Although workplace accidents are common, not all of them affect employees – supermarkets are open to the public, so consumers are often injured in slips and falls. Similarly, not all supermarket accidents are the same, many are similar, but some are more unusual than others, as the following five attest:
- In 2012 a nine-year-old girl’s leg was broken after a pensioner collided with her on a mobility scooter. Reported in the Telegraph, a cashier knocked the controls with a carrier bag, and the scooter veered into the young girl.
- Also in 2012, ABC News reported a woman in Florida lost control of her car, accelerating rapidly across the car park. The car crashed through the supermarket’s front doors and injured ten people, one of which was a baby.
- A supermarket’s CCTV captured a man trying to jump the chain railing used to prevent customers entering or exiting the shop via a closed till. He mistimed the jump and caught his ankle, resulting in a metal display of chewing gum and sweets landing on top of him. It’s not known if he took responsibility or filed a public liability claim. You can witness the events unfold here.
- One of the most devastating supermarket accidents occurred in June 2013, when a 60-year-old woman died after a trolley weighing 150 kg fell down an escalator and crashed into her. The men had used their own trolley rather than one of the store’s. Potentially, the shop could have been sued for allowing other trolleys to be used, and not having an escalator that locked the wheels into place.
- Another strange accident involved a bull which was let loose in a supermarket in Ireland. Fortunately it did not collide with any staff or customers, but it did knock a few displays over and chased people out of the building.
Strange or not, supermarket injuries are serious and potentially very dangerous. As such, they need to be taken seriously and victims may be entitled to compensation to deal with their injuries.
If you were injured in a supermarket accident, contact Accident Advice Helpline for free advice, to find out if your case is eligible to file a compensation claim or not.
Accident Advice Helpline works on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so if you don’t win, it doesn’t cost you anything.