During the busy holiday season it’s very likely that you will be shopping in a store with merchandise stacked over your head. In some cases, merchandise is literally dozens of feet above the floor level. This helps businesses because it means they don’t need additional storage for their excess inventory. However, if the merchandise is not properly secured, it can pose a serious risk to the customers below.
Currently, it’s not clear how many customers have suffered injuries due to falling merchandise. However, it’s been estimated by one expert that these incidents happen tens of thousands of times every year. Even small objects falling from large heights can cause serious injuries to victims below. In addition, if merchandise strikes a customer below it is likely to hit the head, which can be extremely dangerous.
Businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for their customers as well as their employees. Falling merchandise is clearly due to negligence on the part of the business. If a business fails to properly secure their merchandise, the business is not protecting those in the store from possible injury. In those cases, customers who are injured may receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you are in the Houston area and you have been hit by falling merchandise in a store, or if you have had another accident in a store that you believe was due to negligence by the store, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. They can help. You can reach them at 855-947-0707, or you can learn more about the firm on their Facebook page.