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Injured in a store? You may have a premises liability claim

With the holiday season in full swing, retailers are busier than ever. California residents who find themselves out and about, enjoying their holiday shopping, do not expect their trips to end having suffered personal injuries. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere. If you, as a patron of a business, has suffered an injury on a company's property, you may have the right to pursue a premises liability claim in civil court in an effort to seek compensation for your losses.

What kinds of injuries can happen while one is shopping?

There are actually a number of potential injuries that one could suffer while visiting a retailer. Some of the most common of these include the following:

How might these injuries occur?

Injuries suffered at retail locations often result from slip-and-fall accidents. Such incidents are commonly caused by wet floors, torn carpeting, bulging rugs and uneven flooring -- among other things. Of course, it is not uncommon to hear of injuries resulting from:

  • Falling objects
  • Shopping carts
  • Overcrowding

Example of a shopping-related accident

Picture this, a 30-year-old mother of two young children is out at a local toy store looking for gifts for her kids. While walking down an aisle, she slips on a wet spot on the floor and falls and hits the back of her head. There were no warning signs in the area indicating a potential wet spot. She required transportation to a hospital where she received a diagnosis of a mild brain injury. This has resulted in financial damages, physical pain and even some emotional trauma. Who is responsible for this woman's losses?

In the United States, thousands of personal injury claims involving shopping-related injuries are filed every year. Store owners have a responsibility to their patrons to keep their places of business free from potential hazards. If problems do exist, they are to provide sufficient warning until the issues can be resolved. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable for any damages sustained by the victims.

If you were injured on commercial property, it is okay for you to question if the property owner is liable. If you suspect owner negligence contributed to your injury, premises liability and any other applicable legal claims may be filed in a California civil court in an effort for you to seek financial relief for your losses. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in filing and litigating the claims appropriate for your case. If litigation proves successful, any awarded monetary damages could help to ease your pain and suffering.

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