Atlanta Falling Merchandise Lawyer

Stephen R. Hasner
Managing Partner at Hasner Law PC
May 10, 2024
Atlanta Falling Merchandise Lawyer

Were you injured by falling merchandise in Atlanta, GA? You could be entitled to compensation in a premises liability claim if the merchandise fell due to negligence. You may be able to recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Atlanta falling merchandise lawyers at Hasner Law PC have more than 80 years of combined experience. We’ve recovered over $100 million in life-changing awards for injured victims.

Our trial lawyers have successfully handled thousands of injury cases. When you are taking on big retail merchants, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney on your side. Give our Atlanta, Georgia law office a call today at 678-888-4878 to schedule your free consultation

How Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help if You’re Hurt by Falling Merchandise in Atlanta

How Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help if You’re Hurt by Falling Merchandise

If you’re injured on someone else’s property – especially a retail store – you’ll face an uphill battle trying to get the compensation you deserve. That’s where we can help. We’re known as fierce advocates for accident victims. We’ll stand up against big insurance companies and help protect you from being taken advantage of.

When you hire our Atlanta personal injury lawyers, we’ll:

  • Conduct a full investigation of your accident, figure out why the merchandise fell, and determine who’s responsible
  • Examine your medical reports to get a clear picture of your expenses and ongoing medical needs so we can calculate your damages
  • Handle all communications with insurance companies
  • Negotiate for a settlement that fairly compensates you
  • Send a top-rated trial lawyer to fight for you in court, if the insurance company fails to extend a fair offer

We’ve had success in countless cases in and out of the courtroom. We’re skilled negotiators, but we’ve never been afraid to take a case to court if that’s what it takes to get you the money you deserve. And if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Overview of Falling Merchandise Accidents

If you’re injured by falling merchandise in Atlanta, you might be able to seek compensation for your injuries in a premises liability claim. This type of personal injury lawsuit is available to people who are hurt on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accidents are another type of premises liability lawsuit.

Property owners have a duty to keep the premises safe for visitors. The law generally recognizes different categories of visitors: (1) invitees; (2) licensees; and (3) trespassers.

The duty of the property owner varies for each category of visitor.


Invitees are people who are specifically invited to the property and are owed the highest duty of care. Customers in a retail store or visitors to other places that are generally open to the public are typically invitees. 

Property owners must regularly inspect the premises for hazards, fix dangerous conditions, or warn of hazards that cannot be fixed right away. 


If you’re on someone’s property as a social guest, such as visiting someone’s house for dinner, you’re typically a licensee. A property owner must warn licensees about hidden dangers, such as a loose step or wobbly handrail that might not be obvious. But they don’t have to go around and regularly inspect everything, and you’re generally expected to look out for obvious hazards.


Property owners generally have no duty to keep premises safe for people who have no legal right to be on the premises. However, they can’t intentionally harm trespassers. And there are exceptions to protect children from getting hurt by things on the property that are attractive to children, such as a swimming pool or a pond.

Premises liability cases can get extremely complicated. It is best to contact an experienced Atlanta premises liability attorney for your best chance to get the maximum compensation from your case.

What Causes Merchandise to Fall?

Falling merchandise is almost always the result of human error.

Some of the reasons merchandise can fall and become a hazard include:

  • Stacking too high
  • Stacking heavy items on top of lighter items
  • Not putting items within reach of customers
  • Lack of training on proper stacking and storage
  • Failure to secure items on shelves
  • Mislabeled merchandise: if items are packed with the wrong label, it could lead to being stored in a place inappropriate for their weight
  • Broken or inadequate shelving

Merchandise can also fall while employees are restocking shelves. Store employees could block off the area or place warning signs to alert customers of hazards while they are placing items on shelves. Employees should routinely be monitoring shelves for merchandise that is hanging off shelves and posing a danger.

What Injuries Are Caused by Falling Merchandise?

When merchandise falls, it can cause:

  • Concussions and other brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Wrongful death

Big box stores stack shelves high. Some retail spaces look like warehouses themselves, with extra merchandise many feet above customers as they walk through aisles. Home improvement stores have stacks of building material that could be deadly if it falls on a customer or employee.

What Compensation Can I Get if I’m Injured by Falling Merchandise?

Each case is unique, but if you were injured due to a store’s negligence, you can typically seek economic and non-economic damages. That means you could recover monetary losses as well as compensation for pain and suffering.

You could seek compensation for:

  • Doctor bills
  • Medication
  • Lost wages
  • Surgery and hospital stays
  • Medical devices
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Physical therapy

We frequently hire experts to help us value and prove injury claims. Ongoing and anticipated future expenses related to your accident are generally recoverable.

Get Help From Our Premises Liability Attorneys in Atlanta Today

Were you hurt by falling merchandise in Atlanta, GA? Retailers are going to put up a big fight if you try to get the compensation you deserve. Let our experienced Atlanta falling merchandise lawyers hold the responsible parties financially accountable. Call Hasner Law PC today for your free consultation – there’s no risk to you.

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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.