With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the holiday season is in full swing. This means that many more people are at malls and local stores than usual. With an influx of shoppers, it’s possible that your safety is at risk. When you’re shopping, make sure to take appropriate steps to avoid an injury. If you endure an injury, you may have a premises liability case on your hands. Consider the following ways to stay safe:
Report Broken Stairs or Cracked Walkways
Storeowners have a duty to keep their interior and exterior safe. With the hectic holiday season, they may neglect the exterior of their building. If you spot broken stairs or uneven walkways, make sure to avoid them at all costs. Report the issue to the manager so he can fix it before someone gets hurt.
Use Additional Light When Necessary
Stores are often open later during the holiday season with hopes that more customers will visit the shop. Because of this, it’s common for shops to close when it’s dark outside. When you’re walking to your vehicle or leaving the store, make sure to use additional light (such as your phone’s flashlight) to see where you are walking. Many trip-and-fall accidents occur because of lack of light.
Ask for a Security Officer’s Help
Frustratingly, the holiday season is the most common time of year for people to be mugged. Thieves are watching people shop and can often follow them without their notice. If you feel like you are being followed or if it’s dark outside, ask for a security officer to help you. It’s their duty to keep both the customers and the premises safe.
We hope that you don’t have to deal with any premises liability issues this holiday season! But, please know that if you are injured on someone else’s property, the Adams Law Firm team is here to help. Contact us with your questions.