Slip and Fall Injuries While Shopping

Slip and fall injuries while shopping are very common. If you have been injured in a shopping slip and fall, speak to a personal injury lawyer like Brian Hoag.

Types of  Slip and Fall Injuries While Shopping

Shopping slip and fall injuries occur in a store, shopping mall, or other retail center. Some injuries can be very serious. These include sprains, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head and neck trauma, and even death. Shopping slip and fall injuries are often caused by:

  • Retail displays
  • Poor lighting
  • Escalator/elevator mishaps
  • Falling objects
  • Parking lot injuries
  • Shopping cart injuries
  • Overcrowded conditions (Black Friday)
  • Wet floors or torn carpeting

 Slip and Fall Injuries While Shopping

A store owner/manager has a responsibility to maintain and clean up the premises from potentially harmful conditions. The court will have the opinion that slips happen, items fall, and drainage grates are necessary. You must show that the owner knew/should have known about dangerous conditions. You must also show that an unreasonable hazard existed.

Once you file a claim, you will be interviewed by an insurance adjuster. They will question you about your actions and how they led to the incident. They are determining how much responsibility you have for the accident. You should discuss the following questions with a personal injury lawyer.

  • Were obsolete items made safe?
  • Were there warning signs or a barrier or could a reasonable person see/anticipate the situation?
  • Was there a safer place/manner or legitimate reason for the hazard’s location?
  • Did you have permission to be where you were (such as an off-limits staff area)?
  • Do business operations of maintenance, etc. deviate from accepted industry norms?
  • Did the store owner/manager know about the hazard but ignored or delayed the clean up?
  • Does the store owner/manager inspect the premise inspected regularly?
  • Did the owner or an employee cause/know about the dangerous condition?
  • Has the condition existed long enough that the owner should have known about it?
  • Does the property owner have a regular procedure to examine and clean or repair the premises?
  • Did poor or broken lighting contribute to the accident?
  • Would a careful person notice and avoid the dangerous spot?
  • Were you paying attention to your surroundings or were you running, jumping, or engaging in horseplay?
  • Are your injuries consistent with the dangerous condition?
  • Did you suffer actual damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc)?

About Brian Hoag

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