the management. Make a complete report which includes the condition of the floor when you slipped, the fact that the bang to your head resulted in you suffering from double vision and you have had to receive treatment for it. Make sure that you retain a copy of the entry in the “Accident Report Book” to support your claim for “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation.

It is then in your best interests to speak with an experienced solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Once Tesco´s public liability insurer is advised that you have made an entry in the “Accident Report Book”, they may attempt to intervene in your “slipped on grape in Tesco” claim by making you an offer of an early settlement. These offers are rarely appropriate to the level of injury you may have sustained, but by speaking with a solicitor as soon as possible, your claim will be fully assessed and you will know in advance how much compensation you should be entitled to receive.

An approach by Tesco´s public insurance company is actually a good thing. It means that Tesco acknowledge liability for your injury and now it is just a matter of your solicitor sitting down with their insurers and negotiating an adequate settlement for your “slipped on grape in Tesco” compensation claim.