Whether you love going to the mall to shop or dread braving the crowds, shopping is something that many must do. However, the last thing you expect on your shopping trip is to sustain an injury in the mall that leaves you suffering and in pain. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for this to occur, so understanding the compensation you are entitled to with the help of personal injury attorneys is critical. The following blog explores what you should know about these matters and who can be held liable for an injury you sustain in a shopping mall.
What kind of accidents can happen in a shopping mall?
There are several injuries one can sustain in a shopping mall due to the nature of these locations.
Most commonly, shoppers can experience slips and falls in the mall and the stores inside. This can be due to several reasons, such as merchandise left on the floor, unsecured wires, unmarked wet spots, food left on the ground, loose carpeting or tile, or broken handrails.
Additionally, accidents can happen when shoppers are struck by objects. This can occur if signs, shelving, or lighting fixtures are not properly hung. Similarly, if employees fail to properly stock shelves, those walking past may be struck with falling merchandise.
Finally, issues with the mall itself can lead to injuries. This includes broken escalators, malfunctions elevators, unsafe stairwells, improper lighting, and unpaved parking lots. These hazards can all lead to prolonged injuries and the need for medical treatment.
Who can face liability?
It’s necessary to understand who can be held liable for the injuries you endure if you are hurt while shopping in a mall. Unfortunately, these matters can be confusing, as you’ll need to consider where the accident occurred. For example, if you were hurt in a retail location within the mall, you can likely hold the store and the mall liable for the injuries you sustained. However, if you were hurt on an escalator in the center of the mall, parking lot, or on a walkway, you would hold the mall liable for the injuries you sustained.
Generally, the negligent party can be held responsible for the damages you’ve endured because of the accident. This includes facing liability compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages. Similarly, they can be held liable for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and humiliation that you may have suffered because of the accident.
If you were injured while shopping in your local mall, ensuring you connect with an experienced attorney to assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve is crucial. At Friedman Schuman, we understand how devastating it can be to suffer as a result of another party’s negligence, which is why we are dedicated to doing everything we can to help you recover compensation. Contact our firm today to learn more.