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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for falling in a shop


    For most of us, the idea of going shopping is a pleasant one. Some people window shop while others take the time to actually go out and buy things.

    However you wouldn’t add falling in a shop to the list of reasons why you would enjoy going out in this situation.

    Falling over is something that happens to plenty of us throughout our lives. There could be all kinds of reasons why this might be the case. Sometimes it may simply be a case of not looking where we are going, so we fall over something as a result.

    However in the case of falling in a shop it could potentially be because there was a hazard in the way that caused the fall to happen in the first place.

    Falling while shopping

    Whenever you go into a shop it is worth knowing that the people who own that shop have a duty to protect all those who go into it. This holds true for customers just as much as it does for staff. When you enter a shop you should know it must be safe to use.

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    Health and safety issues are very important for the shop owners to pay attention to. They must ensure the shop is clean and tidy at all times and there are no potential hazards that could trip someone up.

    This holds true both in older shops and buildings and in new ones as well. Regardless of the floor surface, whether it is high-tech and highly-polished or real wood floorboards, it should be safe to walk on without fear of falling.

    How might you fall?

    Obstacles and potential hazards are the main issue here. It is important to be aware of any warning signs that might alert you to potential hazards, such as a wet floor that has just been washed for example.

    However if no signs are present and you fall over as a result, this could mean the store has been negligent.

    As such, you might have cause to bring a compensation claim against the store in this case. To find out whether you can, you should contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500.

    This is a completely free number to call and we may be able to put your case before one of our professional injury compensation lawyers.

    Date Published: August 12, 2015

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Category: Accident in a shop

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