As a mall customer, you’re owed the highest duty of care.
The holiday season isn’t complete without shopping. This December, lots of families will be heading to the Galleria mall to purchase presents for their friends and loved ones. Being injured in a mall slip and fall accident isn’t on the top of anyone’s mind, but those who have been injured know that it can be a very tough battle.
Even when you take the necessary precautions to be careful, things like slipping on shiny marble floors or tripping on escalators may land you in hospital with serious injuries.
As a Galleria Mall patron, you’re protected by the law, thanks to various statues stating that you need to be reasonably informed or warned by the mall owner regarding the various hazards present within the building.
At the same time, if you’ve been a victim of a premises-related accident at the Galleria Mall, you need to act fast and document evidence that might help your case. Shopping malls usually have round the clock surveillance; chances are that your accident was caught on tape. After taking the information of individuals who witnessed the accident, you’ll need to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible so you can subpoena the mall management and acquire video evidence of the accident BEFORE it is deleted/overwritten.
Escalators are, of course, a major source of premises accidents. Escalators usually have a steady speed, ensuring that the patrons don’t have to struggle to find their balance. This constant speed also makes it possible for them to step off escalators while moving at a reasonable momentum. However, escalator malfunctions may result in serious accidents.
There are state laws regarding the maintenance and operation of escalators. Mall owners are required to ensure that they maintain their escalators on a regular basis.
Here are some of the most common causes of escalator accidents:
- Sudden stopping of the unit, causing the person to jerk forward or back and fall.
- Overcrowding which may put considerable strain on the escalator’s motor.
- Change in direction.
- Loose steps
- Had rails that are too fast
- Wet steps
- and more…
Premises-related injuries are not just confined to the escalator. They can happen in a store, in the food court, and even in the parking lot. Rasansky Law Firm has dealt with slip and fall mall accidents and has the needed experience to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Get in touch with our attorneys today and we’ll get you started with a free consultation. We will help you understand your legal options.