What to Do if You’re Injured While Shopping in New Orleans
When it comes to holiday shopping, malls are a great place to find gifts for everyone on your list. Trendy New Orleans shopping destinations like Riverwalk and Lakeside Mall host visitors by the thousands between Black Friday and Christmas each year.
Between locals and tourists descending on these popular retail hubs, injury accidents in stores naturally increase around this time of year. If you or a loved one has been injured while shopping during the holidays, contact a premises liability lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today. We’ll review your case and explain everything you need to know about store injury settlements in Louisiana.
How Shopping Injuries Happen
Shopping injuries occurs most frequently in grocery stores, retail establishments, or shopping malls. Thousands of consumers are injured while shopping year round. Luckily, many shopping-related injuries are minor. However, reckless or negligent behavior on behalf of stores and other shoppers can lead to serious injuries like broken bones, head trauma, neck injury, spinal injury, and even wrongful death.
Common shopping-related accidents that occur in retail stores and shopping malls include:
- Slip and falls on slick, cluttered, or improperly maintained floors or icy sidewalks
- Stampeding crowd injuries
- Parking lot pedestrian injuries
- Shopping cart injuries
- Falling equipment, merchandise, or displays
- Escalator, elevator, and staircase accidents
- Food poisoning
As with any injury accident, there may be more than one responsible party. Sometimes, the injured shopper is partially to blame for their own accident and subsequent injury. However, it is important to note that store and mall owners have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and regularly-maintained premises for shoppers.
Injuries Caused by Shopping Accidents
Although most slip and falls only result in hurt pride, sometimes even minor falls can cause major injuries that require weeks or months of recovery. More catastrophic injuries caused by faulty elevators, escalators, or poorly-maintained staircases can easily prove to be fatal.
Common Shopping Injuries
- Torn or strained ligaments
- Neck and back injuries
- Lacerations requiring stitches
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
Store Injury Settlements
If you believe you were injured while shopping through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation. Store injury settlements seek damages from a liable party (usually the store or mall owner) whose negligence or recklessness directly caused injury to a customer. If the injury resulted in death, the victim’s surviving family may also file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
The types and amounts of compensation that may be available to those who have been injured while shopping will depend on the severity of the injuries and whether or not you can prove that the store owner was ultimately responsible for the accident. Store injury settlements can run anywhere from several hundred dollars to millions. It is possible to receive compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Injured While Shopping? Call Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys
If you’ve been injured while shopping in Louisiana this holiday season, seek prompt medical attention. Then call Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. Our experienced premises liability lawyers have the skills to win fair store injury settlements.
We have two Louisiana offices conveniently located in Baton Rouge (by appointment only) and Metairie. You can reach our Baton Rouge office at 225-500-1111, or our Metairie office at 504-345-1111.You can also submit a free case evaluation online.
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