The Customer’s Expectation of Safety in Department Stores
Types of Dangerous Accidents Occurring in Department Stores
Many types of accidents arise in operating a department store. Accidents can occur when a store manager fails to use reasonable care in maintaining the building. A store manager may not take the necessary time to make repairs that must be made for the safe operation of a business.
They may even know of a dangerous condition on the store’s property, yet fail to remedy the problem because of budget constraints. However, tight budgets are never an adequate reason for failing to abide by the established law, and personal injury lawyers are available to help you assert your negligence claims.
By law, department store customers are treated as business invitees. This classification 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 hazard. An owner will also be legally responsible when they fail to exert reasonable care to protect customers from the dangers posed by the conditions on the property.
Some accidents occur when an owner fails to meet a legal duty of care that might involve:
- 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 where 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 store area. These cases tend to be fact-intensive, but courts have found that employers have been legally at fault in cases where a customer may have unwittingly walked into an “Employee’s Only Area” 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 monetarily 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 vital 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 premises liability 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 arraignment and only earn a fee when their is a recovery for you.
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