With the holidays and Black Friday quickly approaching, the number of shopping-related
injuries increases dramatically. Shoppers flood retail floors looking
for the perfect gift at the lowest possible price. For most people shopping
during the holidays, the idea of sustaining an injury while at their favorite
retailer is so far from their mind. Unfortunately, due to longer hours,
and higher demand from customers for assistance, some store owners fail
to keep their premises safe or warn shoppers of hazards that could injure them.
Common holiday shopping injuries
Slips and falls
– The winter months bring rain and snow, which means slippery floors and
torn carpets. Store owners are responsible for adequately warning the
customer of wet floors and doing what they can to prevent injury.
Shopping cart injuries – Shopping cart injuries occur to children or other adults caught in their
wake. These injuries can occur when shopping carts tip over. This is more
likely to occur during holiday months due to heavier shopping cards.
– To prepare for the high holiday demand, shop owners order more stock than
normal. Often this stock is piled high at the top of shelves or stored
in the warehouse. Workers and shoppers alike report injuries from falling
stock during the holidays.
Trampling Injuries – Crowds excited to get the latest and greatest thing, race to the door of
retail stores often knocking down or trampling other shoppers in their
quest for the best deal. Trampling injuries could include broken bones,
sprains, and head injuries.
Parking lot injuries – During the winter months, snow and ice can form in the parking lots of
shopping malls and other retailers. It is the responsibility of the property
owner to properly maintain the premises during this time to prevent injuries.
If you were injured in the parking lot of a business, you might be eligible
to file a personal injury claim.
Were you injured while shopping?
If you were injured while shopping, the skilled Clearwater injury attorneys
of Paulsen Law Group can help you get the compensation you need to recover
from your injuries.
Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.