Personal Injuries *: Compensation for tripping / falling / slipping in a shop

Compensation for tripping / falling / slipping in a shop *

To establish a personal injuries*  case and obtain compensation for a trip / fall / slip in a shop you must first of all prove that your personal injury* was caused by the negligence of the shop or an agent or employee of the shop. In other words, it must be established that they are responsible for your accident.

Common claims against shops are :

Tripping over shop carpet

Slipping on a wet floor

Tripping or slipping on a mat

To assist with your claim, the accident should firstly be reported to the shop manager when it occurs to ensure it is recorded in the accident report book. Witness statements are of benefit together with access to CCTV footage from the time of the accident. CCTV  systems are generally installed in supermarkets such as Tesco,  Dunnes , SuperValu and Superquinn however nowadays it is increasing common that they are also installed in smaller stores and shops across the country. In this regard, your solicitor can apply to obtain a copy of the CCTV footage from the shop as part of your personal injury claim process.

You should obtain medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. A medical report from your GP will be required to detail your injuries and also your recovery prognosis which your solicitor will request.

It is recommended that you discuss you accident claim as soon as possible with your solicitor also. In certain circumstances, the shop or its insurers may approach you with an early offer of compensation for your trip, Slip or fall personal injuries claim* however it is important to discuss this with your solicitor as they will be able to provide you with an estimate of your claim which is likely to be well in excess of any early offer so made.  Each claim is assessed on its own merits and any estimate of compensation will take into account the extent and severity of the personal injury* you suffered with regard to your age, sex, current employment and your health prior to the accident.  Therefore it is vital that you ensure that the solicitor you use is experienced in personal injury claims*.

We at Cosgrove Gaynard Solicitors have vast experience in personal injury claims* and are happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your potential claim. Please contact us on  01 – 6139191 or by email: info@cgsolicitors.ie .

* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002.