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The dangers of retail shopping in Pennsylvania

When Pennsylvania residents think about retail shopping, they probably don't think about being in danger. Instead, they think about fun, hunting for deals, or spending too much money. However, when people are in public, they should understand that accidents occur more often than they think.

So called "shopping injuries" are common in a variety of retail settings. One of the most common types of accidents that occur in shops are slip and fall accidents. Slip and falls can be caused by a variety of hazardous situations including areas with poor lighting, wet floors or torn carpeting. Another common type of accident related to slip and falls are head injuries. In a retail setting, head and body injuries can be caused by problems with the environment. These can include out-of-reach items, falling objects or issues with displays.

Parking lot injuries can also be common. These often occur when a parking lot is improperly maintained by the premises' owner. They can also be caused by the property owner's failure to clean up snow and ice in the parking lot in a timely fashion. Shopping carts can also be a source of injury that retailers need to control.

Finally, the crowds themselves can cause injuries. Particularly around the holidays, overcrowding increases the risk of trampling in retail stores.

In these situations, it is frequently up to the property owner to reduce the risk of harm. If retailers do not take the proper precautions to protect customers, they can be held liable for the injuries that occur. In these cases, the responsibly of the store owner includes the duty to inspect for hazards. When people are injured in Pennsylvania because of the negligence of a retailer, they may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help people understand their legal rights.

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