In a supermarket, mainly outside, there are plenty of hoardings advertising either the supermarket brand or the latest offers inside. This is to entice the customer into the store which is done by making the advertisement larger than life so it stands out and you can’t see anything else when it is in front of you. This is a great marketing ploy by the supermarket chains. However, hoardings have also been known to fall on customers causing severe fall injuries as they are often knocked to the ground by the sheer weight of one.
How can a hoarding fall possibly lead to a fall claim?
There are a few ways in which hoardings can fall. One way is that if they are not secured by the company that put them up in the first place; they can become loose and eventually fall, causing damage to anything it falls on and potentially leading to an accident claim. This can be easily rectified by the supermarket by making sure they employ experienced, legitimate construction workers to put these up properly, securely and safely to prevent a fall claim.
Any other ways an accident claim could come about from falling hoardings?
Another way in which hoardings can fall and cause a fall injury is through wind and storms. Unfortunately, living in the UK means we get our fair share of bad weather and especially around autumn, winter time, the winds and wet weather are upon us. Sometimes, even the most secure of hoardings can come loose potentially causing a fall injury claim through the force of the wind pushing against it. This cannot altogether be prevented but it can be helped by making sure the hoarding is secure – especially when severe weather is forecast. If you are concerned about the safety of the hoardings you can alert the supermarket so they can action this properly.
If a hoarding does fall on you or you have any other accident or slip, trip or fall that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a claim for compensation and just how much you could stand to claim. Alternatively, take the easy 30 second compensation calculator online to find out how much you could be entitled to. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown