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There are 62 malls in New Jersey, according to the International Federation of Shopping Centers. While they may not seem like a treacherous place to be, they can be rife with dangers that most of us never consider.
If you do fall victim to one of the dangers posed by New Jersey’s shopping malls, the personal injury attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The most common shopping mall accident is a slip and fall. Parking lots often have cracked or uneven paving, and it’s easy to be injured before you even get into the building. Often these large parking lots are poorly maintained in icy or snowy weather, which could contribute to an accident. Once you’re inside the mall, polished and waxed floors – while aesthetically pleasing – present a serious risk.
Some of the escalators in shopping malls in New Jersey, including Short Hills Mall, Bridgewater Commons, Menlo Park Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall, Cherry Hill Mall, Garden State Plaza and Newport Centre Mall, are old and poorly maintained. If these escalators have steps out of sync, broken entry mats or misaligned handrails, you could be seriously injured. Many escalators have an emergency stop function that is designed to keep you safe, but a sudden stop could result in a fall.
The shopping mall parking lot is a hot spot for automobile accidents. Thanks to competition for desirable parking spaces close to the entrance, drivers are often focused on available parking spots, rather than looking around for other vehicles or pedestrians. In addition, lines, arrows and other markings can be worn away, leading to confusion about the direction cars are supposed to travel. This can lead to head-on and side collisions.
If you have been injured inside a shopping mall, it’s possible you have two personal injury claims. The first claim is against the shopping mall, whose owners are held liable by law to protect visitors from injury. If you were injured while shopping at a retail store inside the mall, you have a second claim against that retailer. In this case, you and your attorney would deal with the retail claim first, and the claim against the mall becomes a secondary claim.
If you were injured in a common area of the mall, your claim is against the shopping mall alone. When it comes to premises liability, the law puts a very strict duty on shopping mall owners to protect their customers from all foreseeable events. Keep in mind that you do not have to be a paying customer to be entitled to this protection. Whether you are at the mall to spend money or simply to window shop, you have a right to be protected from harm.
No matter the circumstances that led to your injury, and whether it occurred inside a shopping mall or in the mall parking lot, Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will help you file a complete claim. We’ve successfully represented clients in shopping mall accidents, and we’ll work to get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today and request a free consultation about your case. We will answer your questions, explain your rights and work tirelessly to get you compensated for your injuries.