Supermarket slip-up led to serious injury
- AuthorKate Sweeney
The recent case involving a woman slipping in a Marks and Spencer store and sustaining hip injuries has highlighted once again the legal rights of shoppers. The stores have a duty to provide a safe environment for people to enjoy and when that doesn’t happen, the consequences can be serious.
In 2005, another Marks and Spencer shopper in Bath slipped on some grapes that had fallen from the display and suffered a serious injury to her shoulder. After consulting legal experts she received £30,000 in compensation. In the end, the case was settled early, so the victim didn’t even have to endure a day in court.
In all supermarkets, there is a chance that produce will fall from display shelves and present a slip hazard for consumers. The stores have highly defined health and safety procedures to ensure the reduced likelihood of incidents, but these systems can, and occasionally do, go wrong.
Making a case against a store owner, especially one of the UK’s supermarket giants, can sometimes feel intimidating due to the high levels of legal representation they possess. However, with the right legal representation themselves, a claimant can be successful in both receiving an appropriate financial award and bringing the store to justice so they are forced to take action to avoid a similar incident occurring and affecting someone else in the future.
If you have been in an accident in a store and it wasn’t your fault, the legal experts in Stephensons' personal injury team can help you mount a claim for compensation against the owners of the shop. You’re entitled to feel safe and secure when out shopping, so if this hasn’t happened you should seek the justice you deserve. Give us a call today on 0845 245 6601 and see how we can help you.
By personal injury Partner, Kate Sweeney