Typical Causes of In-Store Personal Injuries
Various factors can lead to accidents in stores. Common causes include:
- Slips, Trips, and Falls: Wet or polished floors, misplaced carpets, debris, and irregular surfaces often cause such incidents. The CDC notes that falls rank highly among nationwide injury causes.
- Falling Objects: Items slipping from shelves can result in injuries.
- Malfunctioning Equipment: Improperly maintained shopping carts, escalators, and other machinery can be hazardous.
- Parking Lot Mishaps: Parking areas, with their occasional potholes and busy traffic, pose risks.
- Insufficient Security: This can lead to violent incidents resulting in injuries.
Is a Store Accountable for Its Customers' Injuries?
Possible Compensation After an In-Store Injury
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and discomfort
- Damaged personal items
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Immediate Steps After an In-Store Injury
- Medical Examination: Prioritize your health. Seek immediate medical assistance if needed or visit a doctor soon after.
- Inform the Store: Report the injury to the store’s management and get a copy of their report.
- Document Everything: Photograph the scene and injuries, collect witness details, and note any relevant evidence.
- Maintain Expense Records: Save all bills and receipts related to your injury.
- Seek Legal Advice: Approach an experienced lawyer to understand your rights.