How Much Compensation Can I Claim If I Slipped In Tesco?

Can You Claim Compensation If You Slipped In A Tesco?

If you have been injured because you slipped on water in Tesco, whether as an employee, customer, or member of the public you could be entitled to make a Tesco accident claim. Anyone who has been injured because they slipped at a supermarket could be entitled to seek damages against the supermarket for the results of their injures. Whether you are at work, shopping in a store or walking through a car par, slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common accidents which commonly lead to injuries in the UK.

A slip on water accident in a supermarket, such as a Tesco, could have numerous causes from leaky equipment such as fridges and freezers, to spill from products being sold, or floors not having been cleaned and dried correctly before allowing people to walk on them. Slips and trips in shops or supermarkets, such as a Tesco, can happen to anyone on Tesco property, including the customer areas, staff areas, and outdoor spaces such as loading bays or car parks. Whilst a slip in a Tesco supermarket may seem rather innocuous, in fact, they cost employers across the country and the UK’s economy as much as £500 million per year. With around 3,000 stores of various sizes across the UK, there are plenty of spaces in which slips and falls on water can happen, and ways in which a fall in Tesco can happen.

As both an employer to their staff and a business to their customers, Tesco owe all who are on their premises a duty of care. This means that they must keep people from becoming harmed and ensure that all areas are safe for people to be in. If Tesco have been negligent in some way and this negligence has cause someone to come to harm, they could be sued for this breach in their duty of care.

To find out what to do if you are injured in a store in the UK read our guide to making a successful and hassle free compensation claim below. When you are ready to start the process of making a claim, you can get in contact with Accident Claims UK by calling us on 0800 073 8801.

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A Guide To Compensation Claims If You Slipped On Water In Tesco

slipped on water in tescoWater is used in a variety of different ways in supermarkets. It could be used as part of cooling systems and air conditioning, as a part of fridges and freezers (keeping products at the correct temperature) or it could be used in general cleaning tasks, such as mopping the floors. However, in the wrong place or time that water can turn from a useful material to down right dangerous. In a busy setting, such as a Tesco supermarket, water on the floor could be invisible to see and lead to a serious accident whilst shopping or at work.

Tesco slip, trip, and fall claims can also be caused by spillages outside the store. Larger Tesco supermarkets and superstores will often have large car parks for customers and staff as well as loading bays for deliveries. If it has rained a lot then you could find that these spaces become very hazardous. Potholes can fill with water and drains can overflow, both leading to slippery surfaces which could cause people to slipover, or even cause vehicle accidents. An accident in a Tesco supermarket carpark or other outdoor area could also be caused by a damaged drain or water pipe.

Injuries from slips, trips, and falls can be shocking in the moment that they happen and even if your injuries are not too serious, you can still find that you are embarrassed by the accident happening. If you slipped on water in Tesco or another supermarket you may even find that there is a psychological impact and they you become hesitant to go to the shops again.

Depending upon how you fell over and how hard the impact was, you may find that you have injuries as mild as a small bruise through to cuts, lacerations, sprain, strains, or even fractures and broken bones. You could also suffer secondary injuries from falling over on water. If you were carrying shopping containing glass bottles you may find you get cut by it. Similarly, reaching out and grabbing for something could make you injure yourself by spraining a wrist.

You may be able to claim compensation from the supermarket if you have slipped on water in Tesco. If the accident was partially your fault you may only be able to make a reduced claim, and if the accident was whollely your fault, you will not be able to claim at all. If the car park is run or owned by a different body, such as a private car park company or the council, and this is where your accident happened, you would need to make a claim against them.

Finally, whether an employee of Tesco or a customer, if you do have an accident in Tesco you should make sure that the accident report book is filled in and the accident and any injuries are recorded.

Accidents Leading To Tesco Slip, Trip, And Fall Claims

In this guide we are focusing on accidents where people slipped on water in Tesco as these types of accidents (slipping on water) are one of the most common forms of accidents which can happen in a Tesco, or any other supermarket or shop in the UK. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips, and falls on the same level are the leading cause of injury in workplace accidents in the UK. Similarly, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents shows that they are a leading cause of injury across the board.

The water on the floor which led you to have slipped on water in a Tesco could have leaked from equipment or could be from a spill which had not been cleared up, or which was not clearly marked. Whether the spill was caused by an employee or a customer, it is the responsibility of the staff and store to clear it up or mark the spill as quickly as possible to prevent accidents from happening.

Non-Fatal Workplace Injury Statistics

As we can see from this graph produced by the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips, and falls are the most common form of workplace injury in the UK leading to non fatal injuries. Slips, trips, and falls are so common as they can be caused in a very wide range of different ways. Common causes of this type of injury might include spills on the floor, damaged flooring, trip hazards (such as improperly placed items) or other unexpected hazards.

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in the same guide (found here) we can see that the total number of injuries in the workplace across all sectors is continuing to fall, continuing a trend through this century.

What Injuries Can Your Slipped At A Supermarket Claim Be Made For?

If you suffered a Tesco wet floor slip there are a variety of different types and severities of injury which you could suffer as a result. The exact nature and severity of your slip in Tesco will affect how serious and extensive your injuries end up being. Below we look at different severities of injury which can happen after a fall in Tesco or an accident in supermarkets other than Tesco involving wet floors.

Less serious Tesco injury claims after you have slipped on water might include compensation for injuries such as:

  • Bruises.
  • Broken or fractured bones.
  • Simple grazes, cuts.
  • Sprained ankles or wrists.
  • Muscle strains.

Moderate to serious injuries might include:

  • Deeper lacerations or more serious cuts.
  • Head injuries such as a concussion.
  • Soft tissue injuries to the back and/ or neck.
  • Damage to the ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues.
  • In severe cases people may even damage the spinal cord or vertebrae if they slipped at a supermarket.

The most severe and least frequent injuries from a Tesco accident at work or customer accident when slipping over on water could include:

  • Serious head injuries leading to a coma.
  • Loss of function including paralysis.
  • Fatal accidents.

If you slipped on water in Tesco the injuries you sustain could be very minor or they could be extremely severe, even fatal. People could be left permanently disabled or have serious effects to their mental health.

No matter whether you slipped on water in Tesco whilst working as an employee or as a customer if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, Tesco may have breached their duty of care to you and you may be owed compensation.

Tesco Accident At Work

Have you slipped on water in Tesco whilst at work? If so you may be able to make a Tesco accident at work compensation claim. Accident at work claims will be made in the same way as a personal injury claim if you were a customer. A Tesco accident at work caused by slipping over on water can have the same causes and result in the same types of injuries as an accident in a shop claim made by a customer.

If you want to make a compensation claim for an accident at work in Tesco, contact Accident Claims UK today.

Slipped On Food In Tesco

Slipping on food or beverages which have been spilled on the floor in a Tesco or other supermarket is one of the leading causes of people suffering slip, trip, and fall injuries. The most common circumstances in which people will make a claim like this will be instances where food or a drink has been spilled, such as a glass jar of sauce being broken on the floor, and it has neither been cleaned up quickly enough, nor a hazard warning sign put in place to alert people. This type of injury will commonly result in soft tissue injuries such as a twisted ankle, though occasionally the injuries may be more serious.

Slipped On Food In A Supermarket Case Study

This is an example of a case (conducted by a different solicitors firm) which involves a woman who slipped on food in a supermarket and fell over, injuring herself and twisting her knee. The claimant was walking to the checkout when she stepped on some food which had not been cleaned up and fell over, injuring herself. The woman was assisted by members of staff straight away who helped her to stand up before leaving her. The claimant felt some embarrassment and as such left the store as quickly as she could. The following day she contacted the store to notify them of her accident. The claimant suffered soft tissue injuries and sought medical treatment.she had to take a day off work, though her knee took one year to fully recover. The claimant contacted a personal injury lawyer who negotiated a settlement for £3,000 in damages.

Cleaning Up Spills And Hazards

If you slipped over on spilled food on the floor such as a broken sauce bottle or discarded and squashed fruit you could be entitled to make a compensation claim if there was not warning in place. You will need to consult a specialist personal injury solicitor to check your eligibility. This is because supermarkets (as well as other shops) should ensure all customer and staff areas are kept safe and hazard free. Supermarket floors should have a 30 minute check in place to ensure hazards are picked up quickly. When it comes to making your claim you will need to show the supermarket is liable, in that from when the spillage happened or hazard was created, they had sufficient time to either clean or remove the hazard or to place a notice warning people. If they had time to do so but did not, you could have grounds to make a compensation claim.

Can You Claim If You Slipped On Yogurt In Tesco?

The simple answer to this is yes. It does not matter what specific object or item caused your injury as long as it can be demonstrated that Tesco had some degree of liability. If you slipped on yogurt in a branch of Tesco, or any other supermarket, and sustained an injury you could be eligible to make a claim. When you make a claim for injuries sustained after slipping on yogurt in Tesco you will need to show that they had sufficient time in which to clear up the spilled yogurt, or place a hazard warning notice in place to have prevented your injury from happening. Depending on the severity of your injuries you will be able to claim a higher amount of compensation.

Can I Claim If I Tripped On An Uneven Floor?

Floors which have not been properly maintained or which are uneven can be a common cause of people suffering injuries due to a slip, trip, or fall in a supermarket. Stores such as supermarkets experience a high degree of footfall and often sell things which could create hazards, however whilst they must ensure floors (both inside the store and outside in car parks) are kept free from spillage hazards, they must also properly maintain them and prevent things such as trip hazards or potholes from causing injury. As with any other store, Tesco should ensure that the floor in their supermarkets is not a trip hazard.

If you have tripped over on an uneven floor in the customer area, staff areas, or outside on external parts of the supermarkets property they could be liable for your injuries. Whilst it is not always possible to fix a trip hazard or pothole straight away, they should be clearly marked and, if possible, made inaccessible till they can be fixed.

Back, wrist and leg injuries, along with fractures are some of the most common types of injury caused by uneven floors. Whilst tripping over may seen innocuous, these types of injury can leave people with serious and even lifelong injuries as a result.

I Slipped On Water In Tesco, Do They Owe Me A Duty Of Care?

If you have had an accident in Tesco’s supermarket it could have been caused by negligence leading to a breach in the supermarkets duty of care. According to the 1957 Occupiers Liability Act in the UK, when you enter a shop, such as a branch of Tesco, the operator or owner of the shop owes you a duty of care. This duty of care obligates the supermarket to make sure they have taken every reasonable step to make sure you are kept safe. This duty of care extends to customers, staff, or anyone else on the premises. So no matter whether you had an accident whilst shopping or working, you are owed the same level of care.

Health and safety for employees is also included in provisions under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work act. Remember, if you have been injured in the workplace at Tesco you should include the accident in a Tesco accident report book. This is so that there is a record of your accident happening. This will help make your supermarket accident compensation claim easier to do.

If you need to make a Tesco compensation claim due to a breach in the supermarkets duty of care, contact Accident Claims UK today.

What Can I Include In My Tesco Compensation Claim?

In our compensation claims calculator below for estimating how much compensation for a fall in supermarket you may be able to get, the example amounts are for your physical injuries only. However, compensation for your injuries is not the only type of slipped on water in Tesco compensation you could be able to claim, though it may form the bulk of your award.

As well as compensation for your actual injuries (commonly known for suffering and pain) there are other components which you can claim for. If you have had to pay for any medical costs, such as private medical treatment or treatment not available on the NHS, or even for prescription medication, you could be able to claim for these costs. If you are also expecting to pay for any medical expenses in the future you an also claim for these projected costs.

Your injuries may have meant that you have had to travel to medical or other associated appointments, such as visiting a specialist hospital in another area. The costs of doing so could also be recovered as part of your claim.

If you are making a claim such as a back injury at work claim for your injuries you may have had to take time off work, or had to reduce your duties. If this has had an impact on your income or if you have lost benefits as a result of this, you could include these in your slipped on water in Tesco claim.

For each of these types of Tesco claim, you will need to provide evidence of your financial losses or results.

Slipped On Water In A Tesco Compensation Calculator

If you are making a slipped on water in Tesco compensation claim one of your first questions may well be how much compensation for fall in a supermarket you could get for your physical and psychological injuries as well as for any financial costs you have had.

Each and every supermarket accident compensation claim is unique with different circumstances and different consequences for you as the claimant. As such, it is difficult to say how much you would be able to claim. However, we are familiar with the types and levels of severity of injury which people often have if they have slipped on water in Tesco. The figures below look just at potential compensation settlements for injuries. The figures are based on the latest (2018) guidelines produced by the Judicial College.

Type of injurySeveritySettlementNotes
Loss of income (current and future earnings)N/A£10,000 - £40,000How much compenstion you can get is calculated from your present income and what your projected income (would have) been.
Loss of income (current and future benefits)N/A£5,000 - £500,000Calculated in the same was as the above category, only looking at benefits.
Knee injuryMinorUp to £10,960Injuries will be similar to those in the categories below, however they will be much less serious.
Knee injuryModerate£11,820 - £20,880Soft tissue tears, damage and dislocations.
Knee injurySevere£55,590 - £76,690Serious damage to the ligaments and/ or the joints.
Back injuryMinorUp to £10,970Injuries which you will be able to recover from quickly.
Back injuryModerate£10,970 - £34,000More serious damage to the back which involves long-term pain and discomfort.
Back injurySevere£34,000 - £141,150Some loss of function in the back, may include some degree of paralysis.
Wrist injuryMinor£3,090 - £4,160Soft tissue injuries such as a dislocated wrist or similar levels of injury. Recovery will be quick.
Wrist injuryLess serious£11,040 - £21,480Less serious injuries which include less serious breaks or fractures. Some short-term pain and there may be reduced or lost function during that time.
Wrist injurySerious£21,480 - £34,340More serious that the previous category. May include compound fractures or other injuries which cause damage over the long-term.
Wrist injurySevere£41,760 - £52,490The most serious types of injuries which lead to long-term or even permanent loss of function in the wrist.
Head or brain injuriesMinor£1,760 - £10,180Head or brain injuries which are minor and which can be recovered from quickly.

Please remember that the figures in the table above are estimates only of what you could be awarded and are an illustration of your final compensation claim settlement.

Compensation Claim Case Study: Tesco Employee Slipping On Ice

This is an example study of a case carried out by another personal injury lawyer involving a Tesco accident at work compensation claim. The Tesco employee was working in a freezer room at a their Tesco store. The employee was trying to move a roll cage in the freezer. A faulty fan had dripped water around the wheels of the roll cage, freezing it into place. This meant the cage could not be moved. As the employee tried to do so, he slipped on a further patch or ice, causing some merchandise falling from the roll cage on top of them.

The employee did report the accident straight away, but it was not added to the Tesco accident report book. Several days later it was discovered that the employee had potentially fractured his ribs and some bruising. The claimant approached a personal injury solicitor as he had to miss several weeks of work. His slipped on water in Tesco compensation claim included compensation for his injuries and his lost income.

Solicitors were able to settle the case out of court, securing a slipped in Tesco compensation of £2,850.

No Win, No Fee Slipped In A Tesco Supermarket Claims

One of the biggest factors which prevents people from getting the compensation they deserve is the worry about how they will pay for a solicitor. Legal services can be expensive and if you have already been financially affected by your injury, the last thing you want is a large legal bill. This is why we are proud to be able to offer our customers a no win, no fee service. This means that when you make your slipped in a Tesco supermarket claim with us you don’t need to worry about how you will pay for a solicitor. There will be nothing to pay at the start of the process, nor will there be any interim payments. You will only pay if and when you are awarded a settlement. Our fee can then be deducted from this. This can help to relieve some of the stresses around making a personal injury claim.

Why Work With Accident Claims UK

At Accident Claims UK we understand that any form of personal injury in a shop claim could have had dramatic effects on you. Either as an employee or the store or elsewhere you may have had to take time off or your injuries may affect you for weeks, months, or even years after.

When you start your shopping slip, trip, fall claim with us we take an approach which places you, the customer, at the centre of everything we do. Our aim is to make the legal process of making a personal injury claim as easy as possible, to help you get any further treatment you may need, and most importantly, to get you any and all compensation that you could be entitled to claim. Our team will always try to do this in the fastest and hassle free way.

At the start of your claim we will talk through what happened to cause your accident and what the effect of it has been on you. We may need to ask you some questions which will help us to get the detail we need, allowing us to provide you with the best possible help and legal advice. During our initial consultation with you we can answer your questions about making a claim and before you sign up with us we will make sure you fully understand everything involved in making a personal injury claim.

As stated in the section above we may be able to work with you under a no win, no fee agreements meaning you won’t have to worry about us running up hefty legal bills which you would be left with in the face of a loss. No matter what happens, we will make sure that making a claim through Accident Claims UK will never leave you out of pocket.

Contact Us Today

When you are making a compensation claim against a supermarket such as Tesco it helps to have the right legal team behind you. You can reach our team today by calling us on 0800 073 8801. Our team are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you start your slipped on water in Tesco claim. You can also contact us by sending an email to or by using the contact form on this page to request a call back.

Remember, if you got hurt in a retail store in the UK, you could be entitled to compensation. Start your claim today.

Useful Links

The links provided below are to further helpful compensation claim guides on our site, as well as to carefully chosen external resources.

Claiming For Slips, Trips, And Falls
Find out how to make a successful claim for injuries resulting from a slip, trip, or a fall whether in the workplace or elsewhere.

Wet Floor Accident Claims
If you have been injured in any way due to a wet floor, find out how to get the compensation that you are owed.

Claiming Compensation For A Back Injury At Work
If you have suffered a back injury at work you could be entitled to claim comnmpensation. Find out how to do so in our guide.

Slip, Trip, And Fall Accidents With ROSPA
Information and advice on slip, trip, and fall accidents with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.