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Compensation Claim for Cutting a Finger on a Tin in a Supermarket

Can I make a compensation claim for cutting a finger on a tin in a supermarket if I had to go to hospital to have stitches?

You do not need to have suffered a cut which requires stitches in order to make a compensation claim for cutting a finger on a tin in an Asda supermarket against the store’s public liability insurance policy. Any cut on a damaged product can warrant a claim for compensation against the supermarket, provided it did require some form of medical treatment from a doctor.

Cutting finger on a jar or tin in supermarket

Cutting finger on a jar or tin in supermarket

The fact that you did go to hospital after cutting a finger on a tin means that your injury will have been recorded in your medical records. This is important as your medical records will be used as proof of injury when you make a compensation claim for cutting a finger on a tin in a supermarket.

It is also important that your injury is linked to the store. If you have not already done so, you should return to the store to make a report on the accident in the store’s accident book. You should tell a manager about the product which was damaged so that it can be removed from the shelves to prevent other customers from suffering similar injuries. Once your injury has been reported, you should seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor about claiming compensation for cutting a finger on a tin can to receive specific legal advice about the procedures which must be followed in order to initiate a claim, and to have your right to take legal action confirmed.

If it can be established and proven that the supermarket was aware that faulty tin cans were stocked on the shelves (or should have been aware under the circumstances), it should be possible to recover compensation for cutting a finger on a tin can. When supermarket staff replenish the shelves, attention should be paid to the products to ensure they are not damaged before they are picked up by customers. Supermarket staff should be well aware of the danger to customers from damaged tins, and health and safety matters such as this should have been covered in training sessions.

Although the supermarket staff may not have been directly responsible for the damage to the tin — the tin may have been dropped by a customer and replaced on the shelf — it is the responsibility of the staff to remove damaged items from the store, just the same as spillages need to be cleaned up promptly.

Regular inspections of the products should take place to ensure that the health and safety of customers is not put at risk. If a store manager fails to ensure the staff are taking all reasonable precautions to prevent customers from cutting a finger on a tin, it is probable that the supermarket will be held responsible for any injury sustained by a customer as a direct result.

Should it be possible to for you to make a claim, you will be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused and the considerable loss of amenity caused by suffering a serious cut to a finger.