Like many people, you spend a lot of time at local stores. From the mall to grocery stores, you’re always in and out of these establishments.

Although you may feel safe as you’re making your way through the store, here’s something to remember: Trouble could come about at any point in time.

Here are some of the many shopping-related accidents that you should be aware of:

  • Slip and fall. This is exactly what it sounds like: You slip and fall, such as the result of debris on the floor or the excessive use of wax.
  • Shopping cart accident. Both children and adults can be injured by shopping carts, such as if one of these tips over.
  • Overcrowding. This is a particularly big problem during the busy holiday season. If too many people crowd into a small space, there’s a chance that trampling and other overcrowding injuries could occur.
  • Parking lot injuries. Parking lots are every bit as dangerous as they appear at times. A failure to repair a crack or pothole, for instance, could cause an accident.

Even though you should feel safe when you’re shopping, it doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. You must remember that an accident could happen at any time.

If you’re part of an accident while shopping, stop what you are doing to assess the situation. Unless you are completely positive that you can walk away unscathed, it’s best to stay where you are and call for help. After you better understand your injuries, it’s time to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, “Shopping Injuries Overview,” accessed Sep. 19, 2017