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Shopping injuries and store liability

| Jan 24, 2018 | Firm News, Personal Injury Claims |

When you go shopping in Connecticut, you usually do not expect to incur an injury. You might easily encounter hazards at a store, though. We at Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico, August and Butler, P.C., understand it is important for you to know what these hazards are.

Many situations at a store can cause you to be harmed. FindLaw says that ice or snow in a parking lot and torn carpets or wet floors can cause you to fall. Additionally, products on high shelves may fall and retail displays can be knocked over. You might also get hurt if a shopping cart overturns or a store is too crowded. Some injuries you incur at a store may not be serious wounds. In some situations, though, you might incur a sprain or a fracture. If something falls on your head or if you hit your head as you fall, you may experience a head or neck injury.

You typically need to demonstrate that a store’s negligence caused your injury and that you would not have been harmed if the store had eliminated the hazard. If you slipped on a puddle of water or a spilled product, for example, the store may have been negligent if an employee did not set up a wet floor sign or if the spill was not cleaned up.

While you may think that a store is always responsible for injuries incurred on the premises, this may not always be the case. Store managers usually expect patrons to be aware of their surroundings and take the necessary safety precautions. If you were not being safe when your injury incurred, you may be seen as partially liable for your wound. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.