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Tripped on Boxes Stacked on the Floor in a Supermarket

I tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket and broke my arm when I fell. How much compensation for tripping on boxes in a supermarket will I be able to claim?

Question:

I tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket and broke my arm when I fell. How much compensation for tripping on boxes in a supermarket will I be able to claim?

Answer:

If you tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket, and suffered an injury as a result, the supermarket has very little defence against liability when you make a claim for compensation for tripping on a boxes in a supermarket. As supermarkets wish their customers to keep their attention focused on what is one the shelves – rather than what is on the floor – an unattended stack of boxes on the floor of the supermarket represents a breach in the supermarket´s duty of care and entitles you to make a claim for having tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket.

In order to confirm the supermarket´s liability for your injuries, you will need to support your claim for having tripped on a boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket with statements from supermarket employees who assisted you after your trip or by accessing security video of the area of the supermarket in which your accident happened that demonstrates the unattended boxes were a hazard for an unreasonable amount of time prior to your accident. One other way in which you may be able to support your claim for compensation for tripping on boxes in a supermarket is if, when you are reporting your accident, there are many similar reports of accidents due to negligence already recorded in the supermarket´s “Accident Report Book”.

Once you – or your solicitor on your behalf – have collected sufficient evidence in support of your claim for having tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket, your solicitor will write a Letter of Claim to the supermarket owners. The supermarket owners have 14 days in which to acknowledge receipt of your solicitor´s letter and a further 90 days in which to inform your solicitor whether or not they accept liability for your broken arm. At any stage during this process you may be approached directly by the supermarket´s insurers with an offer of settlement, so it is important that you are aware in advance how much compensation for having tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket you are able to claim in order that you do not inadvertently accept an offer which is inappropriate to your broken arm injury.

Your solicitor will calculate how much compensation for having tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket you should be entitled to receive based on the severity and extent of your injury in relation to your age, sex and the impact that your broken arm has on your quality of life. No two claims for a broken arm are identical, as the level of incapacity you experience and your lack of ability to be able to complete day-to-day tasks will be exclusive to you – particularly if you have young children, have to do a lot of driving as part of your everyday activities or have to spend a considerable period of time away from work because of your arm injury.

When compiling your claim for tripping on boxes in a supermarket, you solicitor will also take into account any financial costs of your arm injury. These can include expenses you have incurred for medical treatment and paying for prescriptions, the cost of using public transport while your arm injury makes it impossible for you to drive, and any loss of income – including overtime and pension contributions – you have experienced due to tripping on boxes in a supermarket. Your compensation claim for tripping on boxes in a supermarket should ensure that you are no worse off financially than if your accident in the supermarket had never happened.

Provided that the supermarket´s liability is acknowledged, and their insurers do not allege that you contributed to your arm injury by your own lack of care, your tripping on boxes in a supermarket compensation claim should be resolved quickly and satisfactorily. However, it is in your best interests to speak with a personal injury solicitor at the first practical opportunity as, with a broken arm, collecting some of the evidence you need to support your claim for having tripped on boxes stacked on the floor in a supermarket may be difficult and it would be advisable when relying on witness accounts and CCTV to have this evidence as soon as possible.