If you were to slip in a shop, what actions would you take? Of course, initially, it is pure instinct to try and stop yourself from falling. You will do anything to try and maintain your balance. However, there is a very real chance you may not be able to stop yourself from falling over, and it is in this type of situation that you may find yourself faced with injuries.
Injuries can happen in all kinds of ways if you slip in a shop. For example, you may find you fall very awkwardly and strain or sprain an ankle or a knee. You may even break a wrist, an arm or another bone in your leg or foot, depending on the exact way you fall. Since you have very little time to do anything about it, it is easy to see how an awkward fall can occur.
Is the shop owner responsible for your injury?
This is a very important point to consider. For instance, the shop owner has a duty to make sure everyone who comes into their shop can use it safely. They must make sure they adhere to every health and safety law that is relevant in this situation. In addition, they should perform risk assessments whenever required, as these can help identify any potential risks or hazards that may potentially be present.
If they do not do this, they could potentially end up opening the way for an increased chance of someone slipping or tripping over. As you may already know, a simple slip in a shop could lead to an injury that continues to cause problems long after the incident itself takes place.
Let us see if we can help
You may be reading this because you have first-hand experience of suffering just this type of incident. If so, and if it happened in the past three years, you may want to consider if you could make a no win, no fee* compensation claim. To find out if you can do this, call Accident Advice Helpline now. The number is free to call on 0800 689 0500, and you are guaranteed to get no-obligation advice when you do.
It can be difficult to ascertain whether a claim is possible to make in individual situations. That’s why we would always encourage you to find out for certain now.
Date Published: March 6, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Accident in a shop