The weekly trip to the supermarket could end up with a ‘trip’ you didn’t bargain for – one that will involve a visit to accident compensation solicitors.
Owning a combined share of just over three quarters of the UK grocery market, between them the major brand supermarkets manage over 56,000 units around the country plus there are more than 20,000 independent stores still in operation.
There is likely to be not one store or a minute in the 24/7 retail day, in which, a shop customer does not suffer an accident of one kind or another, from slipping on a wet floor, getting caught by the corner of a bargain bin or the end of an aisle counter. There can’t be many who have not experienced the sharp end of a shopping trolley at a busy time of the day.
Typical accident compensation can be paid out for incidents, such as when shoppers slip up on fallen items of fruit, spillage from dropped cartons or bottles, and the most frequent occurrence - fridge leakages. However, the placing of ‘wet floor’ signage may not take place for a lengthy period of time.
Another most common form of trip can occur just at the shop entrance during heavy rainfall when customers leave a build up of wet footprints, which can form muddy puddles. Very quickly, the additional matting laid down (often just cardboard) can become soggy and be a greater cause of a tripping accident. In some instances, rain can start leaking through the roof and because of the long distance, buckets are insufficient to stop the drops splashing out and over the floor.
It’s almost routine for items to fall from upper shelves or from high-stacked displays when customers try to reach them, resulting in nasty face wounds, bruising or worse, if a tin or carton lands in the eye. As in all claims involving supermarket accidents, an outcome can be reliant on whether the owner accepts responsibility for any personal injury or other damage caused.
Accident claims forms can often show the more risky hours to go shopping when a specific type of accident is more likely to take place. Shopping centres, in particular, have found that a definite peak of tripping up can be detected around the lunchtime period when office workers are on their lunch break and drop small food items or spill drinks as they walked along.