Slipped On Water In A Supermarket – How Much Can I Claim?
By Cat Way. Last Updated 31st October 2023. If you’ve slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, you might be wondering if you can claim compensation for your injuries. In this guide, we’ll explore the criteria that your case must meet in order to form the basis of a valid personal injury claim, as well as the duty of care owed to you by those in control of public spaces.
We’ll also discuss compensation in public liability claims. For example, we will explore how compensation is calculated and what your compensation could include if your claim succeeds. Our guide also showcases some examples of guideline compensation amounts taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Finally, we will explore the benefits of working with a solicitor on your claim. Our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, and may be able to help you.
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If you make a successful personal injury claim for an injury suffered when you slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, your settlement could consist of two parts: general and special damages.
General damages compensate for the physical pain and the mental suffering that has been caused by your injury. When valuing general damages, legal professionals may refer to the compensation brackets found in a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These are guideline amounts that are listed for a variety of physical and psychological injuries.
In our table below, we look at a few figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. As every personal injury claim is different, the table is only provided as guidance.
Injury Severity Notes Amount
Knee Injuries Severe (i) Including knee injuries where the joint is disrupted and the person will develop osteoarthritis. £69,730 to £96,210
Knee Injuries Severe (ii) A fracture which extends into the knee joint and causes lasting pain and discomfort. £52,120 to £69,730
Back Injuries Severe (iii) Fractures to the discs or vertabral bodies. Also includes soft tissue damage which leads to long-term, chronic conditions and symptoms. £38,780 to £69,730
Back Injuries Moderate (i) Encompassing a wide variety of injuries such as crush/ compression fractures and where there is a substantial risk of lasting osteoarthritis. There is also lasting pain and discomfort. £27,760 to £38,780
Arm Injuries (b) One or both forearms have suffered serious fractures that results in a cosmetic/functional disability. £39,170 to £59,860
Arm Injuries (d) Simple forearm fractures. £6,610 to £19,200
Leg Injuries Moderate (iv) Multiple or complicated fractures or a crush injury to one leg. £27,760 to £39,200
Leg Injuries Less Serious (i) Fractures where an incomplete recovery is made, or serious soft tissue injuries. £17,960 to £27,760
Neck Injuries Moderate (i) The person will suffer with severe immediate symptoms due to a fracture or dislocation. £24,990 to £38,490
Neck Injuries Minor (i) A soft tissue injury that fully recovers within 1 to 2 years. £4.350 to £7,890
Your compensation settlement may also include special damages to compensate any financial losses that have been caused by the injury. Some examples of what you could claim under special damages include:
- Loss of earnings for time spent off work to recover from your injuries.
- Home help, such as the cost of a cleaner.
- Medication costs, including prescription and over-the-counter pain relief.
- Travel costs to attend medical appointments.
- The cost of mobility aids.
You should submit evidence of your expenses, such as bank statements and pay slips.
If you would like to discuss whether you could claim compensation for slipping on a supermarket floor, speak with an advisor from our team. Or, read on for more helpful information.
If you have been injured due to slipping on a water spillage, or other substance, on a supermarket floor, you may be eligible for compensation. However, you will need to prove the following:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached.
- As a result, you suffered an injury in what could’ve been a preventable accident.
As a customer in a supermarket, you are owed a duty of care. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that any party that controls a public space must do all that they can to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public who are using that space for its intended purposes. This duty of care applies to supermarkets.
If a supermarket was aware of a spillage but did not properly signpost the area with a wet floor sign or take the necessary steps to clear the spillage, you could be injured. In this instance, you may be able to make a claim.
Contact our advisors today to find out whether you could make a personal injury claim if you have been injured in a supermarket accident. If our advisors believe that you may be eligible for compensation, they could connect you with our experienced solicitors, who could help you with your claim.
If you slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket and are eligible to make a personal injury claim, you must be able to provide evidence of both your injuries and that the supermarket was liable for the accident.
Some examples of evidence that you could use to help support a claim after you slipped on water in a supermarket include:
- CCTV footage: Most supermarkets are equipped with CCTV systems, and you may be able to request footage of your accident or of the circumstances that led up to it to help support your claim.
- Photographs: Taking photographs of both your injuries and of the accident site can help prove the harm you underwent and how the accident occurred.
- Medical records: Your medical records can be used as evidence to illustrate the types of injuries you suffered and how they will affect you in the future.
- Witness statements: Collecting the contact details of any witnesses can be useful, as this means that their statements can be taken at a later date.
If you choose to work with a solicitor to claim for an injury after you slipped over spilt water, they can help you gather this evidence.
Contact our team of advisors today to find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our expert solicitors.
If you were injured because you slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, it’s important to make your personal injury claim within the time limit. This is three years, as stated by the Limitation Act 1980, and begins on the date of your injuries. However, if your claim falls outside of this time limit, you may still be able to claim.
This is because there are some exceptions to the time limit. The first applies to those who are injured while under the age of eighteen. In these cases, the time limit is frozen until their eighteenth birthday. A court-appointed litigation friend can claim on their behalf during this time. Otherwise, the time limit is reinstated on their eighteenth birthday, and they can claim for themselves.
Likewise, the time limit is indefinitely suspended for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In these cases, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf. Otherwise, the time limit will only be reinstated if the claimant regains the needed capacity.
To learn more about making a claim after slipping on a supermarket floor, contact our team of advisors today.
Now that you’ve learned more about how to make a personal injury claim if you slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, you may be interested in contacting a solicitor. There are many benefits that can come with working with a solicitor; for example, they could help you collect evidence to strengthen your claim.
Our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, with the help of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that you don’t pay a fee for your solicitor to start working on your claim, nor do you pay a fee for their continuing services. Similarly, if your supermarket floor slip claim does not succeed, you won’t pay your solicitor for their work on your case.
If your claim is successful, then your solicitor will take a success fee. This is deducted from your compensation as a small percentage, though this percentage has a legislative cap. This allows you to keep the majority of what you receive.
If you’d like to find out if you could work with one of our solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis, we recommend that you contact our team of advisors. They can offer a free consultation, through which they can answer any questions you may have and evaluate your claim. If they find that your claim could be valid, they may connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
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