It’s the winter holiday shopping season, and with Christmas less than two weeks away, families are dashing around to pick up last minute gifts. The surge in foot traffic at shopping malls throughout the greater Atlanta region is great for retailers but also creates additional risks for consumers. Our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors review some of the most common injuries that occur in shopping malls.
Slip and Fall Accidents In Shopping Malls
Slip and fall accident injuries are the most common condition sustained by mall shoppers during the winter holidays. Unkept sidewalks, cracked parking lot pavement, icy sidewalks, waxed indoor surfaces, loose cords sprawled on the ground, spilled beverages, wet bathroom floors, and crumbled floor mats are all responsible for slip and fall injuries that occur in shopping malls.
Injuries Caused By Escalators
Uneven handrails, turbulent stairs, unmarked demarcation lines, faulty entry mats, and sudden breakdowns are responsible for causing harm to consumers who use escalators.
Consumers are also injured by merchandise that falls off of shelves, advertising signs that collapse over, and broken ceiling tiles.
Knocked Down and Stepped On
Over 20 people are injured each year as a result of being knocked down and trampled over, usually during large holiday sales like Black Friday or grand openings.
For malls that allow people to bring their pet dogs in with them, the noise and crowdedness can cause these animals to become nervous or panic. When this happens or when small children approach dogs they are not familiar with, bites are a common result.
As wonderful as the winter holiday season is for most people, they also cause significant stress and make others feel desperate to provide for their families. Physical assaults and muggings are common during the winter holidays, especially in the bathrooms and parking garages. Although most major malls contain security and monitor shoppers through surveillance systems, it does not always deter criminals from robbing or attacking consumers.
Cuts and hand injuries are caused by poorly maintained shopping carts that contain sharp edges and handles.
Car Accidents That Occur In Parking Lots
Congested parking lots and distracted drivers are responsible for hundreds of parking lot crashes each year. Pedestrians are often struck by drivers who are either in a hurry or distracted by their smartphone devices, while side collisions tend to be the result of drivers who have blocked views or fail to look both ways before turning.
Contact AICA Orthopedics For Injury Treatment
If you are the victim of one of these situations this winter holiday season, do not hesitate to contact the staff at AICA Orthopedics. We provide comprehensive injury treatment that is complemented by state-of-the-art imaging devices and a multidisciplinary team of medical experts. Call us at (404) 855-2141 to schedule an appointment or same-day examination.