Can I claim Tesco car park accident compensation if my heel got caught in a drain causing me to lose balance, bringing my trolley down upon me? I injured my arm quite badly.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

You may well be able to claim for Tesco car park accident compensation but only after completing some important procedures, which should be carried out at the first moment possible, if you have not already done so.

The first and most important procedure is to have had your injury examined by a professional medical practitioner. Many supermarkets, Tesco included, have staff members trained in first aid and even if you were seen to in this way, you should also have visited the accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital or at least have made an emergency appointment to see your GP. The reason behind this is that in order to pursue a personal injury compensation claim you must have had your injury recorded in your medical history. It is also worth noting that the longer you wait before seeking professional medical help, the more the value of your compensation may be reduced.

You should have your injury recorded in the supermarket’s “Accident Report Book” and make sure to retain a copy for yourself, which could later be used to support your claim for Tesco car park accident compensation.

Should Tesco admit liability, you may be directly approached by their insurers with an offer of compensation. If you receive such an offer, it would be in your best interest to refer it to a solicitor. Though the offer may be reasonable and accurate, there is the possibility that it will not acknowledge all of the elements that would otherwise be considered when calculating your compensation claim.

You would be well advised to engage in the services of an experienced solicitor if you believe you may be able to claim Tesco car park accident compensation, even if you have not carried out the procedures mentioned above. Most solicitors offer an initial consultation without charge where they can determine whether you have a viable claim and answer any questions you may have.