When out shopping the last thing you expect to come home with is an injury; however in the last month Ringrose Law has successfully represented two Public Liability Claimants who did exactly that.

The first was a female who when visiting a well known supermarket chain slipped on a large spillage of water emanating from a cleaner’s cupboard. Initially the supermarket denied liability for the accident and steered blame towards a cleaning contractor. It transpired that the cleaning contractor had not made use of the room prior to the Claimant’s fall and it was found that the supermarket’s system of inspection fell below the reasonable standard required as the water had remained there for some time and routine inspection had not spotted it. Liability was eventually admitted by the supermarket and the Claimant, who suffered injuries that aggravated pre-existing symptoms of arthritis in both of her knees for a period of 5 years as a result of the accident, was awarded a settlement of £14,000.

The second Claimant was the customer of a home products store who had picked up a granite placemat from a mid level shelf and as she did so the placemat directly behind the one she had picked fell from the shelf and landed on her foot.  Ringrose Law successfully argued that the heavy granite placemats should not have been stocked on a mid to high level shelf and that as opposed to being stacked standing on edge they should have been stacked flat. The aforementioned arguments were accepted and liability was admitted by the store. The Claimant was awarded just under £4,000 for a soft tissue injury to the great toe and foot.

Whilst not all accidents of this nature will immediately pave the way for a Public Liability claim, where the establishment has not provided reasonable care or a reasonable system of inspection a claim may well be successful; and so if you have been injured in a public place and you would like to know if you have a claim for compensation then contact us at Ringrose Law. We have an expert team of Public liability advisors that are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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