Slip & Fall Compensation
The main cause of accidents in shops and supermarkets are the result of liquids being spilt on the floor and not cleaned properly, thereby posing a dangerous hazard for shoppers.
As well as slipping over on wet floors you may be injured by tripping on an unseen wire or hidden step.
People commonly make the mistake of assuming that if they slip and fall in a supermarket and are injured, they can automatically sue under the store’s public liability insurance policy. That is not the case. The injured person must prove that the injury occurred due to the store’s negligence.
Supermarkets do owe customers a duty of care. The Courts recognise that supermarkets profit from their customers and expect them to provide a safe environment for those customers. The standard of care placed by the Courts on supermarkets is higher than those of other occupiers, particularly government authorities because the Courts accept that supermarkets have more resources to invest in providing a safe environment than public authorities.
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip and fall you should do the following:
- Report the slip and fall accident immediately to the shop.
- Seek medical attention.
- If your slip and fall accident was witnessed by another party take their details.
- Take photos of the area where the accident occurred.
- Please observe as many details as possible, where you were, what aisle you were in, can you identify the liquid you slipped in.
- The more information you have the better.
The person seeking compensation sometimes is at a disadvantage when it comes to gathering the evidence after a fall has occurred. Perhaps you were knocked unconscious? If you have suffered a serious injury you are not going to be thinking like a lawyer. You will be in shock, extreme pain and praying for the ambulance to come. Conversely, supermarket staff will be beginning the process of claim management, filling out an incident report and interviewing staff.
The problems caused by these accidents usually occur in the knees, arms and back, which will mean that you may need intensive rehabilitation, physiotherapy and other medical treatments to recover.
A lot of people who are involved in a slip, trip and fall accidents in a shop or supermarket are not aware that they may be entitled to receive compensation. You are entitled to receive compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence of the shop or supermarket owner and their employees.
This compensation will include payment of both your past and future medical and rehabilitation expenses, payment of your past and future financial loss as well as lump-sum payments for pain and suffering caused by the accident.
If you have suffered an injury it is imperative that you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible and not just any legal advice.
You need to speak to a Personal Injury Accredited Specialist meaning a legal expert who has been acknowledged by the Law Society of New South Wales as being an expert in compensation law.
Steve Walker is a New South Wales Personal Injury Law Accredited Specialist.
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Why should you see Walker Law Group Compensation Lawyers?
Steve Walker only practices in compensation law, he has years of experience in fighting the big insurance companies.
Walker Law Group are not a big firm where your case becomes a number.
Steve is a senior lawyer who has won many successful compensation claims, which have resulted from a shop or supermarket slip and fall injury.
When you get legal advice from Walker Law Group Compensation Lawyers, you are getting advice from a compensation law firm that has been in the industry for a long time and who knows the system inside and out. This means that you have someone fighting for you who knows all the factors that you need to show in order to prove that the shop or supermarket where the accident occurred was negligent in their duty of care towards you.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in a shop or supermarket you need our expertise. Walker Law Group Compensation Lawyers are on your side. Call Steve Walker and his team of Personal Injury Lawyers today 1300 363 013.