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Common causes of accidents at retail stores

Although residents of Charleston, West Virginia, probably do not want to think about it, there are a lot of ways they can get hurt whenever stepping into a retail store or mall, even for just a few minutes to return something or to pick up a quick item. For instance, if a store's floor is wet, uneven or poorly kept, then it is quite easy for a guest to trip or lose footing and fall. Even a badly working escalator or a corridor which does not have adequate lighting can cause slip-and-fall accidents. Likewise, slips and falls can happen in a parking lot, if the lot or surrounding sidewalks are not re-paved frequently or, after winter weather, are not cleared of the ice and snow.

Objects in a store are also prone to falling. Retailers often stack items high above the heads of their customers. If they do not take care when doing so, a heavy piece of merchandise or even a display may suddenly fall on an unsuspecting customer, seriously injuring their heads or necks.

It may be less common, but customers can also get injured by shopping carts. For instance, if the carts are not loaded exactly right, then they are prone to tipping, which can injure both a child riding in the front of the cart and those around the cart. Another less common injury, which may happen particularly during the busy holiday season, is an injury caused by a crowd which may press against or even trample a victim.

The bottom line is that these injuries are preventable with a little attentiveness to detail and vigilance, and the owner of the retail store has a responsibility to do its part to make sure that these sorts of injuries do not occur. When store owners do not live up to this responsibility, customers can wind up with serious injuries for which they may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

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