Plenty of people head into charity shops every week. In some cases they might simply want to browse or even to donate some clothing or other items to be sold to support the charity. In other cases they may want to buy a few bargains. Whatever the situation might be, it is reasonable to assume they wouldn’t want to go home nursing an injury of some kind.
Thankfully very few people visiting or even working in a charity shop will sustain charity shop injuries. There are very few reasons why something like this would occur, since the shops are typically run to the highest of standards at all times.
How could charity shop injuries happen?
This will be the first question on your mind – unless of course you have already experienced injuries while visiting a charity shop. If this is the case you will know people can be hurt in a variety of ways. Maybe you slipped on something on the floor – a spillage, or maybe even a puddle of water that has leaked from the plumbing or the roof.
On the other hand you may have fallen over because someone left a pile of clothes on the floor and they hadn’t been spotted or tidied up and hung up properly.
There are all kinds of feasible scenarios that might potentially crop up. Very few of them could actually happen, but in reality even something simple can cause you an injury that could be painful and upsetting.
What should you do?
Whenever you suffer an injury in any shop or similar location, you should always report it. The person in charge of the shop should know where the accident book is and should make sure the accident is written down in it.
This provides a clear record of what happened. If you don’t report it and later try to make a compensation claim, you could run into problems.
Once you have had medical treatment for your injuries you should also contact Accident Advice Helpline. We offer a free enquiry line that makes it easy to speak to the very people who can help you.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 to find out more and to see whether you could make a compensation claim. It could be the easiest thing to do once you get to speak to our team, so make that call now.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead