Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers
Warehouse stores, or those retailers that sell large quantities of merchandise, have become very popular in recent years. Unfortunately, because merchandise is stacked in large quantities and at high heights, merchandise can fall and injure customers.
Retailers must train employees to exercise care when displaying their merchandise and to follow safety standards when operating machinery, such as forklifts and order pickers, to stack and retrieve merchandise. Unfortunately, some stores fail to exercise the required standards of care and customers are injured as a result.
Falling merchandise can occur in the following circumstances:
- Merchandise is not properly placed on a store shelf;
- An employee drops merchandise while retrieving or stacking merchandise; or
- A customer tries to remove merchandise from a shelf due to the lack of available store assistance.
If a customer is injured by falling merchandise, the store owner may be liable for any injuries sustained under a premises liability theory. Premises liability is a legal standard that requires property owners to exercise a certain level of care to ensure that property is safe for others.
Frequently, retailers have insurance policies to cover accidents that occur on their property as a result of their negligence, including injuries caused by falling merchandise. The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices are experienced dealing with insurance companies and can effectively communicate and negotiate with them to obtain the most favorable settlement for you. If a favorable settlement cannot be negotiated, we are skilled trial attorneys and will litigate your claims in a court of law.
If you have been injured by falling merchandise, contact the Chicago personal injury and attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC to schedule a free consultation to discuss your premises liability case.