Shopping malls are popular places for Americans to spend shopping and socializing. The Mall of America, which is the largest shopping mall in the United States, has 40 million people visit it each year, and Woodfield Mall is the most-visited place in all of Illinois. With lots of people visiting shopping malls on a daily basis, it is not surprising that people are injured at malls on a regular basis.
The following accident statistics reveal the wide range of injuries that occur at malls:
- Between 1990 and 2010, 11,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries that they sustained from amusement rides located at shopping malls, arcades, and restaurants.
- In 2013, 10 people were injured in a California mall food court when a piece of the food court’s ceiling fell on top of them.
- 73% of injuries that occurred as a result of amusement rides at shopping malls were caused by a young child falling in, against, on, or off the ride, often due to a lack of proper padding or restraint on the ride.
- Recently, one person died and 27 other people were injured by a carbon monoxide leak at a mall in Massachusetts.
- 10 people were injured at a mall in 2006 when the mall’s Black Friday promotion induced shoppers into a stampede.
- A two-year-old girl whose foot was crushed by an escalator in a New Jersey mall had to undergo 15 surgeries to repair her foot.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Since shopping malls are open to the public, they are responsible for providing a relatively safe environment for all shoppers, which they occasionally fail to do. However, ensuring that a shopping mall is held accountable for failing to fulfill the duty of safety that they owed to you as a shopper may seem like a daunting task.
If you were injured at a shopping mall, a personal injury attorney can help you recover damages.