Being hurt by objects falling off shelves whilst out shopping is a sure way of ruining a bit of retail therapy. So, what can you do if it happens to you? Can you make an injury claim if you are injured in a shop?
The simple answer is yes you can. If objects falling off shelves causes you an injury or you or are injured whilst out shopping, you may have a right to claim compensation.
How can objects falling off shelves cause injuries?
The most serious threat of objects falling off shelves is, of course, head injuries. Sometimes, it doesn’t even need a particularly heavy object or contact to cause a serious injury. A glancing blow in the wrong place is often enough to cause a concussion.
Alternatively, the falling object may miss your head but cause injuries elsewhere. For example, it could land on your toe, leading to fractured or broken bones. They could even cause cuts and lacerations to your hands should you try to catch them.
Finally, fallen objects also pose significant slip, trip and fall hazards. The consequences of trip and fall accidents can range from mild discomfort and bruising to debilitating dislocations.
Given these dangers, it’s little wonder shop owners are given strict health and safety measures to put in place.
As with any other public place, shop owners have a responsibility towards the safety of both their staff and the visiting public. Failure to adhere to these safety measures could mean they are liable for any accidents that occur on the premises.
This responsibility for safety doesn’t just mean minimising existing hazards. It also means reacting to things like liquid spills quickly and taking adequate measures to minimise or eliminate risks as they occur.
What can I do if I am injured by objects falling off shelves?
If you are out shopping and injured by an object falling off a shelf, you may well be due public injury compensation.
You can use our unique 30-second claim test on the Accident Advice Helpline website to establish your eligibility to make a compensation claim.
From there, our expert advisors are standing by to take your call on our helpline. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, we know how to get a successful outcome. Call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice