Before I could start a claim for compensation for tripping in Tesco supermarket, where I broke my arm, the supermarket offered me 5000 Euro. Should I accept?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

The amount of compensation for tripping in Tesco supermarket should always depend on your case’s individual merits. The amount one person is entitled to can differ greatly from the amount another person with the same injury, injured in similar circumstances, would qualify for. This is because a number of factors must be considered in order for the compensation settlement to be fair. You would be highly recommended to consult with a solicitor before you consider accepting Tesco’s compensation offer.

The compensation for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your accident is measured by comparing it against a claims calculator and then altering the resulting figure to account for your age, general state of health prior to the accident and – in some cases – your sex.

However, the amount of compensation for tripping in Tesco supermarket given is not based on the pain and suffering alone; “Loss of Amenity” – the negative impact the injury has had on your quality of life is also considered. For example, if you can no longer perform day-to-day tasks without experiencing discomfort or if you cannot partake in a social or leisure activity you previously enjoyed. It is also possible to recover expenses incurred, such as costs of medication or loss of income.

A compensation offer from Tesco’s insurance company is not likely to encompass these elements and the true value of your compensation could be much higher than what they offer. Tesco have effectively admitted liability since their insurers have offered you compensation for tripping in Tesco supermarket.

This should make it easier for your solicitor to negotiate a reasonable amount of compensation; one that sufficiently covers all of your needs. Most solicitors offer a free initial consultation where they can assess your claim, answer any questions they have and recommend whether or not the offer of compensation from the supermarket is worth accepting.