Shopping accidents often happen very suddenly, and can cause painful, long-lasting injuries such as broken bones and fractures, cuts, and whiplash. If you’ve been injured in a shop, shopping centre or supermarket then we know how shocking it can be.
All business owners must follow strict rules set out in The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, and so they have a legal requirement to make sure you’re kept as safe as possible. If the owner or manager of a shop has failed to follow safety regulations, then they may have put you at risk and may therefore be responsible for your injury.
You don’t deserve to suffer because of somebody else’s negligence, and your injury is likely to have had an impact on your daily life as well as your finances. We’re here to guide you through the first steps of making a compensation claim, so that you can start to get things back on track.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Slips, trips and falls at shopping places udar11685
Slips, trips and falls are a common type of shopping accident, often caused when floors are wet and slippery without any warning signs.
Floors can become wet because of the weather or because of spillages. In both cases, managers and shop owners should try to dry the floor as soon as possible, and should place warning signs in the meantime.
Slips and trips may also be caused when boxes, packaging and other items are left on the floor in aisles by staff, as well as by poorly maintained flooring or stairs.
Causes of shopping accidents udar11685
Although shops and shopping centres may seem like relatively safe places, serious injuries can happen if health and safety regulations haven’t been followed.
For example, if staff members haven’t stacked shelves safely, then you could be injured by falling objects. This can also apply to signs hanging from the ceiling – if they haven’t been secured properly there’s a risk they could fall.
Shelves and other fittings with sharp edges can cause cuts, as can broken objects which haven’t been cleared away or fixed.