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If products fall on you at a big-box store

Big box stores are often a great way to save money, as these huge warehouse-style stores carry bulk options and reduced prices. The fact that the store is its own warehouse helps to drive prices down.

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However, this also creates a potentially dangerous situation. Boxes could be stacked up 30 or 40 feet over people's heads. These boxes can contain everything from bulk jars of peanut butter to patio furniture. If one of them falls and strikes you while you're shopping, you could be very seriously injured.

There are a few ways you may be able to sue for compensation. For example, you may use a premises liability lawsuit if the owner of the store knew the boxes created a dangerous shopping environment -- or should have known -- and didn't make necessary changes to protect shoppers.

You could also sue if the employees worked in an unsafe fashion and caused the accident by poorly stacking the boxes or even dropping them while getting them down or putting them up. The employer may not have given the employees proper training, or may have encouraged unsafe practices in order to get the job done faster. Either way, you were put in harm's way by this unsafe working environment.

If you do end up suing, you may start with your medical bills and the cost of physical rehabilitation. However, don't forget about the other possible damages, such as the pain and suffering you had to endure. If you missed time at work because you were hurt -- or if you were disabled by the injury -- you may also be able to seek compensation for lost wages.

Source: FindLaw, "Can You Sue If a Box Falls on You at a Store?," Brett Snider, accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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