Retail Injuries in Maine
Serving the Portland, Bangor, Augusta, Saco and Biddeford Regions
One area of Maine premises liability law applies to retail establishments and their duty to make sure that shoppers are kept reasonably safe. When a person enters a store or business, they should not have to face unnecessary hazards. Managers and store owners must take measures to keep stores and the property they are located on free of dangers. If they fail in this responsibility and injury is suffered, victims may be entitled to compensation. A retail accident can happen to anyone, but according to the Center for Disease Control, serious injuries in stores are most common among people over the age of 75 and those aged 12 to 17. For more information about your rights in Maine, contact a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of William T. Bly.
Injury in a Store in Maine
There are a number of ways in which a person can be hurt in a retail establishment. This includes every type of store from banks to department stores to restaurants. When shoppers enter these types of establishments, they are entitled to be kept safe. Store owners and employees must be diligent to make sure that the premises are free of things that could potentially be dangerous. Common hazards that stores must be on the lookout for include the following:
- Merchandise or items in walkways
- Standing water or slippery conditions
- Uneven carpet or flooring
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Lack of proper signage warning of hazards
- Ice on sidewalks or in parking lots
- Tripping hazards
In order to protect shoppers from these dangers, employees and management must be constantly vigil for anything that could cause injury. Stores need to show that hazards were removed or fixed as soon as possible and proper warning signs must be placed in areas where floors are wet or slippery. Customers are not expected to be on the lookout for things like falling merchandise or tripping hazards. For example, a person walking through the produce section of a grocery store is not reasonably expected to keep an eye out for areas that may have become slippery due to fallen produce. Employees, however, should be aware that items can easily fall on the floor and become a hazard. For this reason, it is the responsibility of the store to make sure that fallen produce is cleaned up promptly.
When management and property owners do not do everything they can to make sure these hazards are dealt with as soon as they become apparent, they can be considered negligent. When a person is hurt due to another party's negligence, the victim and their families may be able to seek compensation through a legal claim.
The Cost of Retail Injuries
A hazard can result in numerous injuries including:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Broken bones
All of these injuries can result in serious financial strain. Not only are medical bills expensive, victims must endure physical pain and loss of pleasure as a result of a serious injury. Falls are some of the most common retail injuries and can be very serious, especially in older adults. A 2007 study found that the average cost of a slip and fall injury of an elderly victim was $6,606.
In addition to the cost of medical bills, victims can also suffer financially when they are unable to work due to their condition. In some cases this may be temporary, but catastrophic injuries could prevent a victim from working at all or working in their particular field. For example, a broken finger could be a mild inconvenience for some people, but it could have a serious impact on someone such as a surgeon or musician who relies on their hands for their career.
Call a Maine Retail Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident in a retail store or business in Maine, contact an injury attorney right away. Victims may be able to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work and more. If injuries resulted in death, the deceased's family may be entitled to funeral expenses and compensation for wrongful death.
When you hire an injury lawyer from WTB Law, you can rest assured knowing that your case is in good hands. We will handle all of the heavy lifting by requesting your medical records, dealing with the insurance company and walking you through the entire process. For more information about retail injuries in Maine, contact our office.