Can I Claim Compensation if I Was Injured at Work in a Supermarket?
Yes, you can claim compensation if you were injured in an accident at work in a supermarket.
Like any employer, supermarkets have a duty of care to their staff. So they must provide a safe working environment and make sure they’re doing everything they can to keep you safe, such as:
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Making sure safety policies are being followed correctly
- Giving staff adequate training, so they’re aware of any risks and know how to deal with them
- Clearly marking safe walkways and hazardous areas
- Providing personal protective equipment where appropriate
- Regularly reviewing safety processes
If they didn’t do this, and you’ve been injured as a result, you could claim compensation, which could be invaluable if you have long-term injuries and need to spend a long time off work, or need specialist medical treatment or rehabilitation.
Our friendly, supportive Personal Injury Solicitors have a strong track record of helping injured people with accident at work claims get the support they need, so they can recover from or learn to live with their injury.
Contact us for a free claims assessment and we’ll be happy to discuss what’s happened to you and how we can help. Ask us if we can help you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
How Common are Accidents at Work in a Supermarket?
Accidents at work in supermarkets are, sadly, very common. These include:
- Slipping on wet floors, spillages or unsafe surfaces
- Tripping over boxes, stock cages, loose merchandise or packaging, mats and other obstacles
- Being struck by falling objects from over-stacked or uneven shelves, poorly built displays or falling signage
- Manual handling injuries
- Stair, escalator and lifts accidents
According to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips and falls were the most common accidents at work during 2019/20. These accounted for nearly a third of all workplace injuries, which demonstrates the need for supermarkets in particular to put employee safety first.
Supermarket workers who suffer a workplace accident can suffer a variety of injuries, including:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations and grazes
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries
While some of these injuries can clear up fairly quickly, some can have much longer lasting consequences, and leave people needing long-term care, specialist equipment and rehabilitation, and months or sometimes years being unable to work.
What Should I Do if I Have an Accident at Work in a Supermarket?
If you have an accident at work, we recommend that you:
- Report the accident to your employer
- Attend a hospital or a GP to get your injuries checked out as soon as possible
- Take photographs of the accident location or object that caused your accident. If you can’t do this, ask a colleague to do it for you
- Write down the names and contact details of anyone has witnessed your accident, as they could give valuable evidence to support a compensation claim
Many of the accidents and injuries that happen in supermarkets could be prevented if risks are properly assessed, staff get the right training and the correct policies are followed.
So if the accident was caused by your employer’s negligence, it’s only right that you get the care and support you need to either recover from or adapt to life with your injury.
Our expert Personal Injury Solicitors have a strong track record of helping people who’ve had an accident at work get the compensation they deserve, and will be happy to speak with you about your situation.
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