A visit to a garden centre can be a pleasant trip to make. You can look for various indoor or outdoor plants to brighten up your home. You can get information and inspiration about a garden project. You might even buy a shed or pergola or something else larger to put in your garden to change the design a bit.
There are all kinds of situations where you might come home laden down with goods from a garden centre. It would be fair to say however that you wouldn’t want to come home having suffered an injury in a garden centre. If this were to happen you could end up being hurt and being unable to do anything about it.
How safe should garden centres be?
A garden centre should be a safe place to visit. The owner has a clear duty of care towards everyone else in the building. This applies to visitors just as much as it does to those who work there. As such you have a right to be able to go into the garden centre and enjoy being there just as much as you would if you worked there. You should have little to no chance of being injured while on the premises.
Of course things can go wrong and you might receive an injury in a garden centre if those on-site haven’t done everything they could to make it safe. For example you might slip over in water spilling out of a hose that hasn’t been turned off. You might be hurt if a heavy fence panel slides over or falls over on top of you if it hasn’t been stacked properly. There are all kinds of other potential hazards that may not have properly been dealt with either.
What should you do?
Of course you will want to seek medical advice for any injuries you may have ended up with. However, you might also want to think about finding out more about a compensation claim. This could be a possibility if your injury is quite serious or if it prevents you from getting on with your life.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide no-obligation advice regardless of your situation. Just call on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you have a chance of making a successful claim. One call could lead to a successful outcome.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead