Supermarket Accident Claims
It's not difficult to see that you might fall over when a floor is slippery, wet, damaged or has obstructions on it. Supermarkets are one of the most likely places that you might have an accident of this type, and it does not just happen to the public, employees can get injured too. If you haave an accident and it is not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for accident compensation.
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In a supermarket, there are many risks and hazards which are not present in other environments such as:
- Falling over obstacles such as boxes, goods in the aisle or protruding parts of the shelving
- Slipping on litter or wrappers
- Tripping on a damaged and uneven floor
- Slipping on a wet floor - if the floor is wet then there should be a "Wet Floor" sign to warn customers.
- Tripping over electrical cables - these should be tidy and should not be able to cause danger.
Who is responsible for Supermarket Accidents & Injuries?
It is the moral and legal duty of a supermarket to care for their customers and employees. When a customer enters the store, the management is responsible for their safety and may be liable if an accident happens which was the fault of the supermarket or its staff, or if there is a slip, trip or fall which could have been prevented. Hazards and risks have to be regularly assessed to ensure that any potential hazards are minimised.
If you think that your slip, trip or fall in a supermarket was caused by the negligence of the supermarket then it is very important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. Your personal injury solicitor will be able to quickly tell you if you have a case for compensation.
Making a Supermarket Accident Claim
Remember that you should not feel awkward or guilty for making an accident claim - the accident was not your fault, and it is the responsibility of a supermarket to keep you safe while in their store or on their property. Whether your injury was a cut, bruise or more serious such as a head injury or an injury which has resulted in some form of disability, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. You have no idea how the injury will progress, and it is important to claim.
If your slip, trip or fall caused you an injury then you should follow the following advice:
- Report your accident as soon as it has happened. This would either be to the customer services desk if you were a customer, or through the accidents book if you are an employee. Make sure that it is logged and recorded
- Go to hospital or your GP to get medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are recorded officially, and of course you will be able to get the medical help that you need.
- When you are able, gather evidence about the accident by taking photographs where possible. Also speak to any members of staff who helped you or were involved. Get witness statements.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer who will help you to claim where possible. It is often possible to make a "no win no fee" claim so that you will never be out of pocket. Your lawyer will inform you of the likelihood of success and how much you might be paid when you win your claim.
One thing that is important to remember is that it is not just you who will be helped by your claim. Hopefully, the safety procedures of the supermarket will also be improved and others will not have the same slip, trip or fall that you had.
Slip Injury Claims News
Getting injured is never a pleasant experience, particularly if the injury that came about was in no way your fault. Having to devote time to resting and recuperating can be incredibly inconvenient and even expensive: you may end up losing earnings and even if your job if your injury leaves you unable to perform your role for a longer period of time (or even permanently).
A pensioner who fell over a large box lying in an aisle of a supermarket has received £8000 in compensation.
A handyman who fell while painting a warehouse has been awarded £35,000 compensation at the High Court.
A cyclist is to launch a personal injury compensation claim against Southend Council after she tripped on a kerb near the sea front while cycling.
A former jockey has launched a compensation claim against the owners of Cheltenham Racecourse after he suffered a career-ending injury at Prestbury Park.