For each family, the holiday season means countless trips to grocery stores and shopping malls to buy Christmas food, decorations for the house and Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
But have you ever thought that any trip to the shopping mall could result in your hospitalization? If you haven’t, you should, our slip and fall attorneys at DHW Law, P.A. warn.
Fact: over one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury every year.
And since you’re more likely to visit a shopping mall during the busiest shopping season – around Christmas and New Year – it’s fair to say that the risk of a slip and fall injury soars at this time of year.
There are a number of factors contributing to the high risk of slip and fall injuries in a shopping mall, our lawyers explain, adding that depending on the circumstances of your slip, fall or trip, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Yep, the owner of the shopping mall can actually be held liable for your injuries and damages during the busiest shopping season in Wesley Chapel. But it’s not that simple…
Why you’re at risk of slip and fall injury in malls during the holidays
Fact: up to 30% of all people who experience a slip and fall accident in a shopping mall will suffer either moderate or severe injury, including but not limited to hip fractures, head injuries, broken legs, arms, hands and other injuries and fractures.
In fact, seniors are more prone to slip and fall injuries in the mall, as adults over 65 account for a third of all slip and falls occurring in Wesley Chapel and all across the U.S. every year.
During the holidays, the risk of a slip and fall accident in a shopping mall peaks like in no other time of year. Our Wesley Chapel slip and fall lawyers explain the phenomenon by naming the following facts:
1 There are more distractions in shopping malls across the country during the holiday season due to eye-catching decorations, large Christmas discounts and other marketing techniques to attract/distract customers
2 Large number of people walking around (overcrowded shopping malls can be quite distracting and large groups of people create more slipping and tripping hazards such as spilled water, fallen merchandise, etc.)
3 The slick surface of shopping mall floors (seriously, 99.9% of all shopping malls in America have those – no wonder why so many people suffer slip and fall injuries in malls!).
Can the shopping mall be held liable for your slip and fall injury?
If you become a victim of a slip and fall injury in a shopping mall, don’t just walk away as if nothing happened (that, of course, if you can walk and haven’t broken or fractured anything in your body).
Instead, our Wesley Chapel slip and fall attorneys advise you to ask yourself the following questions (you may need a lawyer’s help to find answers to some of them):
1 Were you paying attention to the floor (or the obstacle that caused your fall) at the time of the slip and fall accident?
2 Has the condition that caused the accident existed for an unreasonably long period of time?
3 Was the owner of the shopping mall aware of the slipping or tripping hazard and failed to eliminate it?
4 Is there no janitor around – or does the shopping mall not have a cleaning and maintenance schedule in place?
5 Did the owner of the mall do fail to warn visitors about the hazard or condition that caused the slip and fall accident?
6 Was the accident caused by inadequate lighting?
7 If there are any changes in walking surfaces, did the owner fail to make these changes visible to visitors (typically, they must be marked in yellow or another color)?
If you answered yes to any of the above-mentioned questions, you’re most likely entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages, as the owner of the shopping mall can be held liable for failing to provide a safe environment.
If you believe that your slip and fall accident was caused by negligence on the part of the owner of the shopping mall or someone else, hire a slip and fall attorney to investigate your claim, collect evidence of negligence and file a claim to pursue monetary compensation on your behalf.
Call our skilled lawyers at DHW Law, P.A. at 813-962-3176 or complete this contact form to get a free initial consultation.