Falling merchandise has injured thousands of people and has been a problem since the “big box” stores have been in business. The merchandise can fall from as high as 20 feet and may weigh more than fifty pounds.
Many stores warehouse their products on the sales floor rather than in an off- site warehouse or a back room. The falling merchandise can involve entire stacks or shelves of very heavy items.
Accident lawyer, Lawrence K. Land has been practicing injury law for over 35 years and has helped victims of falling merchandise accidents. He is an experienced injury attorney and he is prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Common Falling Merchandise Accident Causes
- Employees receive minimal training in how to stack and remove the merchandise
- The customer usually has no warning about the danger of falling merchandise
- The merchandise is usually stacked high above eye level
- The high merchandise is usually not secured
- The merchandise may be stacked on lighter merchandise, causing it to fall
- Bigger merchandise may be stacked on smaller merchandise, making it unstable
- Improper forklift operation
- Unsafe displays
- Failure to warn customers of dangerous areas
Common Items Involved In Falling Merchandise Accidents
- Table saws
- Paint buckets
- Steel bathtubs
- Heavy boxes
Common Injuries Resulting From Falling Merchandise
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Spinal injury
- Back injury
- Broken bones
- Neurological injuries
- Neck injury
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Knee injury
While stores have a legal duty to keep their customers safe, this does not always happen. If you are hurt by falling merchandise, you may need to consult an experienced accident lawyer to get advice. Witnesses may disappear or move and evidence may be tampered with or altered to protect the business. You need an experienced falling merchandise attorney to begin an immediate investigation and take photographs to document the scene while it is still intact and interview the witnesses.
It is all about the money for the stores. To apply the safer stocking practices could cost the stores more money and cut into their profits. It could actually cost less money to pay the injury claims than to institute the safer stocking. An experienced falling merchandise lawyer knows how to handle these cases. The stock, stacked high on the shelves, is very appealing to customers and screams “discount” merchandise.
Safer stocking practices would take more time and more employees and may require certain areas to be off limits to customers while they are being stocked. Improvements in the shelving would also cost more money and hiring experienced employees or properly training unexperienced employees would also cost more money.
If you, or someone you love, has been injured or has died in a falling merchandise accident, you may benefit from the help of an experienced accident lawyer. Accident lawyer, Lawrence K. Land has over 35 years of experience helping injured victims. Call him for a free no-obligation case evaluation and consultation. He is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will come to you. Call 1-757-625-1911, or 1-800-800-1911. If you are on the Eastern Shore, call 1-757-787-2222. You will speak directly with Lawrence K. Land. He does not get paid until he gets money for you.
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