Anyone who has shopped at some of the nation’s massive home improvement stores may have experienced a near miss from falling objects when trying to retrieve merchandise from the towering shelves packed with items ranging from construction supplies to landscaping materials. Even workers at these stores are sometimes injured stocking or retrieving merchandise whether from a falling object, falls from ladders, forklift related injuries, or slips and falls along the slick concrete floors. No one ever expects things to go wrong, but accidents happen and sometimes customers and employees can be injured.
Recently, a Massachusetts man filed a law suit against Home Depot, claiming that he was stuck by a piece of pipe which fell from an overhead shelf as he was trying to retrieve a plastic bin. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, when the plaintiff attempted to dodge the falling object, he felt a popping sensation in his neck and shoulder and, despite his efforts, the 1 1/2 diameter pipe struck him on the head leaving two distinct indentations. The resulting injuries allegedly impacted the victim’s ability to perform his job and he claims he incurred significant medical expenses, lost wages and other economic losses due to the defendant’s negligence.
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The Home Depot case is still ongoing, but should serve as a warning to consumers and workers alike that businesses and workplaces sometimes harbor hidden dangers. If you are injured in an accident at work or you are an individual who sustained injuries following an accident at a business or someone’s residence, contact the Des Moines premises liability personal injury Law Offices of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for immediate assistance at515.989.8529.