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Slipping accidents are a common cause of injuries, some of which can be very serious. They often happen on smooth, highly polished floor surfaces such as those found in shops and supermarkets, which are even more slippery when they are wet.
We are often contacted by people asking whether they can pursue a slip or trip compensation claim against the shop in which they had their accident. Usually the slip is due to a wet floor, one that’s been subjected to a spillage (eg a broken item in a supermarket aisle) or a leak. Sometimes the floor has been subjected to intense polishing, rendering it dangerous.
In such cases, if the shop, supermarket or other public venue has failed to erect a hazard warning sign, you are likely to have a strong claim for personal injury compensation as a result of your slipping accident. However, even if a hazard sign was erected, you could still be able to claim slipping accident compensation if it can be demonstrated that the sign was inadequately displayed – hidden or obscured from view, or located in the wrong place.
Other potential hazards on a shop floor can cause trips and falls, whether you can claim will depend on if the management has been negligent in its duties to protect customers from injury.
As with most injury compensation claims, it’s important to make sure that the details of your accident and a description of your injuries has been properly recorded and entered within an accident book as this makes your prospects of succeeding with a claim stronger than if the details have not been recorded in an accident book.
If you have been injured after slipping on a floor within a shop, supermarket, restaurant or any other public venue, there are ways of finding out if you have a valid slipping accident claim. Public venues, including shops, hold public liability insurance, and it is against this that any claim for injury compensation will be made.
All injury compensation claims managed by Direct2Compensation are run on a fully compliant no win no fee basis, so it will never cost you any money should your claim for injury compensation fail to succeed.