Seeking Damages in Retail Store Accidents When a person is injured at a retail store, he or she may feel humiliated or embarrassed by what happened. However, retail store accidents actually can be common. The large number of people in the facilities and the significant amount of merchandise make some places prone to accidents.

Property owners have some degree of responsibility to keep their property safe for customers and other people they expect to be on their grounds. If they fail to do so under this premises liability law, an injured person could seek damages.

Accidents can occur at a variety of types of businesses, ranging from national and international retail chains to small locally owned stores. All of these shops, restaurants or stores could be held liable for damages if any sort of injury occurs on the premises.

When people think of retail injuries, they often imagine accidents in grocery stores. Although that is a common place in which retail accidents occur, a person also could be injured at a pharmacy, a bank, a warehouse store, shopping malls, restaurants, discount stores or big box retailers.

Some of the most common injuries to occur at a retail store include:

• Broken bones
• Concussions
• Burns
• Cuts
• Neck and spine injuries
• Scrapes and bruises

Various hazards could lead to these accidents. Most often people think of slip and fall accidents, which typically are caused by spilled liquids, recently mopped floors, cracks in the floor or even torn carpet or faulty tile. Falling merchandise, loose handrails and faulty wiring also could cause accidents.

Retail stores also can be held responsible for things that happen outside of the building, but still on the store’s property. For example, if a person is injured on a broken or unmaintained sidewalk ramp outside of the building leading to the entrance, the store could be liable. The same applies to potential crime in the parking lot or other areas. It is important to know that stores cannot prevent all forms of accidents and injuries from happening, and they are not expected to do so. However, there is an expectation that stores attempt to ensure inspections take place for possible hazards and that if they are discovered they are handled properly.

For example, if gallons of milk spill at a grocery store and employees fail to place “wet floor” signs or clean the milk, a person who slips and falls could hold the store liable. However, if the incident occurs and a person falls immediately after, the store may not be responsible.

If a store is liable, they will be required to pay damages to the victim or victims of the accident. Damages could include hospital bills, doctor bills, lost wages and additional compensation for the pain and suffering caused from the accident. A skilled premises liability attorney can help injured parties get the compensation they deserve.

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