Holiday Shopping Often Means Holiday Accidents

big-box-personal-injuryHoliday shopping can often mean holiday accidents. From stampedes of shoppers to slippery entrance ways to highly- and precariously-stocked merchandise shelves, personal injury cases, sadly enough, are all too common this time of year.

We’ve analyzed Slip-and-fall cases before in a simple small business scenario. As you might imagine, these account for quite a few retail personal injury cases.

But falling objects are fairly common as well. I’m sure you’ve seen the huge crates – and even worse – furniture that’s commonly stacked many feet off the floor at wholesale retail clubs. Sadly, these have accounted for a great deal of head and body injuries over the years.

So, when you’re hurt by a falling object in a store, can you sue? Well, let’s see how liable stores are for these types of accidents.

There are three main ways in which those injured by falling objects can sue the stores in which they were injured:

  1. Premises liability
    Claiming that the store owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on the property that led to the victim’s injury.
  2. Negligent training/supervision
    Often employees stack boxes unsafely because employers fail to train them in the safest ways to store unsold items or supervise them when stacking items incorrectly.
  3. Vicarious liability
    Even if a falling box injury is caused solely by the negligence of an employee (disregarding training or supervision), as long as the employee was negligent in the scope of his or her employment, an employer can be held liable.

The injured in store accidents should never be quick to dismiss a potential case based on any of the above criteria, however, as each case may, in fact, relate more than one criteria in determining its merits. That’s why your personal injury attorney can explain how each can help you recover.

Depending on the severity of your injury and length of recovery, you may be entitled not only to recover the costs of your medical bills but also lost wages due to your injury. In addition, head and neck injuries from falling objects may require long-term future medical care, to which you may also be entitled.

So don’t let big box stores win if you were injured by falling boxes or any other retail accident in New Mexico. Be sure to contact the Atkinson Law Firm in Albuquerque for your free consultation!

Scott Atkinson (264 Posts)

Scott concentrates on serious personal injury cases. He believes that a catastrophic injury does not just affect the victim; it also dramatically impacts the victim’s family. Scott is in Albuquerque to fight for you to recover your New Mexico accident losses!