The Customer’s Expectation of Safety in Department Stores
Types of Dangerous Accidents Occurring in Department Stores
There are many types of accidents that can arise in the daily course of operating a department store. These accidents result when a store manager fails to use reasonable care in maintaining a store’s premises. A store manager may not take the necessary time to make repairs that must be made for safe operation of a store.
He or she may even know of a dangerous condition on the store’s property, yet fail to remedy the condition due to budget constraints. Budget constraints are never a proper reason for failing to abide by the established law, and personal injury lawyers are available to help you assert your negligence claims.
Customers in department stores are treated as business invitees under the law. This means that the owner of the property will be liable for injuries that customers suffer if he or she knew of the dangerous conditions and failed to warn customers of this condition. An owner will also be liable when he or she fails to exert reasonable care to protect customers from the dangers posed by the conditions on the property.
Some of the types of accidents that occur when an owner fails to meet his or her legal duty of care are the following:
- Slip and fall accidents due to wet floors in the store
- Slip and fall accidents due to ice or snow on the store’s sidewalk
- Falling object accidents in which an object falls from a shelf and hits a customer
- Pulley accidents in which an employee knocks over or runs over a customer
- Accidents in unauthorized areas of the store
An employer may still be liable if a customer suffers from injuries after entering an unauthorized area of the store. These types of cases tend to be fact-intensive, but courts still have found that employers have been liable in cases where a customer may have unwittingly walked into an “employee’s area only” part of the store. For example, a customer may have needed to walk into an unauthorized area to use a restroom or other type of necessary facility. If he or she suffers injury in this type of trip, then the owner of the store may be liable.
Examples of Injuries Sustained By Customers in Retail Store Accidents
There are many types of injuries that customers can suffer when they are involved in department store accidents. It is important for customers to obtain proper medical documentation of their injuries as soon as possible after the accident. Having proof of the following types of injuries will help a customer to maximize the compensation that he or she can receive:
- Wrist injuries
- Arm and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head concussions
- Hip, knee, leg and ankle injuries
- Fracture and sprain injuries
If you have suffered a serious injury after visiting a department store, then you should get in touch with a Chicago department store accident attorney as soon as possible. The Chicago department store accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can begin researching your case to see who the responsible parties may be and determine the most effective avenue for recovery of damages. As with all of our premises liability accident cases, we handle these cases on a contingency fee and only earn a fee when their is a recovery for you.
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