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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor guide: The shopping mall


    Sometimes there is nothing like a bit of retail therapy to help relax the mind, de-stress the body and boost the confidence. Things can quickly turn sour, however, if you don’t pay proper attention to your own safety.

    Whether it’s slips, trips and falls, or an altercation with an stranger, the last thing you want is for your shopping trip to turn into a painful, unpleasant experience.

    How can I prevent suffering an accident in public at the mall?

    Fortunately, there are several things you can do to limit the likelihood and severity of any slips, trips or falls or accidents whilst out at the mall.

    Fashion

    It is best to dress to blend in, as opposed to standing out. Fitting in with the crowd makes you a far less obvious and vulnerable target.

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    It’s also advisable to carry as little as possible. Yes, you are out shopping but the last thing you want to do is be weighed down by numerous purchases. To this end you may wish to make regular trips back to the car.

    Personal safety

    As in so many areas, safety comes in numbers so try and go shopping in a group. Not only does this ward others off, it also means you have immediate help if you do suffer a trip or fall.

    It’s also important to be aware of your surrounding and not dismiss feelings of unease as silly. Trust your instincts, as there are bound to be people around with ulterior motives.

    If possible, reverse into your parking space as, in the worst case scenario, it’s easier to make a quick getaway.

    Furthermore, try and stay in busy, well-lit areas and don’t be afraid to walk into a shop and strike up a conversation with an assistant, however mundane the subject, if you think you are being followed. Most shops are connected to the police via a radio and don’t forget most shopping centres have their own security you can call upon.

    If you do suffer a public fall while shopping, it’s important you don’t just brush it off as clumsiness or a freak public accident. If someone was at fault and your subsequent injuries required medical attention, then you may well be due some accident compensation.

    A quick call to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline will establish if you have a claim and they can take it from there.

    Date Published: September 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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