Many people enjoy wandering round a furniture store looking at all the items that are available for sale. Whether you are window shopping or actually looking for something to buy, you would certainly expect to enjoy the experience. You wouldn’t expect to leave the store nursing an injury of some kind.
Furniture store injuries could potentially occur in a number of situations. For example if the furniture has not been put together properly to go on display, this could lead to an injury if you lean on it or sit on it to try it out. For example if you opened the door of a wardrobe to see how spacious it is inside and the door fell off onto your foot, this could cause you an injury.
Are incidents like these fairly common?
Actually no – nothing could be further from the truth. In reality furniture store injuries are few and far between. The people who run and maintain these stores will follow all the health and safety procedures they are expected to follow by law. These procedures will ensure there are no situations where anyone could have an accident that could have easily been prevented.
It is the situations where such rules are not properly followed that the chances of injury will have the potential to increase. For instance you might end up tripping over steps that are poorly marked so you cannot see them. You may slip over in a spillage caused by a leaky roof. You might get your hand caught in the automatic door that opens at the front of the store if it is not in good condition and doesn’t work properly.
What should you do if you have already been injured?
If you have already found yourself nursing an injury and it happened in a furniture store within the last three years, it is not too late to do something about it. You might end up being able to resolve the matter by making a compensation claim. Your injury does not need to be long-lasting in terms of pain or some other outcome for this to be the case.
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in dealing with claims just like yours. We can assess whether your claim could be successful. Just call us on 0800 689 0500 so you can see whether your specific case is worth pursuing.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Accident in a shop