The summer has flown by and before we know it, we’ll be dashing around the supermarket stocking up on tins of chocolates, sugared almonds and candy canes in preparation for Christmas. Christmas is an exciting time of the year, when everyone is full of good cheer, but it’s also a nightmare time for shoppers, with aisles packed with people and a high risk of slips, trips and falls.
Why are slips, trips and falls so common at Christmas?
Christmas is a time many of us build up to and look forward to for weeks, but it can also be a hazardous period. Supermarkets and shops are much busier during the festive period, the weather is usually unpredictable, with a high risk of snow and ice and there are lots of people rushing around trying to get lots of things done in a short space of time.
The Christmas shop doesn’t seem like the most perilous activity, but supermarkets can be particularly hazardous at Christmas time, due to the increased number of customers coming through the doors and the weather conditions. People walking around with wet shoes and boots, spillages, and boxes lying around in aisles can all be causes of accidents and the journey to and from the shop can make the experience even more hair-raising, especially if it has snowed. Road traffic accidents are more common in the winter months, especially among younger drivers who lack the experience of driving in severe weather conditions.
Preventing public place slips at Christmas
Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents, but following these simple steps will help to reduce your risk of injury this Christmas:
- Avoid rushing and try to plan ahead
- Avoid driving if the weather is very bad
- Wear suitable footwear
- Dry your feet when you enter a shop
- Look out for boxes that may have fallen down from the shelves and puddles caused by spillages
Can I make a slip, trip or fall claim?
If you have slipped, tripped or fallen in a supermarket and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for slip, trip or fall compensation. If the incident occurred within the last three years and you can prove that it was not your fault in any way, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, a legal firm with expertise in handling a broad spectrum of claims, from work accident claims and personal injury claims to road traffic accident compensation.
Date Published: September 7, 2013
Author: David Brown