Retail Stores often put profits before customer safety!

Retail Store Negligence

Injuries in retail stores and businesses are increasingly common. Though some accidents may not be caused by the retail store or business, the great majority of times accidents do not just happen—there is almost always negligence a cause. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 90% of customer accidents result from some form of negligence. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.

Common causes of injuries in retail stores and businesses are

Substances on floors and aisles where customers walk

Defects in stairs, elevators, and escalators

Merchandise falling from shelves

Revolving and slamming door malfunctions

Insufficient lighting

Statistics show that you, a family member, or a friend will be a victim of retail store negligence. Many victims are elderly or minors who require all reasonable steps be taken to ensure safety. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in a 5-year period Americans suffered 24 million disabling injuries. Too often retail stores are concerned more with profits than with their customers’ safety and as a result they place the public in great harm.

Obtaining compensation for you fall related injury can be complicated under Florida law. Ironically, the laws in place protect business’ profits rather than victims of negligence who will suffer indefinitely. For this reason, it becomes critical to seek advice immediately after sustaining an injury to ensure the customer’s rights as opposed to the business’ profits, are protected. It is common for businesses to discard helpful evidence such as video depicting the fall soon after a victim suffers and injury in order to take advantage of Florida law that protects the business from liability. An experienced attorney can minimize or eliminate that possibility and ensure the victim is the one protected.

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