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Holiday Shopping? Careful not to Slip or Fall while Shopping

Slip and fall injuries go up during the Holidays.  Lack of floor safety while shopping this holiday season can result in a health nightmare over the best part of the year instead of a wonderful holiday.  Stores have more merchandise, bigger crowds and items placed in dangerous areas this time of year. Why is floor safety so important?  What do we mean by floor safety?  As personal injury attorneys our Eastern NC offices  have represented hundreds of people seriously injured while shopping by carelessness, inattention and lack of forethought by retail stores.  North Carolina is one of a few states left in the country clinging to outdated law that makes recovering for serious and life altering injuries from retail fall cases very difficult. A spill by a customer that remains for hours; a grocery store that poorly packages items such as chicken in the deli which leaks blood and remains all over the store; failure to have a leaking cooler fixed; mopping without warning signs; placing merchandise on the floor in front of the selves without a warning; leaking drinks or chemicals on the selves that are not discovered for hours and sometimes days and old tile floors that are typically gray or light gray to not show dirt well past their need to be replaced have resulted in serious and life changing injuries to hundreds of our clients. We typically hear from the store it was our clients own fault for not paying enough attention while shopping in their store.  Advertisers and store owners take classes, hire experts and go to seminars each year in how to best get our attention to their merchandise displays.  They place items at eye height, flashy displays, banners, sale stickers (who looks away from a 1/2 off sticker) and place these items such that as we walk down the isle from our intended purchase we are drawn to their other items.  If our eyes are by design and millions of dollars in research by retail experts drawn away from the floor and focused on the for sale items; the floor becomes of lower concern. An unexpected fall brought on by either tripping over something left in the floor of a store or by having one foot slip out from underneath you can result in serious back injuries, head injuries, broken bones or other injuries that have long term and serious consequences for the injured.  Our office has represented more clients than I can recall who have permanent injuries from a fall while shopping for clothes, groceries and personal items. Serious injuries from Falls require a trial lawyer. This holiday season while you are out shopping for your family and loved ones remember to be safe, watch your step in stores and enjoy your holidays.  If you do have the unexpected fall, call or contact our office, we will be glad to discuss your case.

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