If you are like most Americans, you shop at a warehouse store like Costco or Sam's Club at least once a month. Warehouse stores offer low prices and one-stop shopping. With an annual membership, you can buy anything from groceries to tires at a discounted price, making membership a worthwhile investment for families who need to budget both time and money. However, if you are one of the hundreds of people who suffered a Florida falling merchandise injury, the savings may not add up.
As customers walk into Costco, they rarely consider personal safety. They expect to come out with a bargain; not a serious injury. Yet warehouse-style storage, lack of assistance, and improper stacking have caused thousands of people to be injured by falling merchandise.
What causes Florida falling merchandise accidents?
Many Florida falling merchandise accidents occur because employees have not been properly trained. Employees don't know how to safely stack merchandise and operate machinery.
Workers may not realize the danger of lifting merchandise over someone's head. They may fail to barricade the area when stacking merchandise on high shelves. They may do the job hastily, without checking for safety.
Warehouse stores invite customers to come shop, which means each store has a duty to keep the store reasonably safe and to warn of known dangers. Part of this duty means ensuring that all employees are properly trained and that all merchandise is stored and stacked safely. If merchandise falls, the store may be accountable for any injury caused by the falling merchandise.
If you or a loved one was injured by falling merchandise in Florida, it is important that you seek the counsel of a West Palm Beach premises liability attorney. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income, but only if you act quickly to preserve the evidence.
Your West Palm Beach personal injury attorney can help you protect your Florida injury claim. Learn more in attorney David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. To discuss your case with a West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer, contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.