Falling merchandise can cause long-lasting and even life-threatening physical injuries. This kind of harm is also usually accompanied by emotional trauma and heavy financial burdens as victims are left to deal with their unforeseeable costs. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we help people who have been hurt in accidents, including those caused by falling merchandise. We will explore your legal options and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Experienced Randolph County premises liability attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe will work with you to learn the facts of your case, and seek to develop a strategy tailored to your situation. We serve clients throughout West Virginia, including the areas around Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, and Elkins.Risks of Falling Merchandise
Serious harm can happen when merchandise accidentally falls on a person underneath it. This most often happens in commercial spaces, such as warehouses, where items and merchandise are stocked vertically. These are some of the reasons why merchandise can fall on customers or patrons:
- Inadequately secured goods
- Poor stacking
- Stacking too high
- Unsecured merchandise
- Defective or faulty railing
- Dangerous displays
- Faulty shrink wrapping
Whenever an object falls from a significant height and strikes someone, there is a risk of injury. In fact, the weight, velocity, and impact can lead to harm as serious as head trauma, broken bones, facial injuries, fractures, paralysis, or death. But even less serious types of injuries can adversely affect every aspect of a victim’s life.Hold Property Owners Accountable for Causing Injuries
Premises liability laws are designed to discourage property owners from engaging in careless conduct that could hurt visitors on their property. More specifically, store and warehouse owners must protect their customers from dangers such as falling merchandise. If they do not, an injured party may be able to take legal action and recover monetary compensation for his or her harm. To successfully pursue these damages, the victim must show:
- The property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition;
- The property owner had ample time to fix or warn of the dangerous condition;
- A reasonable property owner would have corrected the issue;
- The dangerous condition was not obvious to the victim; and
- The dangerous condition caused the victim’s injuries.
If someone in your family has been killed in a falling merchandise accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Investigating your legal options soon after the loss of a loved one may be the furthest thing from your mind. Given the complexity and strict time constraints on wrongful death claims, however, it is important to do so as soon as possible.
There can be many long-term consequences that result from falling merchandise injuries. Depending on the extent of your harm, an attorney can help you recover past, current, and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of quality of life, and any other costs associated with your accident. While we try to negotiate settlements for our clients in a swift manner, we are willing to fight for you in the courtroom if necessary.Discuss Your Accident With a Randolph County Attorney
If you have been injured by falling merchandise in a store, warehouse, or commercial property, you may be entitled to compensation under premises liability law. At the Wolfe Law Firm, skilled West Virginia injury lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe can protect your rights and help you seek compensation. We will take the time to get to know you and the details of your case as we evaluate your options. Our entire team is committed to getting you through this difficult time. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756 for a free case evaluation with a Randolph County lawyer.