Can I make a claim for being injured by an advertising display in Aldi? It fell on me and cut my cheek.
You should be entitled to claim for being injured by an advertising display in Aldi if it fell on you through no fault of your own, although even if you bumped into the display it may still be possible to claim compensation.
When advertising displays are used in grocery stores, a risk assessment must be conducted to ensure they do not pose a danger to customers. Displays must be checked for sharp edges and a bump test should be conducted to ensure that they are stable enough to resist a knock from a customer or shopping trolley.
The fact that the advertising display fell on you and cut your cheek suggests that a risk assessment was not conducted satisfactorily. It is therefore probable that you will be entitled to claim for a cut from advertising display in a grocery store, provided the cut to your cheek was severe enough to warrant a visit to hospital or a doctor. Receiving first aid treatment in the store by a qualified first aider does not count as medical attention and an injury must be detailed in your medical records in order to justify making a claim for a cut from advertising display in a grocery store.
In addition to seeking treatment for your injury from a doctor, it is important that the accident is reported to the store manager. You will no doubt have made a complaint to a member of staff at the time, but there should also be a written record of the incident in the store’s accident book. If you did not make this report at the time, you should return to the store as soon as possible to do this. An accident book report can be used to support a claim for being injured by an advertising display in Aldi, and will serve as proof that the cut was sustained in Aldi where you were owed a duty of care.
It is strongly advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Although you appear to be eligible to make a claim for being hit by an advertising display in Aldi against the grocery store’s public liability insurance policy, this should be confirmed by a lawyer.
It is also important for a lawyer to accurately calculate how much compensation you will be entitled to claim. You may be within your rights to take legal action, but if the cut you sustained was not serious, and if you will not be left with a visible facial scar, it may not be worth your while making a claim for being hit by an advertising display in Aldi. This must be established before you decide to take legal action against the store.