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Tis the season to be cautious

The holiday shopping season brings with it a lot of potential for fun and a lot of potential for danger. The people of Washington, D.C., and its suburban environs have a reputation of not being able to properly handle winter weather when it strikes.

Merchants who are inviting shoppers into their shops have an obligation to make sure that they are providing an environment that result in clients suffering personal injury. When accidents do happen, victims have a right to expect that they'll get the medical care and financial remedy they are due. An attorney may be able to help protect those rights.

One of the most common situations that can happen at this time of year is a slip and fall on an icy parking lot or sidewalk, or on a wet, hard-surface store floor. An example of how such a case might play out is offered by a story out of Charleston, West Virginia.

A man there is suing Rite Aid pharmacies for a slip and fall he suffered last December. He claims that he while in the facility, he stepped in an area of snow and melted ice on the store floor. He says that considering the time of year and the snowy conditions outside, the store failed in not providing its clients with warning about unsafe conditions.

As a result of the negligence, the man not only suffered physical injury. He incurred medical expenses and lost wages. He also claims a loss of enjoyment of life. He's seeking compensatory damages for his troubles. The exact amount being sought isn't clear from the reports.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Man sues after slip, fall on snow, ice at Rite Aid," Kyla Asbury, Nov. 29, 2011

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