It is your legal right to make a compensation claim for a supermarket accident if it occurred through no fault of your own. Here is what you need to know.
Common accidents sustained by employees working in supermarkets
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can deal with any type of injury sustained in a supermarket. The most common accidents are caused by slips, trips and falls, falling objects, lifting heavy items, and defective equipment.
Most supermarkets have employees who inspect and remove potential hazards regularly, but it is not uncommon for spillages or breakages to occur in some areas whilst employees are inspecting other sections of the supermarket. In this case, workers and shoppers can slip, trip and fall due to wet floors or objects left unattended in a particular location even though that area has been inspected recently. Slips, trips and falls can result in a wide range of injuries, including head injuries, fractures and lacerations.
A person working in a supermarket can also get injured by objects falling from the shelves. When products are not stacked properly, they can fall and hit someone. If you were injured by a falling object whilst arranging merchandise on shelves or loading/unloading a delivery van, you can bring a claim against your employer who is responsible for training all employees properly before assigning them certain tasks.
Have you been injured whilst lifting heavy objects as part of your job? If yes, then you can hold your employer responsible only if you can demonstrate that he or she has failed to train you appropriately for this task. The most common injuries resulting from lifting heavy objects are back, arm and foot injuries.
Our solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline have also handled a high number of claims on behalf of supermarket workers injured whilst operating defective equipment. A meat slicer without a guard, a cage with a faulty wheel and faulty electrical equipment can cause a serious injury at any time.
According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers can be held liable for the actions and inactions of their staff. This means that you have a legal right to file a claim against your employer even if you have been injured by your colleagues whilst they were doing their job.
Whatever your injury, you can approach our legal experts to discuss your case in more detail. To get in touch with us at Accident Advice Helpline, please call our free number 0800 689 0500 or complete our online compensation claim form. Regardless of whether you call us or fill out our online form, you will not be placed under any obligation to pursue a claim if you do not wish so. If you intend to reclaim damages for your injuries, taking legal action against your employer is much better than wondering, “can I claim for a supermarket accident?”
Date Published: May 4, 2014
Author: David Brown