As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that people get hurt in strange unusal ways every day. Accidents can and do happen anywhere. Every day, unassuming shoppers in Texas are hit by falling merchandise. Getting hit by falling products may not sound serious at first, but imagine you're shopping at a home improvement store and get hit with a stack of 2 x 4s! Or a huge TV box that falls off a shelf above you. If you are unfortunate enough to be seriously injured by falling products or hardware, you should contact a Fort Worth accident injury attorney who can advise you on your legal rights and explain what compensation you may be entitled to.
Falling merchandise can cause serious injuries and even death in some cases. The greater the weight and height the object falls from the more serious the bodily injuries.
Accidents from falling objects happen most often at super warehouses like Home Depot, Wal Mart, Toys R Us, Lowe's, Best Buy, Sam's and Costco where merchandise is stacked high on shelves. Most of the time it is stacked correctly, according to store procedure. However, rules are not always followed and sometimes the objects are placed in a way that they fall on unsuspecting customers.
How It Happens
Most accidents caused by falling objects happen because the store didn't take the time or money to make sure the objects were properly secured. Common causes of falling merchandise include:
- Stacking merchandise too high
- Poor stacking methods
- Unsecured merchandise
- Unsafe displays
- Inadequate employee training
- Defective racking
- Defective pallets
- Inadequate shrink wrapping
- Failure to warn customers of danger zones
The Anderson Law Firm's Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
Stores have a legal duty to protect their customers from falling merchandise under premises liability law, however, there no laws that define what safe stocking practices are. Some fire codes govern where and how certain objects in a retail setting are stacked, but there are no regulations about shelf design, railings or shrink wrap.
The falling merchandise attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm know it's all about money for these big retailers. They could ensure that merchandise is stacked properly and that employees are adequately trained on how to stock shelves, but that would cut into their profits.
If you or a loved one has been injured by falling merchandise in a store, you should call the Anderson Law Firm for a free case consultation. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries under premises liability law. Call us at 817-294-1900 to schedule your free, no obligation case review.
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