Tampa Falling Merchandise Attorneys
The practice of stacking heavy merchandise on high shelves by big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot has resulted in countless injuries caused by falling merchandise.
These injuries can be catastrophic:
- A 3-year-old girl was crushed to death by a falling door at a Home Depot store in San Diego. Her twin brother and her parents witnessed the accident.
- A 46-year-old Edmonds, Washington, woman was killed at a HomeBase, when a 3,000-pound pallet of ceramic tiles collapsed on her.
- A wardrobe toppled and killed a child at a Sam’s Club in Abilene, Texas.
- A 2-year-old girl died after a 100-pound television cabinet fell on her in a Wal-Mart store in Virginia Beach, Virginia
- A 41-year-old Connecticut man was killed at his neighborhood Home Depot when a 2,000-pound pallet of landscaping timbers fell and pinned him to the ground
- During an 18-month period in 1995-1996, 68 customers sued Home Depot for injuries sustained from items falling off store shelves
No agency keeps statistics on the number of people killed or injured by merchandise falling from store shelves and retailers are not required to file consumer injury reports with any government agencies. OSHA safety standards protect workers, not customers.
From the retailer’s viewpoint, high stacking is a money saver. It cuts down on warehouse costs. And high-stacking itself isn’t necessarily a problem. From the Tampa Falling Merchandise Attorney’s point of view, the risk to a retailer’s customers happens when the store fails to secure stacked items to prevent them from falling, causing injuries.
If you’ve been injured by something falling on you while shopping, contact the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Hancock Injury Attorneys.