I want to claim compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco, but my manager has told me that the accident was not the fault of Tesco. The accident was due to a damaged floor surface in my opinion. Can I make a claim?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

If you want to determine whether you are actually entitled to claim compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco, you should speak with a personal injury solicitor. Your manager is perhaps unlikely to condone taking legal action to recover personal injury compensation for accidents which may well have resulted from his negligence. Even if your manager was not to blame, a claim for compensation for injury sustained working in Tesco may reflect badly on him and his department – consequently influencing the advice he gives you.

It is not unusual for liability for an accident to be denied initially, only for it to be accepted when the Injuries Board contacts the negligent party for consent to continue with an assessment once your Tesco work injury claim has been submitted. Just because your manager does not believe you are entitled to make a claim for compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco, this is not necessarily the view that the store manager will take.

However since your manager has indicated that compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco cannot be claimed, it is best to err of the side of caution and to use a personal injury solicitor to prepare and pursue Tesco work injury compensation on your behalf; should your eligibility to claim compensation for injury sustained working in Tesco be confirmed. When a personal injury solicitor pursues a claim for compensation for injury sustained working in Tesco on behalf you can be assured that all legal documentation will be completed correctly and all aspects of your injuries will be included on your claim.

A solicitor will also be able to arrange for your injuries to be thoroughly checked by medical specialists to ensure the Injuries Board has all the facts. This will maximise your chances of receiving your full entitlement to compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco. Your chosen solicitor will also attempt to negotiate a settlement directly with the Tesco´s insurance company to speed up the receipt of compensation for your Tesco injury claim.

To support a claim for compensation for an injury sustained working in Tesco it is necessary to provide evidence that an employer has been negligent. It would be to your advantage to take photographic evidence of the hazard which caused the accident to help substantiate your compensation claim against Tesco. When taking photographs of a damaged floor surface it is important to use an item of known size as a scale. Length, width and depth of any pothole or damage should be recorded, and numerous photographs taken to display this if necessary.