An accident is probably the last thing on your mind when you stop to fill up at a service station, whether you’re coming home from work or in the middle of a long road trip. Yet service station trips and falls are actually surprisingly common – and most of the time they can be prevented.
Service station owners are responsible for your safety whenever you’re on their premises, and if they have failed to keep you safe, you could make a personal injury compensation claim if you’ve been injured after a fall.
How did your accident happen?
You might be wondering how on earth somebody falls over at a petrol station – you’d be surprised how easily service station trips and falls can occur. Here are a few of the claims Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with since we were established in 2000:
- Tripping over a raised manhole cover (when a tanker is filling up) or petrol pump hose trailing
- Slipping on a fuel or food and drink spillage
- Tripping on a broken step, pothole or damaged area of the forecourt
- Falling down a hole when a tanker is filling up
- Tripping over outside the car wash
Most of these accidents could be avoided if the service station owner paid attention to health and safety – for example a slip on a fuel spillage could be prevented if the spillage was promptly cleaned up, whilst tripping on a pothole could be avoided if the forecourt is maintained to high standards. If you’ve been injured in an accident like this, or in any other way, you could have a viable claim and the petrol station owner could be held liable.
How serious are your injuries?
Injuries sustained after a slip, trip or fall can be surprisingly serious, ranging from cuts and bruises to head injuries, facial injuries and broken bones. More serious injuries might mean time off work to recover, so if you have suffered a serious back injury or a brain injury after a fall at a service station, or if a member of your family has been injured, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you, so call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential advice – there is no obligation to proceed with a claim. We know that taking time off work after an accident can affect your finances, which is why our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so there are no upfront legal fees to pay.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton