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Injuries From Falling Merchandise

Shopping is a part of life, and when we visit stores, we expect to find what we are looking for, a clean setting, and respectful, prompt customer service. Very few people expect to get injured while shopping, but sometimes it does happen.

The opening of the first large-scale Walmart and K-mart stores in the early 1960s marked some of the earliest falling merchandise accidents, as the superstores began stacking merchandise high on the sales floor to maximize efficiency and eliminate the middle step of product transportation from off-site facilities and backroom storage areas. Rules about stacking height have become more formal since the early years because of the many tragic incidents that occurred in these stores and others like them because goods stacked too high fell on customers.

High stacking is the most common cause of injury to customers by falling merchandise, though there are several other situations which may cause consumers while shopping. A lack of signage notifying shoppers of the possibility of falling goods, poor training for employees in inventory organization and a failure to secure elevated goods can also put people on the sales floor at risk. Each and every one of these situations is the responsibility of the company operating the store. Harm to consumers is intolerable. The North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson know the law and may be able to help you if you have been injured in a situation like one of these.

Falling merchandise cases represent a rapidly expanding field of premises liability cases, which fall under the umbrella of personal injury law. Any case involving the health and safety of consumers in places of business is an important one, and the premises liability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are well-versed in the laws surrounding such cases.

Major corporations have the resources to fight any claim that costs them money and damages their reputation. Injured store visitors who go up against these corporations on their own, without legal help may not get the compensation which they may be entitled to for their injuries and losses.

That’s where we come in. Grimes Teich Anderson knows how to handle big corporations. We urge you not to go up against a major retailer in a legal situation on your own. Our experienced lawyers can help protect your rights help get you the compensation to which you may be entitled to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the injuries you sustained on a routine shopping trip. Grimes Teich Anderson only works for injured victims and never for corporate interests. We are here to listen and to help you seek the resources you need to get better.


Did you or a loved one injured in North or South Carolina by falling merchandise? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at 800.533.6845 and ask for your free consultation with an expert attorney, or fill out the online case evaluation form on our website.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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