New York City is a mecca for shoppers. It is packed with shopping malls with stores that range in scope from luxury retail to urban chic to affordable family-oriented outlets. Like all public venues that host crowds, however, shopping malls have potential dangers that can cause injury and even death. They include:
- Slips and falls on escalators, stairways, or elevators. People can also trip over cracked and uneven pavement in parking lots, slip on spilled food and drink in the food court, and trip over wrinkled floor mats.
- Slippery or icy parking lots and floors. Failure to lay down salt on a routine basis or mop up rainwater and melted snow makes both exterior and interior surfaces dangerous.
- Broken handrails that collapse when gripped, resulting in a potentially fatal fall.
- Overly hot food and beverages that burn the mouth or sections of the body if dropped.
- Falling merchandise, advertising signs or broken ceiling tiles.
- Assaults and muggings in bathrooms, underground parking lots and other areas that are either poorly lit or not open to public view.
- Crashes in parking lots due to substandard lighting or worn-away signage
Recent reports about Black Friday mayhem and the resulting catastrophic injuries confirm that safety is a serious concern in large malls, especially during high-volume shopping periods. Many people have gone to their local mall to pick up birthday or holiday gifts only to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Burns and lacerations
- Permanent scarring
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal injuries
- Wrongful death
If you are injured at a New York shopping mall, you may have a personal injury claim against both the shopping mall and the retail store you were in when the incident occurred. If the accident took place in a common area of the mall, such as the food court, elevators, public restrooms, and parking lot, your claim is against the mall alone. In either case, you may be able to sue for compensatory damages if the incident was due to negligence on the part of the property owner or manager:
- Present and future medical and rehabilitative expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
A New York personal injury attorney with a background in premises liability can assist you by reviewing the circumstances of your case, helping you determine who was at fault, and initiating an action against them. An experienced attorney will carry out a thorough investigation, interviewing witnesses, obtaining medical expert testimony, and assembling all details necessary to accurately present your case in a compelling manner. They will work to help you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve, so that you can recover and move forward without financial worries impeding your progress. Jayson Lutzky has helped numerous accident and personal injury clients over the past 33+ years. He has helped recover millions in compensation for injuries and wrongful death cases. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-person consultations and can be reached at 718-514-6619.