Petrol Station Forecourt Slip Accident Claim *
Slip, trip and fall accidents * are commonly associated with petrol station forecourts. Accident claims * are usually made when a person slips and falls on fuel spillages and other debris in the forecourt area of a petrol station. A claim made for injuries sustained as a result of an accident in a petrol station forecourt * are made through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).
When making a personal injuries claim * it is important to determine who is liable for the cause of the accident. Following an accident in a public place *, it is usually the occupier or owner of the premises who is responsible as a result of a breach of their duty of care or negligent behaviour. They have a duty to provide a reasonably safe place for all customers and visitors. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995 states that an occupier of premises owes a reasonable level of duty of care to any visitors on their land. This means that they should have a regard for their health and safety at all times and ensure that they do not sustain injuries while on the premises. Unless it can be shown that they took reasonable steps to prevent an accident then it is likely that they will be found liable for injuries sustained. If an employee has acted in a negligent manner which caused an accident then their employer may be seen as liable. This will be determined based on the cause of their negligent behaviour.
It is not always the owner of the petrol station who is responsible for accidents. In some cases, it can be other customers who have failed to show a reasonable duty of care to those around them. They may have spilt fuel while filling their vehicle and did not report this or do anything to prevent an accident. As petrol station forecourts are generally a busy environment it is important that both employees and customers show a reasonable level of care for others. Failing to do so can result in an accident occurring or injuries being sustained.
Accident at work *
If you have sustained an injury following an accident at work in a petrol station * if your employer acted negligence they may be deemed liable for the accident. They have a duty of care to their employees to ensure that their health and safety is a priority while they are at work. Before undertaking a job an employer should be made aware of potential risk or hazards associated with the work they will be carrying out. This can reduce the chance of an accident occurring as they will know what practices and procedures should be followed. An employee should also ensure that they co-operate with regulations in place as they also have a duty of care to ensure that they do not act in a negligent manner.
- Breaks and fractures
- Head Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Traumatic Brain injury (TBI)
- Injuries to the legs and feet
- Soft tissue injuries
Causes of Petrol Station Forecourt Slip Accidents *
Slip and fall on fuel spillages *
One of the most common causes of forecourt slip accidents is fuel spillages. This can create a very slippery surface which can lead to various injuries being sustained. This usually occurs as a result of lack of training of employees as they may fail to act quick enough to clean up the spill. If it cannot be cleaned up in a timely manner there should be warning signs in place to make people aware of the potential hazard. This can greatly reduce the chance of an accident occurring.
Uneven road surface
An uneven road surface can lead to trip and fall accidents * as it may be difficult to prevent these accidents. Potholes in the forecourt of the petrol station would be a common cause of this as people are likely to trip over them. The owner of the petrol station has a responsibility to ensure that they maintain the area of the forecourt to ensure that there are no potential hazards.
Poor and cold weather conditions can lead to the forecourt area becoming slippery as a result of ice. This can cause people to slip and sustain various injuries. There should be practices and procedures in place to deal with this situation when it occurs.
Making a Claim *
If you have been involved in an accident in a petrol station * there are some steps that you should take:
- Witness Details – take details of anybody who may be witnessed the accident
- Take Photos of the scene, the cause of the accident and also your injuries
- Report the accident to the manager on duty at the time
- Speak with a personal injury solicitor *
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like more information on any aspect of this topic or the process involved in making a claim *, you can contact our team of accident solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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