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When you’re acting as a customer within a grocery store, retail store, or another establishment, the last thing that you expect is for merchandise to fall from shelves and cause an injury. But when merchandise is improperly placed or shelving improperly secured, this is exactly what can happen. If you’ve been harmed by falling merchandise in Austin, our personal injury attorney at the office of DC Law may be able to help you.
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Injuries Caused By Falling Merchandise
Falling merchandise can cause a variety of injuries, the severity of which varies on a case-by-case basis. Typically, things like the weight and size of the falling object, the number of objects that fall, the height from which an object falls, and the angle of impact on the victim all play a role in severity. Some injury types include head, neck, and traumatic brain injury, bone fracture injuries, soft tissue injuries, especially when the falling object results in the victim falling, and bruises and lacerations.
If injuries are especially serious, the affected individual may suffer long-term impairment.
Who’s Liable for a Falling Merchandise Injury?
Understanding one’s rights after falling merchandise causes an injury can be confusing, and some people may even assume that they have no legal recourse. However, Austin premises liability law holds that property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties in a reasonably safe condition, and that when an unsafe condition on a property exists–and such a condition causes another person harm–the property owner can be held liable for damages.
It can be hard to determine exactly who’s to blame for falling merchandise. In some cases, merchandise may have been improperly stocked, making it dangerous and at risk of falling. In other cases, shelving may be defective or improperly installed. And yet in other cases, the merchandise falls as a result of another customer’s action, such as trying to obtain merchandise that is beyond reach. Our lawyers can open an investigation into your case to determine who’s to blame and who should be held liable for your injuries.
It’s Important that You Act Quickly
When you have suffered an injury as a result of falling merchandise, it’s important that you act quickly to seek medical care, inform the property owner (store) of your injuries, and call an attorney. If you wait too long to take action, you can be barred from recovery. In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of injury.
When you are harmed on the property of another by something hazardous, such as falling merchandise, you deserve to be compensated. To schedule a free consultation with our Austin falling merchandise attorney today, please contact us at 512-888-9999 or use the contact form on our website to send us a message telling us more about your accident and injuries. Our goal is to provide you with competent legal representation and improve your chances of securing a fair settlement.