Shopping Mall Accidents
When citizens enter a shopping mall or shopping center, they usually have their mind on the products that they wish to buy. Consumers rarely enter a shopping mall with the thought of dangers or accidents on their minds. They expect that the business managers and property owner have done all that they can to ensure the safety of their customers. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Although it is the legal responsibility of the property owners and business managers to maintain the premises in such a way that your health and safety is not comprised, they are often negligent in doing so. This negligence can lead to injury from accidents and crimes. When this happens, the property owner and business managers can be held financially responsible for any medical bills, time lost from work, and emotional suffering that victim has incurred. A premise liability attorney can help the victims in such cases to receive the compensation that they deserve.
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Common Shopping Mall Accidents
The following is a list of common shopping mall accidents. Of course, there are other accidents and causes of injury which may not be included in this list.
- Missing or broken hand rails on stairways
- Burns from food or beverages in food courts
- Accidents on an escalator, elevator, or stairway
- Mugging or other physical attack
- Parking lot accidents
- Dressing room accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Being hit by fork lifts or other moving machinery
- Falling debris, merchandise, or other objects
- Construction accidents
- Poor lighting
Who is Responsible?
If it can be proven that your injury was caused by the negligence of the property owner and/or business manager at the location where your accident occurred, then they will likely be found responsible. Failure to maintain a location where consumers frequent is a serious offense. If a dangerous condition existed, which the property owner and/or business manager was aware of but did nothing about, then he or she is negligent. This is also true if the property owner and/or business manager did not know of the dangerous condition, but should have known.
This only applies if the victim in the incident was not aware of this dangerous condition. For example, if the floor was wet, but there was a sign warning patrons, then the property owner and/or business manager is not liable. If you or someone you love has been injured in a shopping mall accident, a premise liability lawyer or personal injury attorney can help you decide whether or not you should file a premise liability lawsuit.