Accidents in supermarkets commonly involve slipping on liquids, water or fruits in the shopping area. This is normally because of spillages. The majority of our clients who have had accidents in supermarkets are pensioners but we also help others who are below pension age. Supermarket accidents
can cause serious fracture injuries to the hip or fractures of the coccyx. These injuries can be very painful and are often experienced in slipping accidents where the first point of contact with the floor is your bottom.
If you have suffered injuries in a supermarket accident
, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your personal injury and any other loss you may have sustained.
You should be aware that supermarkets are notorious at denying responsibility for accidents taking place on their premises. To avoid this, you should make sure that before you leave the supermarket, seek to speak to the manager of the store and insist that you want the accident recorded in the accident book.
In addition, you should write down the name of the manager and other shoppers who witnessed your fall. Take telephone numbers and names of the people who saw the accident and if you have a mobile phone with a camera, take a picture of the spillage or fruit which caused you to fall.
Sometimes, it takes a while before you start feeling pain. If you are experiencing pain, you should go to your doctor or the Accident and Emergency Department at the nearest hospital.
If you have spent money travelling to and from your doctor or hospital, please keep receipts. Also keep receipts for any other expenses you may incur such as receipts for prescription charges.
After the accident, the supermarket may offer you some vouchers and or flowers and an apology. Beware, your personal injury claim
may be worth more than the vouchers. The compensation amount will depend on the seriousness of your injuries.
Do not underestimate the level of your injuries. It might take a while to get better. It is for this reason that you should receive fair compensation.
If you have suffered personal injury in a supermarket accident
, you may be entitled to claim compensation. You will need the help of a specialist personal injury solicitor
Asiimwe Balinda Personal injury solicitor