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What Should I Do if I’m Hurt in a Florida Shopping Mall?

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For many, going to the mall is either an exciting or dreadful experience. Whether you love the hustle and bustle or hate the crowds, sometimes, taking a trip to your local shopping mall is inevitable. However, the last thing you expect to happen while there is to sustain an injury. Unfortunately, you may find that given the nature of these locations accidents and injuries can occur, but you should not be left to shoulder the burden. If you were injured in a mall, the following blog explores who can face liability and why it’s in your best interest to contact a Broward County personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances.

What Kind of Accidents Are Common in a Shopping Mall?

By far, the most common kinds of accidents that occur in shopping malls are slips, trips, and falls. These can happen inside stores if merchandise is left on the ground or spills aren’t properly cleaned. Additionally, loose tiling, broken stairs, wet spots, and lifted carpeting can lead to several injuries.

However, slipping isn’t the only way you can endure an injury. If you are walking around a store and the employees negligently stocked the shelves, items may fall and strike you. Similarly, improperly hung shelving units, light fixtures, and signs can all fall and hit patrons and customers, leading to an injury.

Finally, issues with fixtures inside and on the mall’s property can lead to injuries. For example, broken escalators, malfunctioning elevators, inadequate lighting, security issues, and poorly paved walkways can all cause someone to sustain an injury.

Who Can Face Liability?

Generally, the mall will face liability for any injuries sustained on the premises, as it is ultimately their responsibility to ensure the location is safe for patrons. However, if the injury occurs inside a store due to the negligence of the employees, you may also be able to hold the company liable for damages you’ve endured. This is because it is the responsibility of the store to train employees to adequately respond to potential hazards and remedy issues promptly.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

When you sustain an injury in a shopping mall, the liable party may try to settle for significantly less than what your injuries are worth. As such, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve when you are hurt because of another party’s negligence. Similarly, they may try to pin the blame on you, leaving you with no compensation for the damages you’ve experienced.

At the Finizio Law Group, we understand how devastating it can be to sustain an injury due to no fault of your own. That’s why our team is dedicated to helping you through these complex matters. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with any issues you may experience because of another person’s negligence.

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