Book shops are amazing places of knowledge. They stock books for all segments of society, from fiction to non-fiction and from atlases to dictionaries. You never know what you are going to find around the next corner as you browse the many bookshelves that are a signature feature of any bookshop.
Of course you wouldn’t expect to have an accident around the next corner. Book shop injuries are uncommon but the team at Accident Advice Helpline has occasionally spoken to people who have been injured in this very setting. Accidents don’t happen very often but when they do you never know what the outcome could be.
Examples of situations where book shop injuries could occur
All kinds of things could potentially happen that might reasonably lead to a range of book shop injuries. There are lots of bookshelves in stores like this for example, and if they are not securely fixed to the wall they could topple over on top of a customer.
Similarly, if shelves collapsed and sent a lot of books tumbling down onto a customer, this could knock them to the floor causing them an injury in the process.
In other situations there could be uneven or unmarked steps that might cause a customer to slip and fall. If the carpet on the stairs isn’t fixed properly this could lead to someone falling down them. There could also be problems with keeping the place clean and tidy. Spillages have a danger of causing an accident to happen, as can a build-up of debris or rubbish in any area.
Do you have the right to make a claim?
If you’ve been injured while visiting a book shop in the last three years, it might be worth finding out more about what happened.
You could find you have the chance to make a no win, no fee* claim if you have enough evidence to prove that someone else was negligent in their management of the shop in a way that caused you an injury.
This can all be difficult to work out, which is why we would recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. That number is completely free and you won’t pay for the no-obligation advice either.
Why not find out where you stand and whether you could in fact claim after suffering an accident in a book shop recently?
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Accident in a shop