Can I claim compensation for skin laceration if I was injured in an accident with a shop door?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
You may be able to claim compensation for skin laceration provided that it can be proven that the accident involving a shop door was caused by the negligence of the shop owner or management and that it was due to a breach in the legal duty of care that the shop owner should legally provide their customers with.
There are a number of ways that an injury from a shop door can be sustained, when glass panes are incorrectly identified as doors, for instance or if automatic doors fail to open. It is strongly recommended that you speak with a solicitor about the circumstances of the accident and the nature if your injuries as he or she could advise you on the most effective way to pursue a claim for skin injury compensation, if they believe that your claim is worth pursuing.
Your skin laceration compensation claim would benefit from the completion of several standard procedures. Your first priority should always be your health and you should have sought professional medical treatment promptly following the accident. Not only will any further damage to your skin be minimised, your medical records will have been updated, serving as proof that the accident in which you sustained injury did in fact occur. Any delay between the date of the accident and when your injury was finally treated has the potential to see the value of your claim for skin injury significantly reduced.
For further support of your compensation for skin laceration claim, you should inform the shop owner of your accident and have your injury included in the shop’s “Accident Report Book”, if you have not already done so. You should also collect the details of potential witnesses and access relevant CCTV footage from the shop’s system. It is important to carry out these particular steps as soon as possible as the memories of witnesses may fade and images recorded on CCTV may be deleted.
There is the possibility that you could be approached directly by the shop’s insurance company with an early offer of compensation for skin laceration. You should be aware that such offers rarely sufficiently represent how much compensation you should genuinely qualify for and you would be strongly recommended to refer a unsolicited settlement offer for your skin laceration compensation claim to an experienced solicitor who would be in the best position to advice on whether it should be accepted or if it would be better worth your while pursuing your claim through alternative means.
Most solicitors offer a free initial consultation where they can evaluate the circumstances of your accident and subsequent injuries in order to establish the viability of their potential client’s claim. If your solicitor confirms your right to claim compensation for skin laceration claim, he or she can prepare a comprehensive case file in order to maximise the probability of success and of recovering compensation for your injury quickly.