When you head to the grocery store or out for a morning of shopping, you are probably not thinking about how dangerous retail stores can be. You may feel perfectly safe, but in reality, there are many hazards that can leave unsuspecting shoppers with painful, serious injuries. If you are the victim of an accident that took place in an Ohio store, it may not be your fault.
You may think your accident was the result of your own carelessness or clumsiness, but you could be the victim of certain factors that are beyond your control. Instead of making assumptions about fault and your options, you may want to find out if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. You could be eligible for financial compensation.
The hidden dangers of shopping
Most people who step inside stores have no idea that they could be at risk. Many hazards in retail stores are unnoticeable until it is too late. Store owners and managers are responsible for protecting the safety of all visitors by removing hazards and ensuring there are no dangers that could lead to an accident. Some of the most common types of injuries and accidents that take place in stores include the following:
- Injuries to the head – Clumsily stocked shelves, precarious product displays or low-hanging signs are a few of the ways that shoppers may suffer from head injuries and damage from falling objects.
- Slip-and-fall accident – When there are unmarked wet floors, items in the path of shoppers or displays that can trip a shopper, serious falls can occur.
- Shopping cart incidents – Shopping carts can tip over, which may lead to injuries, bruising and falls.
- Parking lot incidents – Dangerous conditions, such as broken pavement or poor lighting, can lead to accidents in a store's parking lot or on the sidewalk.
- Accidents from overcrowding – When a store allows too many people in at once, it is an extreme hazard. This increases the chance for various types of accidents.
The store or another party may be liable for the pain and suffering you are experiencing as a result of your shopping injuries. It may be helpful to seek an evaluation of your case to determine if moving forward with a civil claim is an appropriate step for you. It is prudent to act quickly, as these types of premises liability cases can be time-sensitive, and evidence can erode over time.