Have you ever looked up when shopping at large stores like The Home Depot, Sam's Club, Lowe's, Costco, or even Walmart or Target? The shelves stretch tens of feet into the air, and many of them are full of large or heavy merchandise. Imagine what would happen if one of those boxes was to fall.
In fact, merchandise does fall and causes serious injuries. In a five-year period, more than 17,000 falling merchandise claims were filed against Walmart. The Home Depot has also reported numerous falling merchandise accidents, many of them fatal. In 2003, a six-year-old boy died when a door fell on him at The Home Depot. In 2000, three separate falling merchandise deaths occurred at The Home Depot stores. One of the victims was a three-year-old girl who was crushed by a countertop that fell off a forklift.
Florida warehouse store accidents may occur when employees are moving merchandise or because merchandise is stacked incorrectly. Sometimes merchandise falls when a customer reaches up for an item from a high shelf. Falling merchandise can cause injuries to the head, face, brain, neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. Victims are often left with cuts, bruises, and broken bones. They may also suffer a concussion, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. Those who survive a falling merchandise accident may be left with lifetime disabilities.
If you, or a loved one, were injured while shopping in West Palm Beach, you may have a Florida premises liability claim. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact West Palm Beach premises liability attorney David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620. The initial consultation is free.