Many accidents in supermarkets are a direct result of people slipping on wet flooring. There are many reasons for flooring being wet: customers entering stores with wet shoes during periods of bad weather; spills; leaking fridges and freezers; and recent cleaning operations.
Supermarkets’ responsibility to prevent slips, trips and falls
Supermarkets, and indeed any shops or other public places, have a responsibility to ensure the safety of customers, visitors and workers by reducing the risk of slipping, falling or tripping as much as humanly possible. This includes ensuring spills and wet areas caused by leaking equipment and so on are cleaned up or dried immediately. What’s more, recently cleaned areas also have to be clearly marked to prevent accidents by slipping. Store entrances should be protected against becoming slip hazards by the provision of door mats and, if necessary, suitable warning signs.
Slipping on wet flooring can cause an array of potential injuries in supermarkets: minor and serious cuts; bruising; broken or fractured bones; and even serious head or back injuries. Should you fall victim to a slip on wet flooring, it is important to seek medical assistance, as well as informing the store owner or manager of the incident and the resulting injuries as soon as possible.
Claiming compensation for slips, falls or trips
If the store in which you received your injury by slipping did not undertake the necessary measures to prevent your supermarket accident, it may be possible for you to claim personal injury compensation. In order to qualify for a claim, your injury must have occurred no more than three years ago and it must also be proven to be the store’s fault. In other words, if the store provided adequate warning of wet areas and you ignored these signs, a resulting slip injury would be your own fault and you would not be able to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
The friendly advisers manning Accident Advice Helpline free-number will be able to advise you with regards to claim eligibility and procedures during a confidential, no-obligation discussion of your situation.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown