Shopping centres are a great place to pick up everything you need for a night out, combine a shopping trip with lunch with friends or just get some shopping done whilst sheltering from the British weather. The last thing on your mind when you’re browsing the shops for the latest fashions is being involved in an accident. Yet there can be hazards lurking in shopping centres that could lead to accidents, leaving you seriously injured. If you’ve been hurt as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you could find you’re able to make a personal injury claim. You’ll need a personal injury lawyer you can trust, and Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim compensation since 2000 – we’ve even been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen.
Common shopping centre injuries
You might be surprised at the range of injuries you could sustain in a shopping centre – here are just a few examples:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries, including cuts, bruises and fractures, even knocked-out teeth
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injuries
- Crush injuries
Slips, trips and falls are amongst the most common types of accidents to happen in shopping centres. You could slip on a wet floor where no warning signs have been displayed, or trip on boxes or other objects which have been left lying around. Escalators can also pose a hazard – you could be injured by another person pushing past you on an escalator, or by a faulty escalator. If building or maintenance works are being carried out at a shopping centre, you could be struck by tools or other objects falling from height. You could even suffer food poisoning after dining at a shopping centre food court – although it may take hours of days for you to suffer from symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Claiming compensation after a shopping centre accident
Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the shopping centre owner to ensure that anybody shopping on their premises is safe. So if you’ve been injured in an accident at a shopping mall, you could find yourself eligible to claim compensation for their negligence. Reporting your accident to the shopping centre management should be your first step, after getting medical attention, if needed. Then it’s time to consider whether you should make a claim for personal injury compensation.
You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim, or why not head for our website and take the 30-second test, to see how much you could claim. Our advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice which can help you decide whether claiming is the right next step for you to take.