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Smart—and safe—shopping during the holidays

The holiday shopping surge doesn’t end after Christmas or even New Year’s. This is because so many retailers discount  their overstock for days  and even weeks after we put away the decorations and resume our daily lives.

Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes a greater injury risk. While malls and stores are supposed to keep their premises safe for shoppers at all times, too many are negligent in taking reasonable steps to keep you and your loved ones from getting hurt seriously on the premises.

Below are some tips that can help protect you and your family when you’re at your favorite stores, spending your holiday gift cards or taking advantage of amazing deals.

Park in a well-lit area

When you arrive at the mall, make sure you park in an area with plenty of natural or electric light. Not only does this deter the criminals who prey on unwary shoppers, but it also makes it easy for you to see and avoid slippery areas that the salt trucks missed. If any section of the parking lot appears to be especially icy, park elsewhere, even if you have to walk a short distance as a result.

Watch the floors for unmopped spills and dropped items

Mall floors are especially hazardous at this time of year. The shoppers pouring through the doors track in snow and melted ice, spill beverages, and even drop bottles of liquids like shower gels or shampoos. Store managers are supposed to clean up these spills before they can pose a risk to shoppers, but staff are often so busy dealing with customers that they lack the time. If you are not careful, a slip and fall accident may occur.

Similarly, people may accidentally knock items off display when reaching for something, and not pick them up afterward. Watch for dropped objects, so you don’t trip over them and seriously injure yourself.

Do not join a packed crowd

There is not always safety in numbers. In November 2008, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, who was employed at a Long Island Wal-Mart, was killed when a mob of over 2,000 shoppers rushed through the store’s front doors and trampled him. The same incident injured four shoppers, one of them a pregnant woman.

No sale is worth the risk of serious injury, so if the crowd waiting outside a store seems unusually large, visit it another day or visit the store’s website for any online deals.

If you are injured because a shopping mall or store failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety, contain a New York personal injury attorney who will help you hold them accountable and get them the compensation you need to recover. Jayson Lutzky has helped obtain millions of dollars of compensation for his clients over the past 34+ years. Call his office at 718-329-9500 for a free consultation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about your rights.

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