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Retail Store Accidents

We want good customer service when we walk into a store. But the most important starting point must be that the premises are safe. As annoying as an unhelpful salesperson or incorrect price tag might be, it won't leave you with broken bones or, worse, permanent disabilities. It's the responsibility of store management to keep their customers safe. When they fail, they must be held responsible. But most retailers have insurance policies, and those big insurance companies are going to do whatever it takes to pay as little as possible, including putting you and your actions on trial. An experienced personal injury lawyer could help you recover what you're owed.

Houston Retail Store Accidents Lawyer

If you've been injured while shopping, the Houston retail store accidents lawyers at Wilhite & Associates, P.C., will fight for you. You have a right, when you walk in a store, to expect that merchant to keep the premises safe. If they didn't, you shouldn't be expected to shoulder the burden of their negligence. We will take on the big insurance companies and their high-dollar lawyers. Call us today at (281) 537-2171 to set up a free consultation to discuss your injuries and your claim.

At Wilhite & Associates, P.C., we can represent clients hurt in retail stores anywhere in or around Houston, including Harris County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Montgomery County, Grimes County and Washington County.

Responsibilities of Houston Merchants

When a store opens its doors to the public, it is, quite literally, inviting anyone in to their establishment to look at their wares and buy something from them. Since they are inviting your onto their premises, they have a responsibility to make sure their space is safe. When they don't, accidents happen. If the store does not property put out signage after mopping, patrons may slip and break an arm. It items are put on the shelves in a haphazard way, they could come tumbling down when a shopper pulls one out to put in a shopping cart, causing a concussion. If the store does not maintain its parking lot, a person could trip and break an ankle.

Store owners have a legal duty to use reasonable and ordinary care to keep their premises safe. They must warn patrons of dangerous conditions that are not obvious, like wet floors. They also have a duty to make reasonable inspections to ensure there are no dangerous conditions. This means that if you are in a grocery store, another patron drops a bottle of wine and, less than a minute later, you step on the broken glass and get cut, the store may not be liable for your injuries. If, however, a patron drops the bottle and an hour passes and you then get cut, you may have a strong case. Within an hour, a store employee should have checked the aisle, saw the mess and had someone cleaned. Since they failed at their duty to make reasonable inspections and you were hurt, they could be liable for your damages.

Types of Damages in Houston Retail Accidents

If you've been injured at a store in the Houston area, there are two types of damages that might be available to you: compensatory, meant to compensate you for what you've lost, and exemplary, meant to punish the person doing the wrong. Exemplary damages are sometimes called "punitive damages," and are only available in circumstances involving gross negligence or actual malice. While rare, your personal injury lawyer should be able to help you determine whether they might be available.

Compensatory damages fall into two categories:

  • Economic damages are measurable, tangible monetary damages you incurred. These could include hospital, doctor or physical therapy bills, lost wages from any work you may have missed, and, if you have some kind of disability stemming from your injury, any lost future wages from a lose ability to work.
  • Non-economic damages are the less tangible damages that are difficult to measure, but still owed to you. These include pain and suffering or mental anguish.

Houston Retailers Carry Insurance

Most stores maintain an insurance policy. When you are hurt on their premises, it's actually the insurance company that will be making the payments, and that means it's the insurance company that you'll be up against. You may have called the store seeking to have your doctor bills paid and got a call back from the insurance company. Or, if you gave the store your information, they may have contacted you.  They may tell you that the accident was your fault, and they owe you nothing. Or, on the opposite end, they may offer you a settlement and say it's what they owe.
Don't be fooled. Insurance companies are there to make sure you get as little as they can get away with. When you have a lawyer on your side, you have someone who will fight for you.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. | Texas Retail Accident Attorney

If you've been hurt while a customer in any type of retail establishment, have a Houston retail store accident lawyer on your side. Call Wilhite & Associates, P.C. We'll take on the big insurance companies to fight for what's owed to you. Call us today at (281) 537-2171 to set up a free consultation.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. represents clients from all over Southeast Texas, including:

Harris County - Aldine, Atascocita, Barrett, Barker, Baytown, Bellaire, Brownwood, Bunker Hill Village, Channelview, Clear Lake, Cloverleaf, Crosby, Cypress, Deer Park, East Houston, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Highlands, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hudson, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, Kingwood, Klein, La Porte, Louetta, Lynchburg, Nassau Bay, North Houston, Pasadena, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Sheldon, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Webster, West University Place

Montgomery County - Conroe, Cut and Shoot, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Patton Village, Roman Forest, Shenandoah, Splendora, Stagecoach, Willis, Woodbranch, Woodloch, The Woodlands

Fort Bend County - Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, Thompsons

Waller County - Brookshire, Hempstead, Pattison, Pine Island, Prairie View, Waller

Grimes County - Anderson, Bedias, Iola, Navasota, Todd Mission

Washington County - Brenham, Burton, Chappell Hill

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