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Shopping comes with potential hazards and injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Premises Liability |

As you head out to the store to stock up on the necessities, you likely do not think about the possibility of getting injured.

While any business must minimize potential risks, unexpected incidents still happen.

Potential hazards

During a shopping excursion, you face a range of potential hazards that may easily go unnoticed. From wet floors to loose mats and falling objects, awareness remains key for a safe trip. In an ideal world, you would not have to worry about anything. Unfortunately, store employees may not always follow safety precautions. Along with staying aware while inside the store, you also need to focus on the parking lot situation. Potholes and cracks create tripping hazards that easily go unnoticed. If your cart hits one of those, it may lead to an injury. Inadequate also creates a situation that increases potential risks.

Common injuries

Slips and falls top the list of common injuries whether shopping, at work or at home. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than 8 million people visit emergency rooms because of a fall annually. If you slip on a wet floor, that fall may lead to a host of injuries. Along with potentially broken bones and back or neck fractures, hitting your head may result in a traumatic brain injury. Even if you initially do not think you have a severe injury, some injuries take time to rear their ugly heads. While many of these injuries heal, some have long-lasting effects.

Whether you like shopping or not, you should not have to worry about it becoming a negative experience. If you sustain an injury, you have options as a victim.