Holiday Department Store Injuries
The holidays are a magical time of year filled with family, love and joy. Unfortunately, the rush to buy gifts for loved ones results in crowded department stores and chaotic parking lots, creating a ripe recipe for not so holly-jolly injuries. If you have been injured in an incident occurring at a department store, or outside in its parking lot, contact the Cambridge expert personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP today to get started on a claim.
Any place where there is a massive amount of people, the possibility of injuries increases. When dealing with department stores, which also incorporate large warehouses of heavy supplies stacked up high in the air, the potential for injuries to workers in addition to patrons of the store also becomes apparent.
Common types of injuries occurring at department stores may include:
Slip and fall injuries
Especially around the holidays, wet floors can quickly become a serious hazard to your health, especially for senior citizens. Snowy or wet conditions may leave a tile floor especially slippery, so diligence on store employees to mop up excessive wetness or at least place signs warning of slippery surfaces is essential. Failure to do so could result in the store being liable for slip and fall injuries.
Parking lot injuries
Get a bunch of people in cars and cram them into a confined space – where parking spots are treated like precious commodities – and the recipe for injuries before you even step foot into the store is clear. You may wish to file a claim against a motorist who backs out of a spot without looking, or a motorist who strikes you while walking in a crosswalk, or someone who illegally crosses through rows of parking spaces and injures you.
Injuries while on the job
Department store workers face many difficulties over the holidays. Increased store traffic means increased pressure to keep shelves stocked and this increased pace can easily lead to injuries. Forklift accidents, warehouse incidents leading to crushing injuries or injuries from falling debris are all possible, and in many cases can result in a personal injury claim or workers’ compensation payout.
Injuries from other shoppers
The video images of people fighting over reduced-price televisions are, unfortunately, not staged. People really can get out of control when they feel a bargain is slipping through their fingers, and this can result in other innocent shoppers getting injured in their wake. People have been trampled in stores, run over by shopping carts or physically attacked simply because they grabbed the last coveted item that was on someone else’s wish list. We hold these inexcusable perpetrators accountable, especially when their actions result in costly medical bills.No One Wants a Hospital Bill for a Gift
Injuries around the holidays can be even more stressful and upsetting than injuries occurring throughout any other time of the year. The pressure is on to provide food and gifts for friends and family, and an injury can turn a difficult time of year into a total nightmare. Medical expenses and time missed from work can quickly drain finances and savings that might otherwise have gone to spreading holiday cheer.
At Altman & Altman LLP, we have over 50 years of experience ensuring that those who were injured due to the negligence or carelessness of others still get to enjoy the holidays. We can pursue a settlement from liable parties or ensure that you are able to receive workers’ compensation payments if injured while at work to ensure you can pay your bills and not stress about the extra financial burdens that come with this time of year. If necessary, we will take your case to court and advocate for you.
If you or a loved one was injured in a department store and you believe someone should be held responsible, contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.