When you go shopping at your local supermarket, you expect to return home without any injuries, but accidents can happen at any time, in almost any place, and supermarkets are actually fairly hazardous places. If you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall, been hit by a falling object from a poorly stacked shelf, or bought a faulty product, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Common supermarket accidents: how to prevent slipping in a public place
The most common types of supermarket accidents are slips, trips and falls and usually, these result from obstructions in aisles, doorways, and slippery floors which are caused by spillages. Shop owners have a responsibility to follow guidelines to prevent accidents in public places and the following measures should help to lower the risk of public place injuries:
- always ensure that spillages are mopped up as quickly as possible
- keep doorways, stairwells and aisles clear
- ensure that shelves are stacked properly
- use warning signs to alert shoppers about slippery floors and changes in the level of flooring
Product liability like defective eye products: what is it and can I make a claim?
You may have encountered stories in the media about people making claims for faulty or defective products they have bought at the supermarket. Product liability relates to quality control and health and safety measures, which are in place to protect members of the public from illness and injury. These measures help to ensure that the items we buy at a supermarket are safe. In almost all cases, the responsibility lies with the manufacturer, as they are responsible for assembling and checking the product before it goes out for sale. In cases where own-brand products are sold, the supermarket must then assume liability.
Certain products, including toys, food and medicines, can be particularly dangerous. Defective eye products, such as eye drops, for example, can have devastating implications, from temporary pain and irritation, to permanent loss of sight, and even total blindness. Losing your sight will undoubtedly change your life, not just in terms of your quality of life, but also in relation to your employment, your health and well-being and your personal life.
If you are injured or harmed by a product, like a defective eye product, which is not deemed to be safe, you could claim compensation. Compensation helps to cover the cost of medical care, bridge the gap between wages, and provide for the future in cases where it is uncertain if you will be able to work again. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – for more advice and information about product liability compensation claims, public place accident claims, and work accident compensation.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown