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Shopping might be hazardous to your health

Going shopping shouldn't lead to serious injuries or death. You should be able to go into the store to get what you need and then head back home without worrying about anything. Unfortunately, not all shopping venues take shopper safety seriously. There are several injuries you might face when you go shopping.

From the moment you step out of your car, you are facing possible injuries. The parking lot might contain uneven pavement or loose gravel that can lead to slip-and-fall injuries. You might also face danger from the cars that are driving in the parking lot if there isn't anything to prevent them from driving too fast.

When you get into the store, you face other possible hazards. One of these is a wet floor. Keeping the entryway dry can be difficult for store employees. Using rugs and blowers might help. At a minimum, they should put up wet floor signs to warn you that slipping is possible.

The shelves in the store pose another problem. Stores that stack things up as high as possible on top shelves put customers at risk of having things fall. Items that fall can land on someone's head.

When you are injured while you shop, you might need to seek medical care. This can put a damper on your finances. You might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help defray some of the expenses of the accident. You can include claims for medical bills, time off of work and similar damages as long as they are related to the injury you suffered.

Source: FindLaw, "Shopping Injuries Overview," accessed April 07, 2017

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