Costco Injury Claims
Costco is one of the most popular memberships operating stores in the world. While Costco originated in the United States, the store has grown to have locations. in Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom as well as other places around the globe. While most shoppers leave Costco after their shopping trip without sustaining an injury, due to the extent of merchandise and the use of heavy equipment within stores, Costco can become a dangerous place for some shoppers.
Whether you are an employee or a customer of Costco, if you have experienced an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
At Jefferies Solicitors, we have helped injured individuals claim the compensation they are entitled to for more than 25 years. Our legal experts know exactly how difficult dealing with an injury can be, especially when it wasn’t your fault. Call our specialists on 0800 342 3206 to arrange a no-obligation confidential conversation about your accident.
Possible Accidents at Costco
Costco stores have to adhere to strict health and safety standards set out by the government’s Health and Safety Executive and other standard-setting organisations. If you have experienced an accident in a Costco store that was due to the company’s inability to follow health and safety regulations or simply due to staff negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. While there are numerous different ways in which an accident can occur in a Costco store, below are some of the more common methods of injury:
• Falling on wet or slippery surfaces
• Hit by heavy produce due to items not being stacked properly
• Falling due to uneven flooring or another uneven surface
• Injured due to a shopping trolley or a cage being left unattended and in an obstructing place
No matter the method of injury, if the accident was not your fault you may be owed compensation. To begin your claims process, contact Jefferies Solicitors today where we can assess your case.
Possible Injuries sustained due to an accident at Costco
There are numerous types of injuries that someone could sustain while working or shopping at a Costco store. Some of the most common injuries are:
• Broken bones
• Bone fractures
• Head injuries
• Hip or shoulder dislocation
• Spinal cord damage
• More serious lacerations
How to make a claim against Costco
While Jefferies Solicitors will help you with your claim, there are certain steps that you can take after your accident to strengthen your case for compensation. Firstly, even if your injuries seem superficial or not serious at the time of the accident, it is important to remember that not all injuries are noticeable straight away and you may experience more discomfort as time goes on.
Furthermore, you should report the accident to staff before leaving the supermarket. If you do not, a claim may still be possible, but it will be harder to prove that an accident took place than if you reported it. There are other useful steps that you can take to help your claim such as:
• Taking photographs of the accident scene and its surroundings at the time
• Taking photographs of your injuries
• Contacting a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible
• Get medical help as soon as possible and ensure that you keep all medical documentation relating to your injuries as this can be a strong form of evidence
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT AT COSTCO?
- Report the incident to Costco so they can make an official record of it in their accident book.
- Take photos of what has happened-injuries and the scene of the accident.
- Get the details of any witnesses to the accident.
- Evidence of a loss of earnings if your injury has resulted in you needing time off work. Documents related to other financial expenditures connected to your injuries may also be required. This could include travel receipts to and from medical appointments.
- Seek medical attention
HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?
At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the discussion you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
Except for children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident occurred. You should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.
Contact Jefferies Solicitors Today
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of accident cases. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of the injuries you have received. Please contact us today on 0800 342 3206 or through our online form to get started. A member of our team will quickly be in touch to discuss your case in a friendly yet professional manner where confidentiality is ensured.