Have you been injured because of an accident in a shop?
Many people go shopping on a daily or weekly basis but, despite this, we don’t always think about the dangers or about staying safe whilst out shopping. In fact, there are numerous risks that surround a shopping trip and there are various types of accidents that could occur in a shop.
If the shop is particularly busy, the sheer number of people could make an accident more likely to occur. If you can’t see where you’re going or things are left on the floor, for example, you could easily trip or fall. Alternatively, if it’s been raining, the shop floor could get wet and slippery. If this isn’t dealt with by staff or if warning signs aren’t displayed, you could slip and suffer a serious injury as a result.
Due to the range of accidents that could occur, there are a variety of injuries that could be sustained from an accident in a shop. If you have been injured and you think that the shop could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Provided you can say ‘yes’ to the following questions, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the compensation you’re entitled to:
- Was your accident caused by somebody else?
- Did you sustain injuries?
- Did your injuries need medical attention?
- Has it been three years or less since your accident happened?
If you can answer positively to all these questions, you could get in touch with us to find out more about making a claim for your accident in a shop.
What injuries could be sustained in an accident in a shop?
Being injured in an accident in a shop could lead to minor or more serious injuries, depending on what has happened. Since 2000, we’ve helped thousands of people to claim compensation for injuries sustained in a shop accident. Whether you have been injured in a shoe shop or a supermarket, here are a few examples of the types of injuries which you could sustain:
- Strains and sprains, such as a sprained ankle or wrist
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries, for example if things fall from shelves and hit you
- Head injuries, if anything falls on you or if you hit your head after a slip or fall
- Back and spinal injuries
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
The type of injuries you have sustained will obviously determine what type of medical treatment you need. If you have suffered a head injury, it’s best to get this checked out, as head injuries can often be more serious than they appear to be outwardly.
Do you need urgent medical help?
If you’ve been involved in an accident in a shop, it’s likely that you’ll need medical assistance. However, when accessing treatment for injuries sustained from an accident in a shop, you’ll need to decide if you require emergency care.
Often, the emergency services are called when people have suffered life-threatening or serious injuries. If you’re unconscious or you have suffered a serious head injury, for example, it may be necessary for an ambulance to be called. If your injuries are less serious, you may be able to access medical assistance yourself. However, it’s vital that you do seek medical help of some sort and you will need to have done this if you plan on claiming compensation for your injuries.
Making a compensation claim
If you know who is liable for an accident in a shop, you’re already a step ahead when it comes to making a compensation claim. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, you should be able to take action against them and you shouldn’t have to suffer unnecessarily because of an accident that wasn’t your fault. Many people miss out on making a claim after an accident in a shop, as they assume that they’re not eligible or that their injuries are simply not serious enough. In actual fact, you could find you are eligible to make a claim even for minor injuries like a sprained wrist or ankle. Provided you sought medical attention for your injuries and somebody else was to blame for your accident, you could be in a position to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim though, so it pays to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.
If you’re unsure what to do next or if you want to know how to claim for an accident in a shop, why not get in touch with us?
How much compensation could you get?
The types of injuries suffered in shop accidents can vary greatly, so it’s impossible for us to tell you exactly how much compensation you could get without knowing more about what has happened. We also take into account a number of other factors when working out your personal injury settlement, such as the severity of your injuries, their impact on your life, and whether or not you have suffered any financial losses, for example, loss of earnings. These factors will all affect how much compensation you could receive after your accident. There is a way to get a quick idea of how much you could claim though – you can take the 30-second test on our website, which will tell you what you could receive if your claim is successful.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
At Accident Advice Helpline we have over 16 years’ experience as a personal injury law firm, so you know you can trust us to provide the help you need. You don’t even need to be concerned about the cost of making a claim for an accident in a shop as we can help you to make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
To find out more now, call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 31st July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell