Hunting for antiques, also known as ‘antiquing’ can be quite addictive, and with shows such as ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’ on TV, it’s easy to see that antique hunting has become a popular pastime in the UK. You probably wouldn’t think of antique hunting as a dangerous activity (why would you?) but you may be surprised to learn that there is the potential for accidents to happen when browsing in an antiques shop. It’s not all bad news though, as you could claim antiques shop injury compensation if you have been injured – and Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
Common antiques shop injuries
Antique hunting is definitely a less dangerous activity than snowboarding or white water rafting, that’s for sure. But over the years, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of customers claim antiques shop injury compensation – here are just a few of the types of claims we have handled:
- Slip, trip or fall injuries caused by tripping over stock on the floor or catching your heel in a broke floorboard/damaged flooring
- Injured by objects falling from height – such as a stuffed animal head falling off the wall or antique teapots falling from a shelf and hitting you
- Lacerations from broken antiques
- Manual handling injury from lifting antique furniture
You might be left with minor injuries such as cuts, bruises or a sprained ankle, but you could also suffer serious injuries, such as a head injury if something heavy falls on you. But who is at fault for your injuries? It’s the same as in any retail store – the antique shop manager is responsible for your safety whilst you’re on the premises, and if they have failed to keep you safe, you could claim personal injury compensation.
What happens now?
We recommend getting in touch with our team of expert advisors, who will listen to you and offer confidential advice. We’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim and give you an idea of how much compensation you’re entitled to, however you have been injured. Just give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500, or take the 30-second test on our website today, to see how much you could receive if your claim is successful. The compensation you receive can be used to pay for any medical expenses you’ve incurred; who knows, you may have some left over for antiquing in future.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton