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Claiming Compensation for an Injury at a Supermarket

19th August 2010
By jemsmorcals in Legal
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It is estimated that over half of the money spent by British shoppers on the high street is spent in supermarkets, while around three quarters of a million people are employed by the four industry giants, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons. Given their economic dominance and the physical scale of supermarket stores, it is unsurprising that injuries and accidents involving both customers and staff are common.

Supermarkets must take all reasonable measures to protect the safety of both customers and staff, and to prevent accidents from occurring as far as possible. Where this duty of care is breached, and a visitor is injured due to negligence on the part of a supermarket or its staff, an injured person may bring a claim for compensation under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. Though many people will be afraid of bringing a legal challenge against one of the supermarket giants, such claims are normally relatively straightforward. Where a supermarket has clearly breached its duty of care, and this breach has caused injury, claims will normally be settled out of court within a few months, and compensation will be paid out promptly by the supermarket's public liability insurance.

The most common types of accident in supermarkets involve slips, trips and falls. Such accidents may occur anywhere on a supermarket's premises, including in an aisle, at the checkout, or outside in the car park. Injuries from falls range from minor wrist sprains to dislocated or fractured hips, which will require a lengthy recovery period, especially if the injured person is elderly. Slips and falls are often caused by products such as milk, butter or fruit which have been spilled or discarded on floors. This type of accident is particularly common in supermarkets which serve hot, ready-to-eat food, often served in wrappers which customers discard on the floor.
Supermarkets must maintain a tight inspection and cleaning regime to ensure that such hazards are always eliminated within a reasonable time-frame.

Another regular cause of supermarket accidents are floor surfaces which have been recently cleaned, and are not cordoned off effectively to prevent visitors walking and slipping on them. Falls may also result from packaging materials or other containers left lying in aisles. Such accidents will be particularly serious if a person falls onto a sharp edge or hard surface, and strikes their head. Head injuries in supermarkets are also caused by objects falling from height. These objects may be large tins of produce falling from poorly stacked shelves, or signs falling from ceilings. It has also been known for customers to be crushed by stock crates on wheels, or injured due to defects in supermarket shopping trolleys such as protruding spokes. A significant percentage of supermarket accidents occur outside in the car park. These may be caused by uneven surfaces which have been poorly maintained, or by obstacles such as missing drain covers. In the winter snow and ice will pose a threat, and supermarkets must ensure that surfaces are adequately gritted to prevent visitors from slipping and falling on them.

Supermarket accidents should be reported as soon as possible to customer services and details should be logged in the supermarket's accident book, which they are obliged by law to maintain. Injured persons are advised to take photos of the hazard which caused the accident, where possible, and also to take names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses. Our solicitors have extensive experience with supermarket accident compensation claims on behalf of both injured customers and employees. We operate on a no win no fee basis meaning if you win your case you keep all of the damages awarded, and if you lose you will not pay a penny. You can find out more about supermarket accidents on our specialist web page at

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The commonwealth games are the big event of the world that will held in India after the Asian games held in 1951 and 1982. It is a third multisport event after the Olympics games and Asian games. Some games are includes that played mainly in all commonwealth countries. The games were previously known as British Empire Games has controlled by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The event was held first in 1930. It has renamed in 1954 as British Empire and Commonwealth Games and British Commonwealth games in 1970. The games got his real title in 1978.

The commonwealth games 2010 will held in Delhi, India between October 3, 2010 and October 14, 2010 with population over 15 million. The games in India have to organize by Indian Olympic Association by chair of Mr Suresh Kalmadi. It will be the 19th commonwealth games first time held in India. India won the summons over Canada by 46 votes to host this mega event. In 2010 Commonwealth games, there are 17 sports will be organized as Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, and Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The Mascot of CWG 2010 is "Shera" and Logo is "Come Out and Play". There are 71 nations will participates in this game. The invitation from queen of England has accepted by President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devi Patil. Mr Abhinav Bindra received the Queen's Baton Relay and become the first baton bearer.

Delhi is the capital city of India with rich culture and history where games will be held. It is imperial city created by British Raj. The host city Delhi has ready for commonwealth games 2010 with great infrastructure. The games village have made near Akshardham Temple the largest Hindu temple of the world on east bank of river Yamuna with warmth of culture, tradition, hospitality and all modern facilities. Several other facilities to tourist and participating teams are providing by Delhi Government and also facilitate related maximum security. The Game Village has spread over an area of over 158.4 acre along with 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,164 air-conditioned flats. It can provide accommodation around 8,000 athletes and team officials.

The commonwealth game schedule is from October 3rd to October 14th in capital city of India, Delhi. The opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be organized at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi by presenting of global politics, athletics and other Official personality on 3rd October. The games will also organize at different venue like Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Siri Fort Sports Complex, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Yamuna Sports Complex, Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, and R K Khanna Tennis Complex, Delhi University and SPM Swimming Pool Complex on all different dates. The closing ceremony of the CWG 2010 will be held on 14th October 2010.

The commonwealth games tickets went sale on 4th June 2010. It will be sail until the start of each event. There is total of 1.7 billion tickets available for general people. The tickets price of opening ceremony of the games are minimum 1000 and highest 50,000 for the best seat. For the other events, the prices of tickets start from 50 rupees and up to 1000 rupees. The ticket prices for the each
Bartletts Solicitors are specialists in claiming compensation for both customers and employees who have been injured at a supermarket. If you are interested to know more about Injured at a Supermarket then please click on to Personal Injury Solicitors for all details.
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