Accidents at shopping centers occur fairly often. They include the following:
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 possible. 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.