What amount of compensation for slipping on sugar spilled in a supermarket might I be eligible for if I claim for the ankle injury I sustained?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
It is impossible to indicate how much compensation for slipping on sugar spilled in a supermarket you may be entitled to without knowing all of the facts of your case. As each claim is unique – even when the injuries sustained are similar – the amount of compensation that one may receive will be influenced by the individual merits of their case.
An essential factor is establishing the value of your claim for slip on slipped sugar in supermarket compensation is that your injury was examined by a medical practitioner immediately after the accident occurred. It should be noted that first aid does not count as medical attention; you should have at least made an emergency appointment to see your GP at the first possible moment. The notes relating to your injury that would be recorded in your medical history are of vital importance as they prove the date your injury was treated. If you delayed seeking medical treatment for any number of days, the amount of slip in supermarket injury from spilled sugar compensation you are likely to receive may be reduced to reflect your own lack of care.
Compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced at the time of the accident will be calculated by measuring the severity of your injury against a claims calculator and adjusting the figure to account for your age, general state of health before the accident and possibly your sex. However, your pain and suffering would not be the only element incorporated into your overall compensation for slipping on sugar spilled in a supermarket. Your “loss of amenity” may also be factored into how much compensation you receive, i.e. how the injury has affected your quality of life – if you can no longer partake in leisure or social activities you previously enjoyed, for example, or if you cannot complete day to day tasks without pain.
It is also possible that you will be reimbursed for any financial costs you may have incurred that can be directly attributable to your injury, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings or public transport fares if your injury has prevented you from driving.
In the instance that you are approached by the supermarket’s insurance company with an early offer of slip in supermarket injury from spilled sugar compensation, you would be well advised to refer it to an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. As mentioned above, a claim for slip on slipped sugar in supermarket should be evaluated on its own individual merits and so the potential for a compensation offer from the negligent party’s insurers being accurate and reasonable is low. Your solicitor would be in a good position to determine whether or not it is worth accepting.
Regardless of whether you receive an unsolicited offer of compensation for slipping on sugar spilled in a supermarket, you would be strongly recommended to discuss the circumstances of your claim with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first practical opportunity. During an initial consultation – which most solicitors offer without charge – your solicitor can assess your case, and should they consider it to be viable, they could give you a preliminary estimate of the amount of compensation you are entitled to and can provide advice on how to proceed with your claim.