Had A Supermarket or Shopping Centre Accident?
Unfortunately, due to their rise in popularity, accidents in supermarkets and shopping centres occur on a daily basis. The most common shopping accidents are slips and trips and falls, or being hit by something falling off a shelf.
Often, supermarket accidents happen due to poor cleaning and maintenance, or lack of suitable safety measures to deal with spillages but the most common causes of supermarket accidents are spillages and wet floors. These may be due to cleaning procedures not being followed properly by supermarket staff, leaking freezers or chilled cabinets, or customers walking water into the store in wet weather. Other spillages can take the form of empty boxes and packing tape, even stock cages and pallets being left in the aisles by staff when restocking, creating dangerous tripping hazards.
Whatever the cause, it is the supermarket’s responsibility to ensure the safety of shoppers. To do this they must make sure that wet floors are dried as quickly as possible and warning signs put in place to warn shoppers whilst they are drying. Supermarket staff should check the shopping aisles regularly to identify any spillages of liquids or foods or other hazards which they must clean up or remove as soon as possible and warn shoppers by placing prominent warning signs so that injury can be avoided.
All supermarkets and shops, whether it’s Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi, or a local independent shop or supermarket no matter how big or small, have this responsibility to ensure the safety of their shoppers whilst shopping in their supermarkets and shops.
Compensation Following A Supermarket Or Shopping Centre Accident
Unfortunately, the supermarkets all too often fail to ensure shoppers’ safety and as a result serious injuries can arise in particular broken bones, sprains and head injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a slip, trip or fall in a supermarket in the last 3 years, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Compensation will include damages for the injury and the pain and suffering it has caused and the amount will depend on the seriousness of your injury and how long it took you to recover or is likely to take you to recover. In addition financial losses can be recovered including any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury. Making a claim after a supermarket accident can help your recovery by covering the costs of any private medical treatment so you do not have to suffer long NHS waiting lists.
It is important to improve your chances of success in compensation claims for supermarket accidents by:-
- Reporting your supermarket accident at the time, or as soon as possible afterwards, to the supermarket manager and ensure an accident book entry is made detailing your accident.
- Seeing a doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible about your injury.
- Recording contact details of any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the spillage or hazard.
If the supermarket or shop can show they have a reasonable system of carrying out regular store inspections and checks and cleaning up any spillages found, and keeping a written record of it they may have a defence to a claim. This may be done by the supermarket or shop showing that the area where the accident occurred had been inspected shortly before the accident and that it was not reasonable for them to have located the spillage or hazard by the time of your accident.
Who to Contact If You’ve Suffered A Supermarket Or Shopping Centre Injury
If you’ve had a supermarket accident resulting in injury which the supermarket could have prevented, contact me to discuss your case on a free no obligation basis. I handle supermarket injury claims on a genuine no win, no fee basis which means you can start your supermarket or shop accident claim without risk, giving you complete peace of mind.
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