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Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners accountable for injuries that occur on their premises due to negligence. In North Dakota, property owners owe a duty of care to visitors, and when this duty is breached, resulting in injuries, the injured party may be entitled to compensation. It’s crucial to document the incident, gather witness statements, and seek medical attention promptly if injured on someone else’s property.

Holiday shoppers need to be extra careful to navigate potentially dangerous conditions while they are out and about this season. After all, amid the winter chill, there is snow and ice accumulation that can pose a significant hazard in parking lots and entryways. It may come as no surprise, after all, that slip and fall incidents are prevalent during the holiday season, leading to injuries ranging from sprains to fractures. Property owners have a duty to promptly address icy conditions, whether through snow removal or the application of de-icing agents. Shoppers should remain vigilant and report any hazardous conditions to store management.

Holiday shoppers also should be aware of the dangers posed by overcrowded aisles. The holiday sales will often attract throngs of shoppers, transforming stores into bustling hubs of activity. Overcrowded aisles can result in collisions, falls, and other accidents. Property owners are responsible for maintaining orderly shopping environments, and failure to do so may lead to premises liability claims. Shoppers should exercise caution in crowded areas, and property owners must implement measures to manage crows safely.

Property owners must also implement reasonable security measures to protect visitors from foreseeable criminal acts. During the holiday rush, criminal activity may increase, making parking lots and shopping centers potential targets for theft and assaults. Inadequate lighting, malfunctioning security cameras, or negligence security personnel can contribute to unsafe conditions. If you are a victim of a crime due to inadequate security, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim.

Parking lots can be especially treacherous to safely navigate during the holidays. Navigating crowded parking lots is challenging during the holiday shopping rush and accidents can occur due to negligent driving, poor lighting, or uneven surfaces. Property owners must maintain safe parking lot conditions, including well-marked pedestrian crossings and clear signage. Shoppers should exercise caution and property owners must take proactive measure to prevent parking lot accidents.

Contact Pringle & Herigstad for Consultation

Holiday shopping should be a joyful experience, but the risk of injuries cannot be ignored. If you have been injured due to a negligent property condition, talk to the team at Pringle & Herigstad about your options. Contact us today.