Everyone needs to go shopping from time to time. Whilst it is generally a stress-free, typical thing to do, shops, centres and supermarkets can be busy, congested places where accidents can and do happen.
Retailers have a duty to keep customers safe in shops and supermarkets but there are instances when health and safety regulations are not followed properly, and people get hurt. Some common examples of shopping centre and supermarket accidents include:
- Slips and trips, from spillages and wet floors or broken goods which haven’t been properly cleaned up.
- Head injuries or broken bones from falling goods which have not been stacked or stored correctly.
In instances such as the examples above, you have been let down by the shop or supermarket owner and have a right to claim compensation for the consequences of their negligence. The implications of an injury from even a slip or fall can be severe and compensation can help you. It can provide financial security if you need to take time off work to recover and cover the costs of any specialist medical care you undergo.
Our personal injury solicitors are experts in supporting people who have been involved in shopping centre or supermarket accidents.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the responsible organisation to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
A strict three-year time limit applies to making slip and trip accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
Compensation for slip and trip accidents in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on the severity of your injuries, as well as other factors, like loss of wages.
We fully investigate each case we work on to make sure that we get the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. Our personal injury compensation calculator has been created to estimate how much you may be able to claim for, based on the injuries you have sustained.
Use our personal injury compensation calculator to see how much you could get, but take the figures as guides solely.
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have suffered a personal injury from a slip and trip accident in a shopping centre there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to the relevant authority as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you’re providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
Anyone who was injured in a shopping centre slip and trip accident through no fault of their own can claim for compensation.