You may wonder what the dangers of shopping centres actually are. Surely they are safe and enjoyable places to be? They certainly are for the majority of the time, but as with all public spaces, there could potentially be issues that may occasionally crop up, as you will see here.
Is there the potential for more serious accidents to occur?
- Slips. Most of us have slipped over at one point or another, but those in charge of shopping centres have a duty of care to make sure they are as safe as they can be. Neglecting cleaning duties, or forgetting to clear up spillages, can lead to an increased potential for people slipping over.
- Trips. Other obstacles could potentially lead to people tripping as well. While it may not happen regularly, some people have been hurt through no fault of their own, simply because someone else has been negligent and left tripping hazards in their way.
- Falls. Falls usually occur because of a slip or trip, but in some cases they can be more serious. For example, if a railing gives way, someone could fall from one floor of a shopping centre to the one below. This is incredibly rare, but it’s a good example of how something like this might potentially happen.
- Collapsing shelves or rails. Whether you are window shopping or buying things, you will want to browse the stock in various shops in these centres. If a shelf or rail collapsed on you, it could cause multiple injuries.
- Overcrowding. This is more likely to happen during the festive season, or during a special event that attracts lots of people. If an area becomes overcrowded, there is the potential for crush injuries to occur if the numbers are not properly managed.
More unusual dangers of shopping centres
If you have read the above and you have a memory of an injury you suffered in a shopping centre within the last three years, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500? That’s our free enquiry line, and if you call us as soon as you can, we’ll let you know whether you have a strong chance of winning any compensation as a result of your injuries. It costs nothing to get in touch, and you’re under no obligation to continue with a claim either.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead