All across the US, shopping malls have replaced Main Street as the place where people shop. Florida is no exception. Florida is home to some of the largest and busiest shopping malls and outlet centers in the country, along with countless open air strip malls and shopping centers. Shopping malls and larger shopping centers generally consist of one or more large anchor stores and smaller stores that can number from a dozen to several hundred. The larger shopping malls especially, contain areas where accidental injuries occur with surprising frequency. It is the responsibility of mall owners and businesses to maintain safe premises for all shoppers and workers.
Shopping Mall Injury Danger Zones
Virtually every large shopping mall has escalators and elevators to transport shoppers from one floor to another. These people movers can cause injuries if they malfunction or are not operated properly. An escalator without clear and proper, stair and landing, demarcation can be a likely place for a person to misstep and fall. If a person should fall on a crowded descending escalator, a serious pileup of bodies can occur at the bottom atop the one who fell. On the other hand, an elevator that stops short of the floor creates a tripping hazard when the door opens. A person who is exiting the car is not likely to notice the step up required and will trip and fall.
The beautiful polished concrete and marble floors in today’s super malls are the areas where the most common shopping mall injuries occur. These are slip and fall accidents usually caused by wet surfaces from spills or cleaning. Wet areas should be cleaned up immediately, marked with warning signs or cordoned off.
Another source of injury is violent crimes such as rape, assault and robbery that could have been prevented by better lighting or security. These traumatic injuries are often not publicized to protect the reputation of the business.
Do Not Hesitate if Injured
When a person suffers a shopping mall injury it is important to get the personal information from any witnesses as soon as possible. It is also important to accept or seek medical attention immediately even if the injury seems minor at the time. This will place a date stamp on the occurrence. Insurance companies will try to dispute the fact that an injury actually happened. Immediately following medical attention, a premises personal injury attorney should be contacted as soon as it is possible.
The experienced premises injury attorney will quickly subpoena any surveillance video that may have captured the event before it can be taped over or destroyed. The attorney can also determine which party was responsible. Was it the mall owner, the store, the management company, the maintenance company, a private security company or a combination of two or more? Only a professional premises attorney has the savvy to determine the real responsible parties for a shopping mall injury. If necessary the attorney will virtually reconstruct the scene and use a team of investigators to locate and interview witnesses.
Were you or someone you care about injured in or outside of a shopping mall due to the negligence of another? If so you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have successfully won large settlements against shopping malls, outlet centers and other shopping venues all over the State of Florida on behalf of injured clients. Get in touch with an experienced premises injury attorney today for a free evaluation of you case. It is imperative that you do not hesitate as evidence may be lost or destroyed and witnesses may be harder to find. Call today. You do not pay us a dime until we win for you.
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