Women of all ages know the importance of trying on clothes before you buy. With sizes varying so drastically from one shop to the next, you just know that if you buy that dress without trying it on, you’ll need to come back and swap it for a smaller or larger size next time. Changing rooms across the country are usually packed with women trying on everything from the latest dresses to jeans and tops for casual wear. But did you ever stop to think that your average high street store’s changing room could be a dangerous place? If you’ve slipped on a changing room floor, you could have suffered serious injuries.
How do changing room accidents happen?
There are a number of different things which could lead to a changing room accident, and if you have slipped on a changing room floor, it could be down to one of these things:
- Wet floor after it has been mopped (and no warning signs displayed)
- Spilt food or drink in the cubicle or the communal area of the changing room
- A leaking roof, which has made the floor wet
- Cleaning fluid or other cleaning products spilt on the floor
If you slip and land on your bottom, chances are you’ll suffer a few bruises but you may be none the worse for wear. However if you land awkwardly, there’s a good chance you’ll suffer a back, shoulder or neck injury. You might even sprain your ankle if you land on it, or fracture your wrist, if you put your hand out to break your fall. If you slip and fall in the changing cubicle, you could hit your head on the mirror or the seat, suffering head injuries or facial lacerations – even eye injuries from a broken mirror.
Claiming compensation after a changing room accident
The store owner could be held responsible if you’ve slipped on a changing room floor – it’s their responsibility to ensure the store and changing rooms are safe for customers to use. To find out if you could make a 100% no win, no fee personal injury claim, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today. It’s free to call and our helpline is open 24/7, so you can get confidential advice from our team of advisors and find out whether you have a viable claim. There’s no obligation to proceed either, so it’s completely up to you whether or not you want to make a claim.
Date Published: June 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton