A fun outing to the mall can turn into a disastrous situation if you are hurt in a premises liability accident. Unfortunately, there are many ways you can be injured at a mall. Slip and fall accidents, escalator and elevator accidents, assaults, and parking lot accidents are just a few of the ways you could suffer injuries.
Unfortunately, many of these accidents involve more than one negligent party. If you want to receive all the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries, you will need to pursue claims against all potentially liable parties.
Who Could Be Responsible for Compensating You After a Mall Accident?
It can be more complicated to determine who is liable to compensate you for your injuries if you are hurt at the mall than in other premises liability accidents. However, it is crucial to pursue claims against all at-fault parties to ensure that you receive the maximum recovery you deserve.
You will need the help of an experienced premises liability attorney to identify the cause of your accident and the negligent parties. Depending on why your accident occurred, you may be able to pursue claims against these defendants:
- Property owner. The mall owner is responsible for maintaining the mall in a safe condition, to correct dangerous conditions quickly, and to post warning signs of hazards when they cannot rectify them quickly. The property owner will most likely face some liability to compensate you.
- Retail tenant. If your slip and fall or other premises liability accident occurred in a retail store, you may need to sue the store owner. Depending on their lease with the mall, they may be responsible for all maintenance and repairs in their retail space.
- Property management company. Many mall owners hire a property management company to lease commercial spaces to tenants and to maintain the mall in a safe condition. They could be a liable party if the breach of their duties contributed to your accident.
- Maintenance company. The property manager or mall owner most likely hired a maintenance company to regularly inspect the property and make necessary repairs. If your injuries were caused by a lack of inspections or repairs, you may have a claim against this company.
- Janitorial services. A janitorial service could face liability if your injuries were caused by their failure to properly clean public restrooms, retail stores, and the mall's common areas. They may also be responsible if their cleaning and waxing of mall floors made them dangerously slippery and you were injured in a slip and fall.
- Security company. If you were the victim of a crime at the mall, you may have a claim against the property owner and the security company they hired if these parties did not take adequate steps to protect you.
We're Here to Help If You Were Injured in a Mall Accident
If you or a family member were injured in a premises liability accident at the mall, our dedicated legal team is here to thoroughly investigate the cause of your injuries and the parties responsible to compensate you. Contact or call our Norfolk office today to learn more about your options and how we can assist you.