Shopping could be hazardous to your physical well-being

First of all, you should know that most shopping excursions only result in painful injuries to your wallet, leaving your body pretty much intact. With that said, shopping occasionally exposes Ontario residents to certain hazards that could cause bodily harm. Before you break out a suit of armor to protect yourself while buying milk, you should probably learn more about these hazards. This way, you can practice due caution without going overboard.

Even though becoming hurt during a shopping trip is probably not the number one cause of personal injury claims, it happens more often than you may think. In some cases, patrons may even suffer broken bones, or worse, serious head injuries. By now you are probably wondering how such injuries could happen. Listed below is a short breakdown of a few types of shopping injuries and their possible causes.

-- Head injuries: Falling objects, reaching for items on high shelves and unstable displays are just a few ways consumers could receive head injuries in a retail establishment.

-- Slip and fall injuries: Anything from torn carpets and wet floors inside to accumulated ice or snow outside can cause a shopper to fall and become injured.

-- Injuries from overcrowding: During sales and holiday shopping, consumers may be at an increased risk of being trampled under foot.

-- Injuries from store equipment: Unstable shopping carts, poorly maintained forklifts and other faulty store equipment could cause consumers injury.

All of the examples above could be prevented if the store owner or operator keeps the premises safe from hazards. As such, victims of these types of shopping accidents may have grounds to seek a personal injury claim. When your favorite retail establishment causes harm to more than your bank account, you should probably think about talking with a lawyer.

Source: FindLaw, "Shopping Injuries Overview," accessed May 02, 2016

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