I slipped on milk that had spilled in a supermarket and badly injured my knee in the fall. Am I eligible to make a compensation claim for torn ligaments in a knee?

The circumstances surrounding your accident, the extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your life are all factors that determine your eligibility to make a compensation claim for torn ligaments in a knee. If the spilt milk lay on the floor for some time before you slipped and no hazard signs were present then you may be entitled to pursue compensation.

However, it is important to note that accidents do sometimes occur that cannot be avoided, it could be that a customer dropped the carton of milk on the floor seconds before you slipped on it, in which case it would be difficult to successfully make a claim for torn ligaments in a knee as it would be unreasonable to expect staff to notice the hazard immediately after it occurred.

Nevertheless when you are injured in a fall, your health must be your priority and you should seek professional medical attention. Not only are you tending to your health but you are also ensuring that the injury is recorded in your medical history and will substantiate any claim for compensation. It also means that your injury cannot be trivialised by the negligent party’s insurers, otherwise they could allege that your injury was not serious enough to warrant professional medical attention, this could affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim as it could be deemed that you exacerbated your injury through your carelessness.

You are best advised to speak with a personal injury solicitor once you have received adequate medical care. They will be able to evaluate your claim based on the circumstances surrounding your injury and calculate the potential amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim. This could be very useful because often the negligent party’s insurers will make the claimant an early offer of compensation if they believe their policyholder is liable for the compensation claim.

By accepting such an offer without first referring it to your solicitor, there is a significant risk that you may be undercompensated for your injuries. Knowing the potential value of your claim for torn ligaments in a knee means you can make an informed decision whether you should accept insurers offer or not, therefore it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor without delay.