Am I eligible to make supermarket car park accident claims for compensation if I fell and badly cut my head due to tripping over a broken drain cover as I returned my trolley?
Provided it can be demonstrated that the drain cover had been a hazard for an unreasonable period of time, it is likely that that you will be able to make supermarket car park accident claims for compensation. However, there are certain procedures that you may need to complete first, if you have not undertaken them already.
After sustaining a cut to your head due to a fall in a supermarket car park, the first thing you should have done is to seek medical treatment for your injury. Some supermarkets contain pharmacy departments with trained first aiders; but it is still important that you seek professional medical treatment at a hospital or from your family GP, even if you received preliminary medical attention at the scene of your accident. Not only is this important from a health perspective but, before you can make any supermarket car park accident claims for compensation, your medical notes must contain a record of your injury.
Once you have received professional medical treatment from a doctor, you should return to the supermarket and inform the supermarket management of your accident. You should ensure that a record of your accident and injury is made in the supermarket´s “Accident Report Book” and you should keep a copy for yourself to support your claim for a fall in a supermarket car park.
The supermarket management may immediately admit that they are liable for your accident in their supermarket car park and make you a compensation offer. Although their offer of compensation may be adequate and fair, it may be in your best interests to next speak with a solicitor and discuss the prospect of making supermarket car park accident claims for compensation.
Many solicitors offer an initial consultation free of charge and it may be that the solicitor is able to use his or her experience to increase the offer of settlement. Factors such as how your injury affected your quality of life and whether your fall in a supermarket car park has left you with a visible scar will be discussed – elements of supermarket car park accident claims which are often overlooked – together with the supermarket´s willingness to admit liability for your injuries.