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Did unsafe premises conditions lead to a shopping injury?

Though the holiday season has come and gone and the new year is well underway, you may consider yourself someone who enjoys shopping during any time of the year. The holiday season may be your prime time because of sales and having many people to shop for, but popping out for some retail therapy may be your idea of a good time at any time.

While you may make these trips as a way to destress or just to take an hour or two for some time away from the house, your enjoyable outing could turn harrowing if you suffer injuries. Certainly, a car accident on the way to your desired destination could easily turn your day upside down, but even if you make it to your chosen store, you could still face dangers.

Common shopping injuries

Because you have gone out shopping many times and made it home again unscathed, you may not have considered the dangers of shopping. Unfortunately, some storeowners and operators may not take the time to keep their premises as safe as they should. While out, you could face the risk of suffering any type of the following common shopping injuries:

  • Injuries from overcrowding: You may have witnessed your fair share of packed stores during your holiday shopping, but overcrowding could be an issue any time of year, especially if a popular store has a major sale. However, overcrowding could result in others knocking you to the ground and possibly trampling you.
  • Injuries from slipping and falling: Slip-and-fall accidents are not uncommon in stores, especially if employees did not properly attend to a wet floor or failed to straighten an upturned floor mat. You could also fall due to torn carpet or poor lighting conditions, among other hazards.
  • Injuries from falling objects: If your desired item is just out of reach, it or another high-shelf item could potentially fall and strike you on the head, shoulders or another part of your body. Similarly, if the store has a precarious product display, an object could fall and hit you, easily causing injuries.

These examples are only a few of the ways that you could end up suffering injuries while out shopping. You certainly do not want any of these or other dangerous scenarios to involve you, but it could happen.

Addressing injuries

If you do suffer injuries on the premises of a retail store and the owners or operators' negligence contributed to your accident, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim. A successful legal claim could allow you to obtain much-needed compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages permitted under Connecticut state law.

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