In Georgia and elsewhere in the United States, store owners are required to keep their establishments free of unsafe conditions or hidden hazards that could reasonably cause harm to others. Despite these premises liability laws, thousands of personal injury claims are filed against storeowners every year in the United States.
Shopping injuries can happen in any kind of retail establishment and tend to occur more often around Christmas, Black Friday and other times of heavy shopping. Most accidents result in minor injuries, but serious and even fatal injuries sometimes occur.
Head and body injuries are fairly common and can happen as a result of unstable product displays, reaching for out-of-reach objects and other accidents. Slips and falls also occur frequently, and wet floors, faulty escalators and poor lighting are often to blame. Shopping carts, overcrowded stores and damaged or poorly designed parking lots are also common sources of accidents.
When an individual has suffered damages as a result of a shopping accident, he or she has the right to file a personal injury claim. Although premises liability laws vary from state to state, the procedure is similar throughout the United States. To receive compensation, multiple factors must be established, including whether the storeowner failed to properly upkeep his or her property and if individual actually suffered damages as a result of the accident.
In order to hold a storeowner liable for their property, those harmed while shopping might wish to speak with a personal injury attorney. If sufficient evidence is compiled to suggest the owner's fault, compensation may be awarded to the injured party.