Falling merchandise claims result from injuries sustained when merchandise on shelves fall off and strike a person; such instances may lead to stores having liability for that person’s injury. With the introduction of superstores, such as Costco, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, IKEA and the like, the risk of falling merchandise has drastically risen. Research shows that most falling merchandise injuries occur between the months of October and January, where shelves are packed to maximum capacity for the holiday seasons.
Store owners are always looking for the most effective way to shelve the products they are trying to sell. Most store owners stack their products as high as the ceiling will permit, allowing not only for maximum efficiency, but also for more severe injuries to customers or patrons. The higher the object, the higher rate of speed in which it will fall. The problem is not with stacking the merchandise high, but with how the merchandise is stacked; carelessness of an employee can lead to over-packing a shelf or placing merchandise in areas where they are not supposed to be.
A whole world of danger can fall upon you simply by walking down an aisle at your local store. You can sustain injuries to your head, neck, back and feet. When you shop, you focus on the items you are looking to buy; you are unaware of the risks that are around you.
Having an experienced attorney is essential to holding these stores accountable for their negligence. The attorneys and staff at Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP, have over 70 years of experience in handling personal injury claims in Georgia. With the knowledge and expertise crafted over those years, we will be able to efficiently handle your case from beginning to end.
If you or someone you know has been injured by merchandise falling off a shelf at a store, please contact Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP, today for an initial consultation in our Gainesville office at 678-601-2495.