What if I was Injured by Falling Merchandise at a Store?
If merchandise has fallen and injured you in a store, you need help. The law firm of Estey & Bomberger has been a top personal injury firm in San Diego for years. We solely practice personal injury law, which has given us an expertise that has led us to a 99% success rate. Attorneys Steve Estey and Mike Bomberger lead our team with a combined 40 years of experience. They have won more than $100 million for their clients in the past five years. If your injury happened at small retail shop or a large store like Lowes or Home Depot, we can give you the support and guidance you need on your premises liability case to get the compensation you deserve.
Falling Merchandise in Large Stores
Large box stores have continued to grow all over the United States. Many of them are essentially big warehouses, like Costco. San Diego is no exception. Boxes and products are stacked high. Too often, employees haphazardly throw up these products without safely securing them or thinking about the danger. This can lead to something heavy falling on you as you are trying to reach a product.
Injuries from these incidents can range greatly. It depends on the location of the product, the type of product, and countless other factors. The injury could be a simple bruise, or it could be something that leads to a debilitating injury that affects someone for the rest of their life.
Owner Requirements for Premises Liability
The law treats injuries caused by merchandise falling as issues of premises liability. In California, the owners and managers of stores and businesses have various responsibilities that they must keep manage to keep consumers and visitors safe. They must keep their property in a safe condition and frequently inspect all aspects of their stores to be sure that they remain safe. If they discover an issue, it is their responsibility to have it immediately fixed or to place a clear warning that there are unsafe conditions, so customers avoid the area.
How do I Prove Negligence in a Store Merchandise Injury Case?
If you are filing a suit and trying to prove the store owner or manager was negligent, you have to prove three elements: The property has a duty of care to customers, he or she breached that duty by a negligent act, and the breach directly caused an injury.
Businesses and stores automatically owe a duty of care of employees, visitors, and consumers. If you are a consumer visiting a store, that is proof of duty of care.
What Does Compensation Cover After an Injury?
Compensation can cover the cost of medical bills and possibly future necessary medical care. It may also include lost wages, and physical and psychological pain and suffering. If the injury leaves you permanently or temporarily disabled, you may not be able to return to your current job and will need education and training for a new job – if you can work at all. Generally, the greater your injuries, the more the potential compensation a liable party will owe.
San Diego Falling Merchandise Injury Lawyers – Free Consultations!
Personal injuries can change your life forever. While a product falling in a store may seem less dangerous than some other threats, it can have a debilitating effect on your life. When you are looking for help after a merchandising injury, speak to a firm with experience in these types of cases for the best chances of compensation.
Contact the San Diego personal injury team at Estey & Bomberger, LLP about your case today! (619) 295-0035