Holiday shopping can be a hazardous endeavor. With rain in the Southern California forecast, your gift shopping may get even more dangerous. Precipitation can increase the chances of suffering a slip and fall accident while you shop. These types of accidents can be serious. In fact, they account for over one million visits to hospital emergency rooms each year.
You must be aware that every business has a responsibility to keep its premises safe. When businesses disregard this duty and you get hurt because of it, you may be able to seek compensation for medical costs and lost income from missing work. Here are some important facts you should know about holiday slip and fall injuries.
1. Parking lots
A serious incident may occur before or after you leave the store. Parking lots are notorious for being exceptionally slippery during and after rainfall. If the retailer fails to provide adequate warning or safety measures to prevent you from falling, you may be able to sue because of negligence.
2. Rain tracked in
As hundreds and thousands of people finish their holiday shopping, they can bring moisture into stores with their shoes. Retailers should have mats set up to prevent a hazard from developing. If slippery conditions occur, there should at least be wet floor warning signs to let you know about an unsafe condition.
3. Leaks and spills
Rain can cause roofs to start leaking. If the store owner or landlord does not properly take care of this issue, it may cause you to slip while shopping in the retail establishment. Plus, not all holiday slips in stores occur because of rain. With tons of shoppers and workers crowding a store, it can be easy for liquids to spill. No matter what causes the mess, the store should clean it up and provide warning signs as soon as possible.
Your holiday shopping should not end with a visit to the emergency room. If it does, speak to a lawyer as soon as possible regarding your legal options.