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Look out below! Beware of falling objects while shopping

Most supermarkets, department stores and big box stores provide a safe environment for their shoppers. It is in their best interests to do so because it keeps people coming back and prevents costly premises liability litigation. However, accidents in retail establishments still happen and sometimes negligence is found to be the cause.

Jersey City offers residents a large assortment of retail stores in which to shop. Most people never expect to become the victim of an injurious accident when frequenting any of these establishments. In fact, it is safe to say that any time such an incident occurs, it seems to come out of nowhere. After all, people typically fail to see a falling object in time to get out of the way because they are rarely looking up when the item falls.

There are many reasons that objects fall from high places in a retail setting. They may have been packed or stored improperly; shelving units might collapse if too much weight is placed upon them, or an employee might cause an object to fall during the course of his or her workday.

Unfortunately, these accidents can be catastrophic if the falling object is large and heavy. Many victims suffer from broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury and many others. In turn, serious injuries like these often result in overwhelming medical bills, lost wages and emotional trauma.

The lesson here is to remain aware of your surroundings when shopping. For those who have already been injured in a retail store setting, please consider talking over your case with an attorney who is experienced in premises liability cases.

Source: FindLaw, "Shopping Injuries Overview," accessed July 10, 2017

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