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Supermarket and Shop Accidents (Slips, Trips and Falls)

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When it comes to life's many pleasures, trawling through the aisles during our weekly supermarket shop probably doesn't rank as one of them. Nevertheless, that compulsory supermarket sojourn doesn't only provide us with good food at great prices, but a cornucopia of potential hazards too.

As any Friday afternoon shopper will testify, it can often be a tricky obstacle course trying to negotiate your way through coupon-clutching consumers and organic milk-grabbing yummy mummies. They are extremely busy environments with the potential for injury lurking round every corner.

One in every three pounds in Britain is spent on food shopping, so it's no small wonder that shoppers are prone to the occasional in-store calamity

Can I make a claim for a supermarket accident?

Regardless of their size, all supermarkets, shops and retail outlets have the legal duty to provide a safe environment for the public under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. It's an Act that provides protection for customers on the occupier's premises, regardless of whether it's in the shop itself, the car park or the immediate surrounding area.

Types of Supermarket Injuries

With so much at stake any injury lawsuits proving potentially damaging, the leading supermarket chains (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s) tend to take health and safety issues very seriously.

Nevertheless, the sheer volume of people that cross their thresholds every day means that the occasional accident is inevitable. Some of the most common supermarket injuries are:

The injuries themselves can range from broken bones, soft tissue injuries, lacerations and head injuries.

What you should do

If you've been unlucky enough to be injured in a supermarket or shop, there are a few things you should do after the accident.

If you're too injured to do these things then get someone else to do it for you or, if you have to, return to the shop as soon as you can and do it.

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