We hear a lot in the news these days about the decline of the high street caused by internet shopping. Many high streets and regional shopping areas are dominated by charity shops and betting shops and this is thought to reflect the current economic climate.
As the recession hit the UK several years ago, the number of families buying clothes and other items from charity shops certainly increased. Family finances were squeezed by job losses, low wages and a lack of easy credit. Charity shops provide a perfect recycling opportunity – they supply affordable clothing and provide an important income for vital charities at the same time. They are usually manned by a mixture of salaried staff and volunteers.
However, this does not mean that they are immune from accidents and charity shops have a responsibility to assess and control health and safety issues in the same way as all other retail premises. If a member of staff or a customer is hurt in an accident that was not their own fault in a charity shop then they may be able to start a personal injury compensation claim.
There are legal firms like Accident Advice Helpline who can help with the legal aspects of this process and do all that they can to make sure that your compensation claim is successful.
Here are some of the precautions that the organisations that run charity shops need to be aware of in order to prevent personal injury compensation cases being started.
Personal injury lawyer compensation claims – charity shops
The key way to prevent personal injury compensation claims is through a thorough risk assessment. The risk assessment will consider hazards which fall under the following categories:
- Slips and trips
- Handling and moving stock around
- Working at a height
- Maintaining a healthy working environment
- Risk of robbery and violence
- Shop equipment (some might be electrical)
Slips and trips are a very common hazard in any retail premises and presents a risk to staff and customers. People can slip on wet floors and on spillages that have not been cleared up. They can slip and trip on objects that are on the floor that they were not expecting to be there. It is easy for stock and donations to build up inside a charity shop and this needs to be carefully managed.
Sprains, fractures, and bruising are the common injuries to suffer after a slip, trip or fall. Typical injuries are twisted (sprained) ankles and broken wrists. Ankle sprains affect the soft tissue in the ankle and can be extremely painful – it may be difficult to walk for some time. Broken wrists can be extremely debilitating for a few weeks as the bone heals and movement is regained.
Looking for a lawyer in Blakedown?
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local personal injury lawyer in Blakedown they can still represent you and your claim. This is because they are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Blakedown look no further than this expert service.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.