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Claim for Cutting a Finger on Product Packaging in a supermarket

How can I tell if I will be able to make a claim for cutting a finger on product packaging in a supermarket? I severely cut my index finger on plastic packaging when I took a product of a shelf.

Although it is possible to make a claim for cutting a finger on product packaging in a supermarket, establishing and proving that the supermarket was to blame can be complicated.

In order for a claim for compensation to be successful you must be able to prove – with the assistance of a personal injury solicitor – that the supermarket staff was to blame for your injury. A claim for cutting a finger on product packaging in a supermarket would need to be made against the supermarket’s public liability insurance policy on the grounds that the staff should have been aware of the damaged product and have removed it from the shelves.

Cutting a finger on product packaging

Cutting a finger on product packaging

The fact that a damaged and dangerous product was not removed from the shelves does not necessarily mean the supermarket staff has been negligent and failed in a duty of care. Shelf replenishment staff should perform a rudimentary check to ensure that product packaging is not defective or broken before an item is placed on the shelves, although the duty of care owed to customers is not absolute in this respect.

It would be unreasonable to expect that the packaging of each individual item is thoroughly inspected for damage before being put on the shelves. Whether a claim for compensation is possible is likely to depend on whether it would have been reasonable to have expected the damaged product to have been identified, and if the member of staff responsible for allowing it to be put on the shelf was negligent.

If the product packaging was damaged by a customer it is still the responsibility of the supermarket to identify the damaged item and remove it from sale. Routine checks of the shelves should be conducted and any damaged products should be identified and removed. However, sufficient time should be allowed for the staff to perform these checks.

The question which must be answered before it can be established whether you are entitled to claim compensation for cutting a finger on a product in a supermarket, is whether a competent and attentive member of staff should have been able to identify that a product was defective and potentially dangerous under the circumstances. It will be difficult for you to establish this (and prove negligence) personally, and assistance should be sought from a personal injury solicitor.

After investigating your case and determining how it was possible for you to have cut a finger on product packaging in a supermarket, you will be advised by your chosen solicitor if you can claim compensation for cutting a finger on a product in a supermarket. You will also be told how much compensation for a cut a finger on product packaging in a supermarket you will be entitled to claim, and you can then make the decision whether to proceed with a claim against the supermarket.