Between 1990 and 2010, 11,000 under-18 children were treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries sustained from amusement rides at shopping malls, restaurants, and arcades.
73% of injuries that were caused by amusement ride accidents at shopping malls resulted from a child falling in, on, off or against the ride which was often because of a lack of proper restraint or padding on the ride. Shopping malls are one of the most popular places for people to spend time socializing and shopping, but they are also one of the most common places for accidents that cause serious injury.
Common Types of Shopping Mall Accidents
Shopping malls are where a large number of various accidents occur. Some of these accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the staff. Here is a look at some of the most common types of accidents that take place in shopping malls in New York and other places.
Slip and Falls: When it comes to shopping mall injuries, slip and falls are the most common. Waxed and polished floors in common areas of a mall, cracked or uneven pavements on sidewalks or parking lots, snow and ice, unsecured electrical cables or wires, spilled food and drinks in food courts, etc. are all causes of slip and fall injuries in shopping malls.
Escalator Accidents: Many people get into serious accidents on escalators when they go to the mall. Misaligned handrails, broken entry mats, non-existent or demarcation, non-synced steps, sudden stops, etc. are causes of injuries sustained in escalator accidents.
Falling Merchandise: Merchandise or debris that fall from shelves in malls can cause injury. Tumbling temporary advertising signs in common areas of the mall as well as broken and worn tiles on ceilings are also likely to cause serious injury.
Improperly Maintained Shopping Carts: Injuries can also be caused by shopping carts that are not properly maintained. Abrasive and sharp edges can cut visitors’ hands and fingers. Fold-down parts of shopping carts can also pinch hands or fingers, causing injury. This is another serious accident that can take place in a New York shopping mall.
Parking Lot Accidents: Improper signage, poor lighting, etc. in a shopping mall’s parking lot can cause accidents that result in serious injury to customers. Nonexistent or worn away markers and arrows that separate the direction that cars are supposed to take can often lead to side and head-on collisions. When lighting in a mall’s parking lot is poor, it can obscure a driver’s sight and cause them to hit another person.
Getting Legal Assistance for Shopping Mall Accidents in New York
If you or a loved one has been injured in a shopping mall accident, you should immediately seek the help of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
Call us ASAP! The mall’s insurance representatives will try to get you to sign off on your case and undercut the value of your case. Do not do it! Do not sign that piece of paper. You will be cutting yourself short. You do not even know the extent of your injuries yet. RMFW Law has the capabilities and acumen to determine the full value of your case.
We have won big cases before and we do not buckle under pressure. We put the pressure on the other side. We know the tactics they employ.