The holiday season is a time for togetherness – friends and family and a whole lot of food. It’s meant to be a time for giving and cheer but there is one part of it that can be less than enjoyable – shopping. Finding the perfect gift can be stressful and tiring but it can be worth it in the end to see a face light up with delight. There are rare times when a shopping experience can cause more than anxiety or frustration – when it can outright cause you physical or psychological injury. Here’s what to do if that happens.
Obviously, your first step is to take care of any immediate health issues. Once that’s done you need to assess the circumstances of your injury. If it was a slip and fall injury occurring either inside or outside the mall or shop you could hold the mall owner, or the particular store, responsible for that injury. If store products fell on top of you in a way that caused you harm there is certainly legal action that could be taken on your behalf. Effectively any injury due to poor maintenance or improper attention to customer safety could be grounds for compensation.
Sometimes, during the holiday season, injury can be caused not by poor maintenance but by other customers who may be over aggressive. If you have been assaulted, pushed in a way that caused a slip, or otherwise hurt by another customer you should certainly inform the police, but even if that person manages to elude the law, the mall owner could still be held responsible for not maintaining an environment where your safety was properly secured.
Shopping during the holidays should be a pleasant experience for everyone but if yours has veered into injury you should hire a lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call Conte & Associates at 1-877-614-0008. Based in Vaughan and Whitby, Conte & Associates works with clients in Whitby/Oshawa, and in the following cities in Ontario: Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington, Newcastle, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Perry, Belleville, and Peterborough.