Almost everyone visits shopping malls and shopping centers on a regular basis. As a result, shopping mall accidents are a fairly common occurrence. When a shopping mall accident is caused by a dangerous or defective condition of the property that can be traced to the negligence of the mall or store owner, the accident may lead to a personal injury claim. If you were injured in a shopping mall accident, you should speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney about your legal rights and options.
Common Types of Shopping Mall Accidents
Some of the most common examples of shopping mall accidents include:
- Motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents in parking lots and garages
- Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Assaults facilitated by negligent security
- Trampling incidents
- Pedestrian bridge collapses
Injuries Suffered in Shopping Mall Accidents
While most injuries suffered in shopping mall accidents are usually limited to scrapes and bruises, more serious or even life-threatening injuries can occur in shopping mall accidents. Some common examples of shopping mall accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Stab wounds or gunshot wounds
- Internal injuries and internal bleeding
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Who Can You Hold Liable for a Shopping Mall Accident?
Assigning liability for a shopping mall accident can be a tricky question. The location in the mall where the accident occurred can play a big part in determining liability. While the mall owner may have liability for an accident that occurs in common areas or in the parking lot or garage of the mall, accidents that occur inside stores in the mall may be the responsibility of the store owner/operator.
In addition to the mall owner or an individual store owner, other parties that may be liable for a shopping mall accident include third-party maintenance companies, such as an elevator/escalator repair company or a maintenance company hired to remove snow and ice from a shopping mall parking lot.
To hold a party liable for a shopping mall accident, you will need to prove that you were injured by a dangerous condition on the premises and that the condition was either created by the at-fault party or the condition existed long enough that a mall or store owner should have discovered and fixed the condition or warned customers of its presence.
Compensation for Injuries Suffered in a Shopping Mall Accident
If you have been injured by a shopping mall accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries, such as:
- Medical treatment expenses, including for ER and hospital bills, surgery, prescriptions, doctor’s appointment, and physical therapy
- Loss of wages or income for time missed from work while recovering from injuries
- Loss of earning capacity due to permanent disabilities
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress or trauma
- Loss of quality of life due to permanent scarring/disfigurement or physical disability
Contact a Scotch Plains Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Shopping Mall Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a shopping mall accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represent clients injured because of shopping mall accidents in Edison, Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Piscataway, and throughout New Jersey. Call (908) 325-5571 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1827 E. 2nd St., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, as well as offices in Westfield, Newark, East Brunswick, Clifton, Cherry Hill, and Elizabeth.
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