I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Being hit by falling merchandise is actually fairly common in large, warehouse-type stores that have merchandise stacked up, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, Sam’s Club, Costco, and similar stores. Stores often stack merchandise for convenience and to save money. Stacking the merchandise eliminates the need for extra storage, as well as for a warehouse in which to store the inventory.
Merchandise in a store is supposed to be properly secured so that there is no chance the merchandise could fall and hit customers. However, it has estimated that there are thousands of injuries every year caused by falling merchandise. Some common injuries that may occur when a customer is hit by falling merchandise include brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, cuts and bruises, and even death.
Businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers and employees. Clearly, that includes the responsibility of properly securing merchandise. If a business fails to do so, it can be held legally responsible for any injuries incurred. Customers who are injured may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
If you have been injured because of the negligence of a store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Dallas-Fort Worth premises liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.