Accidents at shopping centers occur fairly often. They include the following:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Items falling from shelves
- Parking lot accidents
- Parking lot attacks
- Attacks in washrooms
Stores in shopping centers are responsible for keeping their customers safe while they are inside a store. The mall owner or management should be responsible for accidents occurring outside the stores. If a store employee is stocking shelves, for example, and he or she leaves a pile of merchandise in a walkway, the store should be held liable if someone trips and falls on the merchandise.
If there is a spill on the floor of a store, it is the store’s responsibility to put up a caution sign warning people of the wet surface and to mop the spill up as quickly as possibility. If the area is not properly marked and someone slips on the wet surface, the store should be held liable.
Escalators present a hazard to older, very young and unstable customers. If someone catches a shoe in the escalator step as it is closing, a severe injury could occur. A person who trips on an escalator step and falls to the bottom could suffer considerable physical damage. If you are one of these customers, you might be able to hold the store liable for your injuries. It is important to speak with a personal injury attorney about your situation.
Shopping Center Accidents in Miami
The attorneys at Baron & Herskowitz represent injured persons in Miami premise liability lawsuits. It is best to discuss the particulars of your situation with one of their lawyers to find out if you should seek compensation for your injuries.
Your compensation could cover the costs of:
- A physician’s care
- Occupational therapy
- Adjustments to your home if your injuries are permanent and you must use a wheelchair, have grab bars or ramps built, or you need to widen doorways
- Loss of wages in the present and the future
- Pain and suffering
Parking Lot Accidents
Other potentially dangerous sites for shopping center customers are parking lots. A poor layout could lead to vehicles colliding. Bad lighting could make a shopper vulnerable to attack after dark or theft.
Washrooms often are located in isolated parts of a store, away from the core of the shopping area where there are plenty of shoppers and potential witnesses. These areas are more likely to be the site of an attack.
If you have been injured at a shopping center, the center may be liable for your injuries. Call the Miami personal injury attorneys at Baron & Herskowitz for an evaluation of your case. They have years of experience helping people injured in these situations and will do everything they can to get you the full amount of compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.
To schedule a consultation, contact us today.