Accidents in a supermarket may not always be due to slips, trips and falls. Sometimes, events leading to accidental injuries while shopping can be almost too strange to be true.
- Mobility Scooters
It appears that mobility scooters can represent a serious risk of personal injuries in supermarkets. In 2005, for instance, a lady stacking shelves suffered a knee injury when a pensioner’s scooter was knocked into her by (this is where it gets really odd) another mobility scooter. A little girl of nine had her leg broken in 2012, when a scooter ran into her after a cashier accidentally knocked its controls.
- Car park incidents
Supermarket car parks can also be the scene of strange but true accidents. In 2008, for example, a man died after a sudden gust of wind caused a security barrier to smash through his windscreen. In Florida, a woman lost control of her car and crashed into a supermarket (straight through the front door) in 2012. According to the ABC News report, ten people, including a baby, were hurt in this unfortunate supermarket accident.
- Runaway trolley
Another tragic accident, leading to the death of an elderly woman, occurred in 2013. In this case, a heavily loaded, out-of-control trolley was responsible. The trolley careered down an escalator before crashing into the woman and throwing her against a wall.
- Flying tomato sauce
According to a Connecticut newspaper, a man suffered multiple injuries when a stack of tinned tomato sauce fell onto him in 2012. The poorly constructed stack collapsed when the man reached overhead to get a tin off the sauce.
- Exploding bottles
In October 2014, a supermarket chain had to urge customers to return bottles of sparkling wine after bottles of the volatile beverage sent their corks and shattered glass flying in several of their stores. While it appears that no-one was hurt, these incidents could easily have caused potentially serious injuries to customers.
When things go wrong
Fortunately, these kinds of accidents are very rare. Most injuries in supermarkets are, as a matter of fact, caused by slipping, tripping or falling. Should you sustain an injury at the supermarket, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine whether you are eligible for a claim, and our highly experienced legal team works on a no win no fee* basis. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500, the helpline is open 24 hours per day and strictly confidential.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice