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Shopping injuries and a retailer's liability for losses

After filling themselves with good food and good times with friends and family, some Texans may have chosen to partake in a post-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Friday shopping. Retailers throughout the nation opened their doors in the late hours of Thanksgiving Thursday or the early hours of the following Friday to offer shoppers deals on goods for the holiday season. While most shoppers escaped their retail adventures unscathed, some undoubtedly suffered injuries in the crush of holiday commerce.

Shopping injuries include personal injuries that occur while on retail properties. They may include slip and fall injuries from wet floors or icy parking lots, injuries from products falling off shelves and onto them as they pass through aisles, and even injuries caused by other customers because stores failed to provide adequate security and safety measures.

Shopping injuries are a form of premises liability and are compensable when retailers hold responsibility for the injured customers' losses. Proving a shopping injury claim based on premises liability can be difficult but, often, victims are able to develop cogent arguments in support of their cases with the help of personal injury legal representatives.

Heavy shopping will continue for the next few weeks as the holiday gift-giving season gears up in the end of December. While many Americans may do all of their shopping online, those that brave brick-and-mortar shopping experiences may have to contend with more than just sold out items and massive crowds. Shopping injuries are a legal problem and may be addressed through actions based on premises liability.

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