Slips, trips and falls are common in supermarkets at the best of times, but during busy periods, such as Christmas and Easter, the risk of slipping in a supermarket may be higher. If you’ve had an accident in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Potential slip, trip and fall hazards in the supermarket at Easter time
Easter is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be hectic and hazardous, especially if you’re planning a last-ditch trip to the supermarkets to stock up on chocolate eggs. One of the main reasons the supermarket may be more dangerous at Easter time is the volume of people. Easter is a popular time to shop because people like to buy each other Easter eggs, but it is also very busy because there are bank holidays, which means that the shops are open for shorter periods of time and some may even close, causing people to panic shop in advance.
Another potential hazard at Easter time is boxes; reaching for an Easter egg on the top shelf can easily result in a pile-up of boxes and chocolate eggs littered all over the aisle, which will almost certainly result in at least one person tripping.
Other risks in the supermarket include slipping on a wet floor following a spillage in the milk, wine or cordial aisle, and being hit by a falling object from a shelf above eye-level.
Surviving the supermarket at Easter time: ways to avoid slips and trips
Here are some tips to avoid panic, stress and injuries at Easter time:
- Check out the opening hours and consider going early in the morning or late at night when the shop is likely to be less busy
- Take extra care when the supermarket is very busy
- Look out for signs warning you about slippery floors
- Ask for help if you cannot reach something you want on a high shelf
Can I claim for an accident in a supermarket?
If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a public place, such as a supermarket, you may be eligible for compensation. If the accident was not your fault, it happened in the last three years and you have the evidence to back up your slip, trip or fall compensation case, call Accident Advice Helpline. The firm was set up many years ago and their legal experts have helped hundreds of people to make successful road traffic accident claims, work accident claims and personal injury claims.
Date Published: September 7, 2013
Author: David Brown