Dallas Retail Store Accident Lawyer
Retail stores in Dallas are a common setting for premises liability collisions. From slippery messes on the floor to a frantic crowd pushing and shoving to get to a sale, retail stores can pose numerous hazards to employees and shoppers alike. The shopping centers in Dallas get incredibly busy over the holidays, attracting customers from all over the state. Store and property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe, even in times of heavy foot traffic. Learn about property owner duties to protect your rights in the event of a retail store collision.
Common Retail Store Collisions
You may believe that your local retail store is a safe premises for shopping excursions, but collisions can happen anywhere. Retail stores present another opportunity for customers to sustain injuries, either in an icy parking lot, hazardous storefront, or slippery store aisle. Although a property owner has a legal responsibility to prevent injury inside a retail store, some owners are negligent or careless. Common retail store collisions include:
- Slip, trip, and falls
- Escalator and elevator collisions
- Revolving door collisions
- Merchandise or objects falling from shelves
- Cuts from jagged shelves
- Fires or floods
- Insufficient security or lighting in parking lots
Slip, trip, and fall collisions are the most common type of retail store collision, resulting in more than one million emergency room visits per year. This is especially an issue in grocery stores, where customers handle food and drink items. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has guidelines in place that stores must follow when there are liquid spills on the floor. If a retail store staff is improperly trained to deal with spills or a property owner negligently ignores a spill, it can cause serious injury.
A slip and fall collision can result in broken bones, concussion, and even traumatic brain injury. Depending on how the victim falls, he or she could suffer a broken wrist, arm, elbow, or other bone. If the head strikes the floor, it can result in a fractured skull and brain injury. If someone slips, trips, or falls down a staircase or escalator in a retail store, it can lead to even worse injuries, such as spinal cord damage and paralysis.
Any of these causes of injury potentially have grounds to file a premises liability claim against the property owner in Texas. If you do file a claim, comparative negligence laws will come into play to determine fault.
Who Is Responsible for Retail Store Collisions?
Determining fault in a retail store collision involves investigating the situation and finding the source of the problem. In many cases, the property owner and the storeowner are two different people. In these cases, one, the other, or both may be responsible for an collision. If a premises was inherently dangerous, such as in the case of an uneven curb, the courts will find the property owner responsible. If, however, an collision was the fault of the storeowner, such as improperly training employees to clean up spills, the courts may find the owner at fault.
Once you identify the defendant, an attorney will help you file a claim. Making a strong case against a property owner requires as much evidence as possible. Your attorney will conduct an investigation into your collision and help you every step of the way toward obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Call Stephen W. Shoultz, Attorney at Law
As lawyers who have experience in premises liability cases and personal injuries in Dallas, TX, the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz has what it takes to win your case. Retail store collisions often involve Texas’ modified comparative negligence laws, which split blame between the plaintiff and the defendant. To navigate these laws and others, trust Stephen W. Shoultz. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.