Are claimants usually successful with Tesco work injury claims? Recently I slipped on a wet floor while at work in Tesco and broke my wrist, am I entitled to compensation?
It is impossible to give a definitive answer to the first question regarding the success rate of Tesco work injury claims as each claim is assessed on its own merits, therefore the circumstances surrounding the incident as well as the extent and severity of the injuries received will determine the outcome of your claim.
It is important to remember that all Tesco work injury claims are unique and even if you are aware of a claim where the very same accident resulted in the same injury, you cannot use it to gauge the amount of compensation you may be entitled to, as the impact a broken wrist has on the life of one person could be very different from another. For example, an injury to your dominant hand will have a much greater impact on your personal life than an injury to your weaker hand
It is important to concentrate on putting yourself in the best possible position to make a successful claim. You must be able to demonstrate that Tesco were negligent in order to claim compensation; if the floor was wet for some time and contained no hazard signs, then Tesco have failed in their duty to provide a safe working environment for staff and you may be eligible to claim compensation. However if a staff member accidentally spilled a bottle of water on the floor seconds before you slipped on it you may not be entitled to compensation as there was no time to prevent the accident from occurring.
It is also important to remember that even though it is likely the negligent third party will be another member of staff; the claim must be made against the employer who in this case is Tesco.
All successful Tesco work injury claims would generally follow the same key steps beginning with you seeking professional medical attention in the immediate aftermath of your fall. Looking after your health must always be your main priority after an accident; it also means that your GP will have recorded the injury in your medical history which you can then use to substantiate your claim for injury compensation.
Once you have taken care of your health, you are advised to concentrate on gathering evidence to support any potential claim for compensation. If possible you should take photographs of the scene of the accident as well as gather the contact details of anybody who saw the incident; it is likely your fall will have been captured by CCTV cameras and you should use this footage to substantiate your claim.
You should make a note of your injury in Tesco’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and then speak with a personal injury solicitor who will discuss whether it is worth your while pursuing a claim for compensation and will also calculate the potential value of your compensation claim.