Falling Merchandise Accidents
For most big box stores and other retailers, carrying lots of merchandise in full view of its customers is very important. Shoppers will notice that merchandise is stacked high in the aisles of most large retail stores. Often times extra stock is stacked inside the store rather than in traditional warehouses. As a result, accidents involving falling merchandise is common. The most common cause of falling merchandise accidents are because of the merchandise is stacked too highly and is not secured by staff. In fact, in many retail stores, the customers are drawn to reach for merchandise that are on shelves that are out of reach or high on shelves. This can cause merchandise to fall on the person or persons injuring them in different ways.
In other circumstances, merchandise from above falls because personnel stacked them incorrectly or unevenly causing heavy boxes or heavy objects to fall on customers. Retail store owners have a duty to keep their stores safe for customers. Merchandisers are in the habit to train personnel so that falling merchandise does not occur. But in spite of those efforts, falling merchandise does takes place and does injure customers. When this occurs, merchants can be held liable for their negligence in allowing merchandise to be carelessly and negligently stacked above retail store aisles and that leads to the injury to customers.
In many of these cases, the store owners will blame the customers for his or her own negligence in reaching for a product without asking for assistance. Do not be dissuaded.
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