Compensation for Falls in a Supermarket

Supermarket shopping is a big aspect of life, love it or hate it. In most cases we will spend between 3-4 days per week in the supermarket, shopping for essentials for the home and for work. Supermarkets are generally quite safe areas, but with an abundance of people and the fact that many of us are in a hurry when we are shopping, it can lead to potential injuries if items are left lying around.

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While browsing through the aisles it is easy for shoppers who are in a hurry to drop items, which in turn can spill and leave dangerous, slippery liquids on the ground. If you aren’t looking where you are going you could potentially slip over on these and cause an injury. It is the responsibility of the supermarket to ensure that their premises is kept clean and safe for users at all times and if you do happen to slip over as the result of poor cleaning in the aisles then you could be eligible to claim for compensation. 

How can a fall occur?

A fall in the supermarket can be caused by a number of reasons. Items left lying around on the floor that have been dropped by other shoppers can easily be tripped over. In addition any liquids, drinks, milk or other types of fluid can easily be spilt if an item is dropped in the aisle and this can be potential hazardous to anyone who doesn’t see it. 

What injuries can I claim for?

Falling over in a supermarket can be an incredibly painful experience leading to a number of injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains – Can occur if your ankle or wrist slips when trying to break your fall
  • Bruises, cuts and grazes – Can occur if you fall into an object
  • Head injuries – If you slip over and hit your head on the floor or a shelf
  • Facial injuries – As above. 

Who is liable for my fall?

When it comes to liability, generally if the injury has been caused by negligence on behalf of the supermarket you should be able to make a claim against them for compensation. To be able to do this you must prove that the supermarket did not take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their patrons and that they were not making a concerted effort to ensure that all aisles and walkways were well-maintained at all times.

What should I do next?

If you have been injured as the result of negligence on behalf of the supermarket then you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Our team at Manners Pimblett can explain your rights and help to assess whether you are eligible to make a claim for medical expenses and any loss of income that you may have incurred. To find out more and to start your claim today call the Manners Pimblett team on 0845 077 0772.

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