When you leave for your day of shopping at the mall or picking up groceries for the week, the last thing most people worry about is being injured while shopping but thousands of personal injury claims a year are from shopping-related injuries. Have you suffered from some of the most common shopping-related injuries? Find out how you can receive compensation for your injuries in this blog by our Greenville MS injury attorney.
Common Shopping Injuries
Shopping injuries refer to any injury that occurs while in a retail environment. As fall rolls in and we ebb closer to Black Friday, shoppers may want to be aware of the dangers they could face before they head out to their local big box super store.
- Slips & Falls: common slip and fall injuries can occur from poor lighting, wet floors, and torn carpets. If you slipped on something that should have reasonably been fixed or cleaned up, you might be entitled to compensation.
- Parking Lot Injuries: these injuries can occur as a result of poorly lit lots, poorly maintained asphalt and failure to clear ice and snow from the lot.
- Trampling Injuries: trampling injuries commonly occur during Black Friday sales or other product launches. These can include broken bones, bruising, and sprains.
- Head & Neck Injuries: When retail displays are not properly secured or when shelves are overstocked, falling objects can cause serious injuries to shoppers.
To have a personal injury case, you must prove the store’s negligence caused your injury. Premises liability laws require property owners and store manager to exercise a reasonable duty of care and keep their property reasonably safe. To prove a store was legally responsible for your injuries you must prove one of more of the following:
- Store owner knew about the unsafe condition of the property
- The store was not regularly inspected for safety hazards
- The property was not adequately maintained
- The individual would not have been harmed had the dangerous situation been addressed
- There is a direct relation between the injury and the condition of the store at the time of the incident
Next Steps After a Shopping Injury
If you were injured in a retail store, your next step should be to contact a Greenville MS injury attorney. Suffering an injury because an individual failed to practice reasonable retail safety standards can traumatic. Let the attorneys at Harris Law Firm, PLLC guide you through the process and help you win the compensation you need to move forward.