Some people have all of their holiday shopping completed by Halloween. The rest of us are likely to be part of the throng of shoppers competing for last-minute deals in the days leading up to Christmas.
If you are part of the latter group, be especially careful when you venture out. Chicagoans may suffer some of the adverse weather conditions currently affecting the Mid-Atlantic states and predicted to move up and east through New England. That can make getting from store to store difficult. But there are other factors at play, too.
Beware of shopping injuries
“Shopping injury” is a loose term that covers all types of injuries shoppers could suffer from after an unfortunate incident occurs. They include:
- Broken limbs
- Head and neck trauma
- Spinal injuries
These injuries can result from slip-and-fall accidents on wet floors or torn carpeting that catches the foot, from objects stacked too high that fall down onto customers and in other ways related to poor store design or maintenance.
What can you do after an injury occurs while shopping?
The most important thing to do is seek medical treatment so that your injury doesn’t worsen from lack of care. It is also important to report your injury to the store manager or property owner. This is vital if you plan to file a claim for damages later.
Failing to tie your injuries to the incident at the store or on the premises of the property owner can lead to doubts later that the injury was actually the fault of the business or property owner. This can delay your financial recovery or make it much harder to collect. A personal injury attorney can be helpful when seeking damages from a claim.