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Shopping injuries: A few things you need to know

It doesn't matter if you enjoy shopping or would rather avoid this at all costs, nothing changes the fact that you will probably find yourself in some type of store a few times per week.

Shopping injuries are all too common, with the potential for you to be part of an accident every time you step foot inside a store.

Here are a few things you need to know about shopping injuries:

  • These can be the result of many circumstances, such as a slip and fall, shopping cart tipping over, overcrowding or an unsafe parking lot.
  • Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party, such as the property owner.
  • Store owners will attempt to employ a number of defense strategies in the event that a person is injured on their property. These include arguing that conditions were not dangerous, saying they were unaware of the issue and noting that the condition was so obvious that it should have been avoided.

If you are injured while shopping, the best thing you can do is stay where you are and call for help. Trying to leave the scene may make things worse on you over the long run.

Once you understand your injuries and have the opportunity to learn more about what happened, including the cause of the accident, you can turn your attention to your legal rights. With the right approach, you may find that you are able to file a claim with the idea of receiving compensation from the negligent party.

Source: FindLaw, "Shopping Injuries Overview," accessed Sep. 19, 2017

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