The experience of buying new clothes is nothing more than a functional one for some people, and a day-long period of enjoyment for others. In either case though, you wouldn’t expect anything to go wrong while you were shopping. You certainly wouldn’t expect to be on the receiving end of an accident in a clothes shop, would you?
Fortunately very few people find themselves in this situation. While some are unlucky and may suffer a minor accident because they weren’t looking where they were going for example, others fall victim to a lack of health and safety within a particular store. In this case they may not be at fault for the accident – instead, someone else is.
How can someone else cause you to have an accident in a clothes shop?
Let’s say you are looking through a rail of clothes when the whole thing suddenly collapses on you. While the clothes themselves may not be that heavy, you could be knocked to the floor, or you could be hit by the clothing rail itself. Either situation could lead you to suffer injuries that could have been caused by negligence on the part of the staff or owner.
The person responsible for running the store has a duty of care to make sure the entire store is safe, both for customers who may enter the store to look round and for their staff. If they do not follow all the health and safety laws in place today, they could eventually lay themselves open to a potential compensation claim.
The consequences of negligence
Slips, trips and falls are usually among the most commonly-experienced injuries in all kinds of settings. Some are due to simple bad luck, but others are due to negligence. In the case of a clothes store, the owner must be sure the floor is safe and there are no potential hazards associated with it. For example if the roof leaks it could make the floor slippery. Until it is fixed a warning sign should be placed in that area to minimise the chances of injury occurring.
Accident Advice Helpline is always here to provide you with no-obligation advice. If you have been injured while you were in a clothes shop you have a right to find out whether you are due any compensation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 to find out.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead