I broke my arm in Starbucks, although I was accused by the manager of contributory negligence, can this affect my claim for tripping on step in Starbucks?
Liability for your claim for tripping on a step in Starbucks will depend on which party has been negligent towards your health and safety. If — as the manager has suggested — you are partially liable for your injury, your compensation for tripping on step in Starbucks can be affected by contributory negligence. This is a term used to indicate that the person who has been injured is at least partially liable for their own injury after falling on a Starbucks stairs and in order to determine whether this will affect your claim you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor without delay.
There are a number of instances in which contributory negligence may affect your claim for tripping on a step in Starbucks. It is possible that you sustained an injury after falling on a Starbucks stairs as you were being reckless towards your own health and safety if — for instance — you were running when you tripped. You may be determined to have shown insufficient care towards your own well-being and as a result your compensation for tripping on a step in Starbucks can be reduced to reflect your own recklessness.
Your claim for tripping on a step in Starbucks can again be affected if you failed to seek immediate medical attention after sustaining an injury. Failure to have your injuries treated may see you share some liability for tripping on a stairs in Starbucks, as even if you escaped with only a few minor bruises your injuries could have deteriorated into something far more serious and failure to seek medical attention could result in your injuries becoming worse as a result.
It is possible that nobody will assume liability for tripping on a stairs in Starbucks. This may be the situation if you tripped upon the stairs immediately after a hazard had appeared — such as a spilled drink — and Starbucks did not have the opportunity to clear this hazard. In this case, you may not be able to claim compensation for tripping on a step in Starbucks against the store as they could not have taken measures to avoid an accident and therefore are not liable.
There are still some possibilities in which you may be entitled to claim for tripping on a step in Starbucks. For instance, if you fell on the stairs as they were of a poor or unsuitable standard, you may be entitled to make a claim to compensation for tripping on a step in Starbucks. It is also possible that the manager is trying to discourage you from making a claim in order to protect their insurance policy. You are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity in order to help determine liability for your injury after falling on a Starbucks stairs. Your solicitor will then conduct a full assessment of your claim for tripping on a step in Starbucks, and establish whether or not contributory negligence is a factor in your injuries.