Shopping is an extremely popular hobby for many people. Whether their interests are in new shoes, shiny electronics, home improvement, or books, thousands of Americans go shopping every single day. However, while shopping may seem like a safe, harmless pastime, there is always the chance that you could suffer an injury in a store while shopping. This is particularly true on high-volume shopping days when many people are looking for great bargains, such as on Black Friday or near Christmas time.
Like many other types of premises liability issues, you could always slip and strike your head when you are out and about shopping. This is especially relevant for grocery stores or places that sell ice or products that must be watered, as pools can collect on the floor and cause you to lose your footing. But there is more to worry about in a store than just slipping and falling. Shopping centers can often bring many of their own issues to be concerned about.
Shopping carts are not a strange concept to most shoppers, but not all shopping carts are equal. Some shopping carts have seen a bit too much use, and their wheels sometimes get stuck, or the wheels are too loose. Such an issue with the wheels of a shopping cart could cause you to trip or lose balance. Alternatively, someone else with a defective cart may accidentally run into you because the cart is defective.
These are just some of the shopping-related injuries that an individual could suffer. The important thing to remember is that the same rules apply to shopping centers and malls like any other piece of property. If you can prove that you were injured because of a dangerous property condition that the store owner knew about or should have known about, you could be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured in a shopping center in Massachusetts, consider meeting with an attorney to learn more about your rights.