This guide will cover the steps involved in making a personal injury claim if you were injured when you slipped on food. It will discuss the eligibility requirements that must be met in order to seek compensation as well as the evidence you could provide to support your claim.
The party in control of a public space owes you a duty of care. We will explore the legislation that outlines this duty and the different ways in which slip, trip and fall could occur if this is not upheld.
Additionally, we will look at the compensation you could be awarded for your injuries if your claim wins.
Furthermore, this guide will discuss the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel and the services they can offer as a way to help you through the claims process.
You can continue reading to find out more. Alternatively, you can get in touch with an advisor from our team. They can offer advice for free and answer any questions you have relating to your potential claim. You can reach them by:
- Calling on 0161 696 9685
- Using the live-chat box at the bottom of the screen.
- Filling out our contact form.
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- Could You Claim If You Slipped On Food?
- How Could You Have Slipped On Food?
- What Evidence Could Support Your Personal Injury Claim?
- What Could I Claim In Compensation If I Slipped On Food In A Public Place?
- Contact Our Team For Advice On Working With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Learn More About Claims For Slips And Falls
If you slipped on food and sustained an injury, you may wish to seek compensation. However, not all slip, trips and falls will form the basis of a valid claim. In order to seek personal injury compensation, you must prove that a duty of care was owed to you by a third party and that this was breached, causing you to sustain an injury. This constitutes negligence, for which you could be eligible to make a claim.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 sets out the duty of care those in control of a public space owe. This duty entails taking steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the space. A failure to uphold this duty could lead to someone experiencing harm, either physically or psychologically.
For more information on whether you could be eligible to start a claim for an accident in a public place, contact one of our expert advisors today for free legal advice, 24 hours a day.
There are several factors that could have contributed to you slipping on food and sustaining an injury. For example:
- You may have sustained a wrist injury after slipping on food in a restaurant that wasn’t cleaned up, despite a member of staff being made aware of the spill.
- You may have sustained a broken arm and shoulder injury after you slipped on food in a supermarket aisle due to a spillage that wasn’t cleaned up.
For more information about how to claim if you have been injured in a public space, contact our expert advisors today using the contact details above.
It’s important to note that you may not always be able to seek compensation following an accident in which you slipped on food. To do so, you need to prove that negligence occurred. You can do this by collecting evidence.
Some of the steps you could take towards collecting evidence include:
- Taking photographs of the accident site and your injury.
- Seeking medical help and requesting any medical records.
- Keeping a diary of any appointments you have attended. You could also record your mental and physical state before and after your injury.
- Requesting CCTV footage of the accident.
- Taking down the contact details of any potential witnesses.
The solicitors from our panel could help you collect evidence to strengthen your claim. To find out whether you could work with a solicitor, contact one of our advisors today using the contact details above.
If your claim is successful, there are two heads of claim under which you could receive compensation. General damages, one of the heads of claim, compensate you for the mental and physical pain and suffering you have endured due to your injury.
The guideline compensation brackets in the table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document solicitors can use to help them value general damages. However, as each personal injury claim is unique, these figures are not a guarantee.
|Level Of Severity
|Compensation Bracket – Guidelines
|(b) Moderately Severe
|£219,070 to £282,010
|The person has a very serious physical or cognitive disability that means they require constant care.
|(a) Severe (i)
|£91,090 to £160,980
|These are the most severe back injuries, they involve damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord and lead to a number of serious consequences such as pain and disability.
|(b) Moderate (ii)
|£12,510 to £27,760
|This category includes many frequently encountered back injuries, such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles leading to back ache.
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries
|(a) Severe (i)
|£78,400 to £130,930
|Pelvis fractures are extensive and cause a joint dislocation in the low back alongside a ruptured bladder.
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries
|(b) Moderate (i)
|£26,590 to £39,170
|There is an injury to the pelvis or hip of a significant nature but no permanent disability of a major nature.
|£29,000 to £61,910
|The hand will be reduced to fifty percent capacity. Cases where several fingers have been amputated but rejoined to the hand are included in this bracket.
|(a) Complete loss of function
|£47,620 to £59,860
|Injuries leading to function being completely lost such as where an arthrodesis has been performed.
|£24,500 to £39,170
|Injuries lead to a significant permanent disability but some useful movement remains.
|(b) Less severe
|£15,650 to £32,010
|These injuries will cause impairment of function but do not need major surgery or cause significant disability.
|(c) Moderate or Minor
|Up to £12,590
|Several injuries are covered by this bracket including fractures of a simple nature and lacerations that don’t cause damage or function impairment permanently.
What Are Special Damages, And Could I Be Awarded Them?
Special damages compensate for any out-of-pocket costs you might have incurred because of your injury. This compensation aims to return you to the financial state you were in before you slipped on food and sustained injuries.
Examples of the costs you could claim back include:
- Current and future care costs.
- Costs of travel, such as to and from medical appointments.
- Medical expenses.
- Current and future loss of earnings.
It is important to keep evidence of these outgoing costs, such as bus or train tickets, payslips and receipts.
For more information the personal injury compensation you could receive after successfully claiming, contact one of our advisors by using the contact details above.
You can work with a solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis, provided your claim has a chance of success and is valid. Our solicitors can offer a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement.
Typically, under the terms of this agreement, you:
- Will not owe your solicitor any upfront or ongoing fees for their services.
- Should your case be unsuccessful, you will not have to pay your solicitor for the work they have done on your case.
If your case is successful, your solicitor will be owed a small success fee from your compensation. This fee is capped under the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you cannot be overcharged.
Get In Touch Today
To learn more about whether you could work with one of our solicitors, please contact one of our expert advisors. They can give you free advice 24 hours a day and can answer any questions you have about claiming for injuries you sustained after you slipped on food.
You can reach them by:
- Calling us on 0161 696 9685
- Using the live-chat box at the bottom of the screen
- Filling out our contact form
Below, we have provided more of our guides relating to personal injury claims:
- Slip, Trip And Fall Compensation Claims
- How To Claim Compensation For A Personal Injury In A Pub Or Bar
- Hip Injury Compensation Claims Guide
Some more external articles:
- NHS – A Guide To Broken Bones
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay
- The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents – Fall Prevention
Thank you for reading this guide on when you could be eligible to claim compensation for injuries you sustained after you slipped on food. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the details provided above.
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