Fuelling up, stopping for snacks or picking up essential groceries – service stations are often open late and so are ideal if you need to re-fuel or grab some food. We’re often in a rush at service stations, or maybe tired after a long journey or stressful shift at work, so it’s easy to miss hazards we would normally spot and be involved in an accident.
Slipping in a service station is the most common type of accident which we’ve dealt with compensation claims for, and since 2000 Accident Advice Helpline has helped a number of customers to successfully claim compensation after they’ve been injured at a petrol station.
Serious injuries – really?
Most of us don’t stop to think how serious your injuries could be after slipping in a service station – it all depends on how you land and of course how fit and healthy you are. For example, elderly people who suffer a slip on a forecourt spillage could land awkwardly and risk fracturing their brittle bones – hip fractures are common, and only 1 in 4 people will make a full recovery from this type of injury.
It’s not just the elderly who are at risk though, anybody who slips on a fuel or food/drink spillage either on the forecourt or in the service station shop could injure their back, neck or shoulder in the fall, or they could even sustain broken bones or a head injury if they hit their head on the way down. There have even been cases of people suffering serious facial injuries and knocking out their teeth after a fall of this kind.
Claim the compensation you deserve
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. Most accidents of this nature can be avoided – it’s up to the service station owner to ensure their premises are safe. So spillages should be cleaned up promptly and the forecourt and shop should be a safe environment for customers.
If you’ve been injured and you think more could have been done to prevent your accident, you can make a claim within three years of your accident occurring. You don’t need to pay expensive legal fees either, as Accident Advice Helpline’s professional personal injury lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee* service.
You deserve to be compensated if you have suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence, and you’ll need a personal injury lawyer to make a claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 – we’ve got 15 years’ industry experience and come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims