Premises Liability & Holiday Shopping Risks

Many people enjoy visiting the mall or stores, finding shopping to be a soothing activity. Others, of course, will go into stores only when they absolutely have to buy something. Regardless of whether you are a frequent shopper or someone who gets dragged into the mall kicking and screaming, it is important to keep some basic shopping safety tips in mind.

Hazards exist in shopping malls and retail establishments that can affect everyone. Children and adults alike are both at risk of injury, especially in certain areas like escalators or if store owners and shop keepers fail to keep their establishments up properly. 604006_shoppingcenter.jpg

Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers see accident victims regularly who got hurt on a day out during a shopping trip that was supposed to be fun. As the prime shopping season approaches, we want to offer some shopping safety tips to help you avoid injury and stay safe while out doing your shopping.

Dangers and Pitfalls That Can Lead to Shopping Accidents
Shopping accidents can happen anywhere and in any store, from a grocery store to a big box store to the finest department store. However, there are certain situations where shopping accidents are more likely to occur. These include:

  • When riding on an escalator.
  • When riding in an elevator.
  • When trying to access items on high shelves.
  • When aisles are narrower.
  • When merchandise is stored in an unsafe way.
  • When floors are wet and cleaning is taking place.

Any of these situations creates a potential danger. Slipping and falling, having a shoe lace caught in an escalator or having boxes or crates fall on you are all possible scenarios that could occur during your shopping expedition.

Staying Safe and Avoiding Shopping Accidents
To help avoid shopping accidents, it is a wise idea to make sure that you are aware of the dangers. If you see precariously stacked boxes or a potential wet floor, for example, steer clear. You should also ensure your shoes and your children’s shoes are securely tied before getting onto an escalator.

Ultimately, however, it is incumbent upon store owners to take the necessary steps to keep patrons safe and to help prevent accidents. Store owners and shopkeepers owe a very high duty of care to guests at their establishments and they are obligated to inspect the premises regularly to identify any potential risks. If and when a shopkeeper or store owner identifies a potential source of danger, they need to either correct the problem or warn their patrons.

If a store owner or shopkeeper fails to keep patrons safe by ignoring or even creating a dangerous hazard, the owner/operator of the store can be held liable for damages. The Asheville personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices can help you to take action.

Contact the Asheville personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or someone close to you has been injured in a shopping accident. We offer free consultations to injured consumers in the Carolinas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an injury lawyer today.

Additional Resources
Dangerous and Defective Products a Holiday Danger in the Carolinas, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, Nov. 15, 2012.

Defective Products in Asheville and Elsewhere Making Headlines!, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 26, 2012

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