As a shopper, you don’t expect to suffer any type of injury. Unfortunately, just when you least expect it, something can go wrong.
This is why it’s so important to become familiar with the many types of shopping injuries. While this is a broad term, here are some of the accidents that could occur on a store’s property:
— Slip and fall. This is exactly what it sounds like, and can be the result of poor lighting, torn carpets, wet floors and escalator malfunctions among other issues.
— Falling objects. In retail settings, such as large warehouse stores, objects are often stacked from the ground to the ceiling. This could result in a falling object at some point.
— Shopping cart injuries. An example of this would be a shopping cart that tips over.
— Parking lot injuries. There are many parking lot defects that can lead to an accident, such as failure to remove snow or improper maintenance.
— Overcrowding. When stores don’t manage large crowds, it’s possible for accidents related to trampling to occur.
Shopping injuries are more common than many people believe. If you find yourself in this position, you should do the following:
— Receive immediate medical attention
— Make note of the details surrounding the accident
— Learn more about your legal rights
In the end, receiving a high level of medical care is most important. From there, you should focus on your legal rights, such as your ability to receive compensation. This approach will put you in a good place as you move forward.
Source: FindLaw, “Shopping Injuries Overview,” accessed June 15, 2017