I wish to make a shopping centre accident injury claim after I slipped on a wet floor, although management have rejected liability. Who is liable for my injury?
A shopping centre accident injury claim could be possible if you have been the victim of an avoidable accident caused by a third party who owed you a duty of care. In this case, the shopping centre management should have performed this duty of care as you should not have expected to sustain an injury in a shopping centre as a visitor. However it should also be noted that this duty of care is not absolute and there are circumstances in which your compensation for a shopping centre accident can be reduced or not at all possible. For this reason you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity to assess your accident in a shopping centre and determine which party is liable and whether your claim is worth pursuing.
A shopping centre accident injury claim could be possible if it is determined that your accident was avoidable, yet occurred due to the lack of care of the management of the shopping centre. This may be the situation if – for instance – a drink had spilled upon the floor of the centre which was not cleared up within a reasonable space of time. In this circumstance you could be able to claim compensation for a shopping centre accident due to the failure of cleaning staff to perform their duties and avoid an accident. It could also be the case that an injury in a shopping centre was sustained if the floor was wet after being cleaned, but warning signs were not present to alert customers of the danger which existed – in which case you could claim against the management for failing to provide supervision to the cleaning staff.
However your right to make a shopping centre accident injury claim may be affected in certain circumstances. It may be considered that your accident in a shopping centre occurred immediately after a drink was spilled, in which case the shopping centre may not be held liable if they did not have the opportunity to clear up the hazard. It is also possible that your injury in a shopping centre was the result of your own negligence if you failed to heed any warning signs which clearly alerted customers in the shopping centre of a hazard which existed. Finally it is important to pursue immediate medical attention following your accident and injury, as failure to do so can result in a reduction of your compensation for a shopping centre accident.
It seems likely that the management may challenge their liability with your accident in a shopping centre, and for this reason you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor to assess your claim. Your solicitor will examine the circumstances surrounding your injury in a shopping centre and help to determine whether the management or another party is liable. Your solicitor will then calculate the amount of compensation for a shopping centre accident to which you may be liable and advise you on whether your claim is worth pursuing further. For this reason, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity to fully assess your shopping centre accident injury claim.