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Stores must be safe for shoppers

Premises liability comes in a host of forms. One of the types that people might think about has to do with going to the store. When you go shopping, you probably assume that the store will be safe for people who are doing business there. While most of the time, all is well, sometimes things go wrong.

Accidents that occur at a store can lead to several different types of injuries. Some, such as those to the brain and spinal cord, are very serious. Here are some important things to know about shopping accidents:

The parking lot is included

Accidents occur in the parking lot. This can be due to an uneven surface, inadequate lighting or improper signage. Slippery conditions due to rain or frost can also cause issues. Even loose gravel might lead to a person slipping and falling. The property owner has a duty to keep the parking lot safe for people who will be shopping.

Inside of the store

One of the biggest issues that might occur inside of the store is a wet floor. Stores need to ensure that the entrance is clean and dry. This can be difficult when it rains or when there is snow or ice but having blowers and mats helps. At a minimum, any wet spots in the store should be clearly marked with a wet floor sign.

Another issue is falling merchandise. Store employees must ensure that anything on shelves is properly placed. Putting things that are too heavy or unstable on upper shelves could lead to the items falling on top of customers. The shelving unit might also fall.

Lax security problems

Stores must plan for events that are going to bring out a lot of customers. Black Friday is one example. Patrons can be trampled or shoved to the point that injuries occur. These are even be fatal in some cases! Having a plan for large crowds and making sure that security is available to handle incidents can reduce these dangers.

There are many factors that come into the picture when you are dealing with an injury that occurred while shopping. You might decide to seek compensation for the damages you have to deal with due to the injuries. This is handled in the civil court system, but you must act quickly. You only have three years to file your claim from the date of the injury.

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