The busy holiday shopping season is quickly approaching. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, slip and fall accidents in retail stores are more common than any other time of the year. Following is some important information for holiday shoppers who have been involved in a slip and fall.
Under premises liability laws, store owners are required to protect customers from hazards or dangerous conditions. The safety of customers is a responsibility of the store owner and management. When a property owner fails to maintain their property or address a safety hazard, accidents can happen.
Some of the most common reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors/spills
- Poor lighting/visibility
- Ripped or torn carpets and chipped tile
- Escalator malfunctions
Crowded Stores Increase Slip and Fall Risk
During the holiday shopping season, stores are crowded and products leave the shelves quickly. Shortcuts may be taken by workers rushing to meet demand. These shortcuts can too often result in preventable injuries to customers.
For instance, rushed workers may ignore a spill rather than blocking customers from entering the area. Products may be scattered in the aisles during stocking and unsuspecting patrons may trip on these items. Also, advertising materials are increased during holiday shopping. Flashy signs draw attention away from the floors and may result in slip and fall accidents.
Determining Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident
- Did the business owner know or have reasonable expectation of the danger to the public?
- What actual damages resulted from the fall?
- Was the slip caused by something which could and should have been prevented by the store owner or management?
- Would the injury have occurred regardless of the circumstances?
- Was regular maintenance conducted? Regular inspections for dangers?
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Pursue Compensation for Injured Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a slip and fall accident this holiday season, we can help. You deserve fair compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC provide free consultations to discuss the details of your case.
We have extensive experience with premises liability laws and helping people recover damages after a slip and fall accident. Call McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today at 215-569-8488 or contact us online.