consult
X

Request a Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch soon.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

Blog Home

What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida
Posted By:

What to Do When You're Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

 

Whether you’re picking out the perfect gifts for your loved ones or taking advantage of holiday sales for yourself, shopping will probably be a part of your holiday season.

 

Unfortunately, the crowding and excitement of finding the best holiday deals also lead to a major uptick in several kinds of shopping accidents each year.

 

We’ve put together a guide covering common holiday shopping accidents, and what you should do at the scene of the accident and in the days following the accident if you’re injured.

 

Top Florida Shopping Injury Risks

 

While winter weather is scarcely a concern in South Florida, the increase in traffic over the holidays leads to an uptick in vehicle collisions and pedestrian accidents. Injuries in shopping centers such as slips, trips, and falls are also common culprits for Florida shopping injuries.

 

Vehicle Collisions

 

Although we don’t often contend with snow in South Florida, vehicle accidents still go up over the holidays. Increased traffic due to local holiday traffic and vacationers, together with holiday drinking, make vehicle collisions more common.

 

Pedestrian Accidents

 

Similarly, pedestrians are frequently involved in vehicle accidents due to increased vehicle and foot traffic.

 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

 

In often-chaotic Florida shopping centers, crowds and unsafe conditions can lead to slips, trips, and falls, which can cause serious injury. In fact, these are one of the most common types of personal injuries.

 

Falling Object Injuries

 

Shoppers or employees attempting to remove heavy objects from shelves can cause the merchandise to fall, injuring themselves or nearby shoppers.

 

What To Do Following a Florida Shopping Injury

 

When you’ve been injured in a shopping-related accident, knowing what to do immediately following the accident and in the days following the accident can help you stay safe, and seek compensation for your losses through a personal injury suit if necessary.

 

Seek Medical Attention

 

Your first priority is your safety. If you even think you might be hurt, seek immediate medical attention following any type of shopping accident.

 

Call the Police

 

When you’re involved in a vehicle collision or pedestrian accident, call the police to file a police report at the scene of the accident. This is required in many cases and could be important evidence later on.

 

Gather Evidence

 

If you’re able, gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident. This includes taking pictures and writing down an account of what happened as soon as you’re able.

 

Talk to Witnesses

 

Whenever possible, talk to witnesses at the scene of the accident. Record their names and contact information.

 

Notify the Relevant Parties

 

Following an auto accident, you should notify your insurance company and the DMV as soon as possible. If you’re injured in a store or shopping center, you’ll likely need to file an incident report with the business.

 

Evaluate Your Liability Options with a Seasoned Florida Attorney

 

A Florida shopping injury can not only put a damper on your holiday season but can also result in costly medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

 

If you feel that your accident could have been prevented but for the negligence of the responsible parties, consider seeking damages through a personal injury suit. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case with you and help you determine your best steps forward.

 

South Florida Shopping INjury Attorney

When you’re injured in a holiday shopping accident, knowing what to do ahead of time is imperative to stay safe, and if necessary, seek compensation for your losses through a personal injury suit.

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Andrew Winston is a partner at the personal injury law firm of Winston Law. For over 20 years, he has successfully represented countless people in all kinds of personal injury cases, with a particular focus on child injury, legal malpractice, and premises liability. He has been recognized for excellence in the representation of injured clients by admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is AV Preeminent Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, enjoys a 10.0 rating by AVVO as a Top Personal Injury Attorney, has been selected as a Florida “SuperLawyer” from 2011-2017 – an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the state – and was voted to Florida Trend’s ”Legal Elite” and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the Miami area for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Categories
AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

AMERICAS TOP 100 HIGH STAKES LITIGATORS

2018

Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers for high stakes legal matters. For initial consideration, an attorney must have successfully litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake (i.e. bet-the-company litigation valued in excess of $2,000,000).

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

LEAD COUNSEL

LEAD COUNSEL
RATED

Since 1997, the Lead Counsel Rating has been available for free to attorneys who have demonstrated the following three requirements:

Professional Experience
Peer Recommendations
Spotless Record

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

LAWYERS OF DISTINCTION

LAWYERS OF
DISTINCTION

Lawyers of Distinction members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process from our Selection Committee. After a thorough review of credentials, attorneys are nominated by our Selection Committee. Lawyers do not pay for this nomination. These potential candidates who meet the criteria of our screening process have demonstrated a high degree of peer recognition and professional competence

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM
LIFETIME MEMBER

THE TOP TRIAL LAWYERS IN AMERICA ®

ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS GROUPS OF TRIAL LAWYERS IN THE UNITED STATES. MEMBERSHIP IS LIMITED TO ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE WON MILLION AND MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

FLORIDA TREND’S

FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE
2011-2017

Now in its 13th year, Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

EXPERTISE

BEST PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN FORT LAUDERDALE
2016-2019

Our goal is to be a hub where qualified experts can connect with people to share their knowledge, experience, and skills.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

SUPER LAWYERS

TOP RATED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN DAVIE FL
2011-2019

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

SUPER LAWYERS TOP 100 FLORIDA LAWYERS

FLORIDA TOP 100 LAWYERS
2015-2017, 2019

Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-approved law school libraries.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

, What to Do When You’re Injured While Holiday Shopping in Florida

AVVO

TOP ATTORNEY PERSONAL INJURY
10.00
SUPERB

Avvo was founded in Seattle, Washington by tech-savvy lawyer Mark Britton to make legal easier and help people find a lawyer.

REVIEWS

LEAVE US A REVIEW

CASE RESULTS

See More Results

Font Resize