Despite laws that require storeowners to provide safe environments for customers, shopping accidents still happen. They are particularly common during busy holiday seasons, but injuries can occur at any time – especially when property owners and supervisors are negligent.
Shopping accidents can take many forms. Common examples include:
- Slips and falls;
- Head injuries;
- Assaults and robberies;
- And vehicle accidents.
If a store owner fails to fix a hazard in a reasonable amount of time, or does not warn customers about a potential risk, then victims may have grounds for injury claims against the store owner. However, recovering compensation from a premises liability claim is a legally complex process. The at-fault party may deny liability or remove evidence. In some cases, insurance companies offer settlements that do not cover the victims’ ongoing medical expenses.
If you were injured while shopping in Alabama, contact a personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. We can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations.
Here is a brief overview of four common shopping accidents:
- Slips and Falls
Slip and fall injuries are common in supermarkets and shopping centers. They are likely to occur after rain- or snowstorms if property owners fail to maintain their parking lots and entrances adequately.
Sometimes customers walk rain or mud into the store aisles, or a spill makes tiles slippery. If the management does not clean these hazards in a reasonable amount of time, then slip and fall accidents are likely.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, millions of people visit the emergency room for falls each year. More than 10 percent of these visits – at least 1 million – involve slips and falls.
- Head Injuries
If storeowners stack heavy objects on high shelves, customers can suffer head injuries. These can range from mild concussions to permanent cognitive impairment.
Children are also at risk of head injuries in supermarkets. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, falls from shopping carts put thousands of children in the emergency room each year. These are particularly common when shopping carts are faulty, or when children stand up in the seat or basket.
- Assaults and Robberies
Unfortunately, assaults and violent acts are common in supermarkets – especially during popular sales such as Black Friday. Criminals use the chaos as an opportunity to rob and assault unsuspecting shoppers.
- Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents outside supermarkets are common and can result in serious property damage and injuries. These can happen if a parking lot has an unsafe design.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. If the incident happened in Alabama, contact a Mobile accident attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC.
We can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses and fight for the maximum compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.