The holiday shopping season is upon us. With more than 90% of Americans
celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, many Americans will take
to shopping malls and retail stores. Statistical estimates project that
630 billion dollars will be spent this holiday season. This number is
over 200 billion dollars more than that spent in 2004. That is an estimated
806 dollars per person. It is projected that almost 20% of the year’s
retail sales will take place during the holidays. Unfortunately, some
people sustaininjuries while shopping. Annually, approximately 24,000 children under age 6 are seen in emergency rooms forshopping cart-related injuries. Escalators cause about 6,000 injuries annually. Violent crimes sometimes
occur at retail establishments and parking areas. It is important to stay
safe on shopping trips so that you are able to have an enjoyable holiday season.
There are precautions you can follow to ensure you and your children stay
safe while shopping. However, sometimes injuries happen at no fault of
your own. If you believe you sustained an injury from the careless or
reckless actions of an individual or company, you need the help of anexperienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you with the next step and provide support during
this trying time.
The following are some tips to help you stay safe this holiday season.
Shopping with Children
Children under four years of age should be in a stroller or supervised
When using a shopping cart, make sure to use the child safety belt. Do
not let children push or stand in the shopping cart,
Teach your children to go to a store worker, information desk, or security
guard in case you get separated,
Take caution when taking children on an escalator. Make sure they do not
grab or climb on the sides. Hold their hands, face forward, and keep feet
away from the edge of the step to avoid falls. Assist your child to safely
exit the escalator. Do not bring a stroller on the escalator.
Be careful on escalators. Check for loose scarves, clothing, and untied
shoelaces that could get caught. Be careful when getting on and exiting,
Do not bring carts or walkers on an escalator,
Be careful of wet surfaces, especially at store entrances if it is raining
or snowing outside.
Protect Yourself Against Crime
Be aware of your surroundings,
Take caution while selecting a parking spot. Park in an area that is well-lit
and away from bushes,
Be sure to always lock your car, keep windows rolled up, and cover packages,
Try not to carry too many packages at once to slow your ability to react
Take your keys out before you walk to your car.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
You can take all of the safety precautions in the world and still suffer
an injury caused by another’s negligence. An experienced Atlanta
metro area attorney at Goldstein and Hayes can help you.Contact our personal injury attorneys to get the support you deserve. Call us
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