Most of us have cause to visit a DIY store once in a while. Maybe you want to pick out a new kitchen, or simply buy some new handles for your doors. Whatever you want and however much or little you want, you would expect to have a pleasant experience while you are there.
Very few people end up suffering some kind of injury in a DIY store. The health and safety regulations that apply to all stores and workplaces are there to ensure no one has an opportunity to be hurt in any manner. However, if something is neglected or goes wrong, you might be injured when you least expect it.
Toppling stock or slippery floors
All kinds of things might have the potential to happen from time to time if the appropriate steps aren’t taken to prevent them. For example stock might topple over on top of you if it has been stacked too high or is unsafe to stack in the first place. Similarly you might be injured simply by slipping on the floor if something has been spilled, or if it has been mopped already and there is no warning sign out to indicate this.
Whatever the situation might be, any injury could be painful and it could potentially cause some problems for you in the future as well. A twisted ankle or broken bone will usually heal given time. However, if you twist your back or suffer a more serious injury, there is a chance you might suffer problems on a prolonged basis.
Can you claim any compensation?
This may not cross your mind initially but it could do later on. If you have been injured and you think the DIY store was at fault for causing your injury, it is certainly worth working out whether you have a chance to seek compensation.
You certainly have nothing to lose when calling Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24/7 enquiry line either. This is open now on 0800 689 0500 so you can find out whether you do have a good case to make against whichever DIY store you had your accident in. You’ll never know unless you call, so why not do it now to see where you stand? You might be surprised at the outcome, especially when making use of one of our professional injury compensation lawyers.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead