Are you claiming compensation in Wiltshire from a garden centre?
Although garden centres can be busy at any time of year, the summer months can be peak times. With warmer weather allowing more people to get outside and enjoy their gardens, there can be increased demands for plants and gardening products.
In order to ensure customer and staff safety, all types of shops and retail outlets must ensure that the shop floor is kept clean and safe. However, this can be particularly important for garden centres due to the types of products they sell. In addition to selling flowers and plants, many garden centres also sell gardening equipment. This can range from standard equipment, such as forks and spades to more heavy duty electrical equipment, such as chainsaws and lawnmowers.
Although these items are normally securely packaged and sold in boxes, many garden centres and DIY stores have items on display on the shop floor so that customers can view the item before purchasing. If there were left in a dangerous area or they were left unsupervised, customers could hurt themselves on such items and injuries may occur.
In addition to this, garden centres have to be very careful about how they store some products. Many products designed for use in the garden contain potentially toxic chemicals. Some weed killers, for example, could cause significant injuries if they were to spill on to someone’s skin or if they were accidentally ingested. If a package were to split or these items were to leak, it is essential that staff cordon off the area until it has been fully cleaned to avoid people becoming injured or unwell.
When an accident or injury does occur in a shop or retail outlet, staff are normally required to make a note of the incident or record it in an accident report book. In some instances, notice must also be sent to the company’s head office or headquarters. If a complaint is made, they can then refer to the incident to explain how and why it occurred and they can also use this information to try and prevent any similar accidents occurring in the future.
If you have been hurt whilst shopping in a garden centre, you could make a claim for compensation in Wiltshire, providing you can show that you weren’t at fault and that you didn’t cause the incident. If it shows that the staff were responsible for the incident, it’s likely that you will be considered eligible to make a claim for compensation in Wiltshire and you could receive a substantial amount of compensation.
If you’re considering making a claim for compensation in Wiltshire following this type of incident, we may be able to help. To find out more about making a claim for compensation in Wiltshire with Accident Advice Helpline, call a member of our team now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th August 2014