If you’ve suffered any kind of accident in a shop or supermarket that led to you being injured, you may be entitled to compensation.
Shops and supermarkets have a duty to ensure that their employees, customers and other visitors to the shop are reasonably safe when using the premises.
Dangers include spillages, stock left lying on the floor, uneven surfaces and recently cleaned floors that have not been flagged as wet. These hazards put staff, customers and visitors at risk from slips, trips and falls that can result in injuries such as sprains, fractures, broken bones or bruising.
Compensation can pay for things like:
- The cost of travelling to get treatment
- A sum for your pain and suffering
- A sum for any loss of amenity – for example, if your injury is permanent and as a result, you can no longer enjoy hobbies or pastimes that you did previously
- A sum for any actual and future loss of earnings
- The cost of any future treatment you may need
It will help your case if at the time of the accident you were able to:
- Report the accident to a member of staff when it took place and ensure it was logged in their accident book
- Obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident
- Take a photo of the reason for the accident, such as an uneven floor, boxes left lying around or a spillage that has not been cordoned off or cleaned
However, don’t worry if you weren’t able to think about these things at the time of your accident as we can fully investigate the circumstances for you and still assist you in claiming compensation.
Get in touch with Breens today and one of our friendly team will be able to advise you if you have a claim. We can also advise you on the different ways that you can fund your case.
Supermarket Accidents: Employee Claims
Employees of shops and supermarkets are at risk from a whole range of accidents that their employers should take reasonable steps to prevent. These include:
- Slips and trips because of spillages or stock on the floor
- Injuries from lifting bulky or heavy objects
- Falls when working at a height
- Irritation and damage from cleaning products and equipment
- Shocks or burns from faulty equipment
- Assaults from visitors to the shop
If you are an employee of a shop or supermarket and you have suffered an injury, you may feel reluctant to take action against your employer. Keep in mind that this type of claim results from your employer failing to put in place simple, low cost measures to protect your health and safety. By making a claim, you will not only get the compensation you are entitled to but you will also help to protect other employees from the same thing happening to them.
Q: Can my employer sack me for claiming compensation from them?
They could – but you could sue them if that happened. It is unlikely your employer would take such a risk – all employers must take out insurance to cover accidents on the premises and your employer’s insurance company will pay your compensation, rather than your employer personally.