What is the first thing you think of if you think about tripping in a shopping centre? You probably immediately think of feeling embarrassed as everyone else would be looking at you. Yet in reality you could have other far more serious things to worry about.
For example a basic trip can result in you falling over and injuring yourself. Even if you catch your fall you could still be injured if you put your hands out and break your fall.
Accident Advice Helpline regularly deals with calls made by people who have suffered accidents like these. In some cases there are people who have tripped up and ended up breaking bones because of it. If it is the summer and you trip over an obstacle that should not have been there while wearing open-toed shoes, you could break a toe because of it.
How can you work out whether your accident deserves compensation?
Tripping in a shopping centre can indeed be embarrassing. However it is the injuries you might get because of it that are most concerning. For instance you might end up breaking a wrist or some bones in your hand if you are hurt while breaking your fall. The nature of the obstacle and how and why it was there will be important to help ascertain whether you have a chance to claim compensation.
For this to be possible, someone else must have been negligent, and there should be proof of this. For example let’s say some maintenance work was taking place in the shopping centre. In order to keep visitors safe from potential harm, barriers should be erected around the area and all equipment should be out of the way of everyone nearby. If there are no barriers and you end up tripping over a drill that has been left lying on the floor, this would almost certainly be seen as negligence.
Call someone who can help
Obviously the first thing to do will be to determine whether you need to seek medical help. Sometimes you may not realise until later that you have a nasty injury. For example you might think you have simply sprained your ankle and not broken a bone there. However this may not be the case and you could realise later that you need treatment.
Whatever happens, make sure you call 0800 689 0500. You’ll need no-obligation advice from Accident Advice Helpline as well.
Date Published: August 10, 2015
Author: Rob Steen