Founded by Richard “Dick” Stack in 1948, Dick’s Sporting Goods is one of most recognizable retailers of sporting equipment, shoes, and apparel in the United States. Currently, the company ranks as America’s largest sports retailer, with 854 stores and over 50,000 employees. In recent years, the company has opened several “House of Sport” stores that feature high-end gear and sports facilities, like rock climbing walls. Dick’s is also the owner of Public Lands, a chain of camping and outdoor recreation stores.
But growth and expansion by a business can result in other problems, like failure to properly maintain their existing stores. In particular, Dick’s is prone to falling object accidents due to the number of objects hanging from the walls, ceilings, and rafters. Display objects can also fall off the shelves and cause injury to an innocent victim.
Were you injured from a falling object while you were at a Dick’s Sporting Goods location? If your accident was due to negligence by the company or employees at the store, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers are more than ready for the challenge of representing you in a case for Dick’s Sporting Goods injury caused by falling items improperly secured by the store. Please schedule a free consultation with our lawyers to learn about your rights and legal options.
Injuries from a Falling Item at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Of course, falling object accidents can happen at any kind of store. But people are especially at risk of these incidents at Dick’s, due to the number and types of items throughout the store. You’ve probably noticed, for example, that there are huge flat screen TVs throughout the premises, which are suspended from the ceilings and walls. There are plenty of large and heavy signs as well, along with various decorations, displays, and products that can fall on someone if they are not properly secured. Possible injuries from a falling object accident include:
Deep cuts and abrasions
Sprains and fractures
Spinal cord damage
Scars and other disfiguring injuries
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Can I Sue Dick’s for a Falling Object Accident?
If you suffered injuries from a falling object at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store, you may have grounds for a lawsuit under the law of premises liability. This legal concept generally holds owners responsible for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on their property. Thus, if you were injured by an object that was improperly secured, this constitutes an act of negligence by the store, which would give you the right to sue.
However, it’s essential that you speak to a lawyer right away, as these cases are quite challenging to prove. You also have to consider that these places often hire contractors to hang large and heavy items, ranging from store displays and light fixtures. These workers may have taken shortcuts during the installation process or received insufficient training, which can make the installation company liable for a falling object incident. Product manufacturers can also play a role in these accidents if there was a defect with the product that was caused during the design, manufacturing, or distribution process.
As there are many avenues that need to be explored, contact our law firm immediately to discuss your case with a store accident injury lawyer.
Compensation from a Lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods
If you meet the requirements for a compensation claim against Dick’s Sporting Goods, you can demand payment for the losses you’ve suffered, which are known as monetary damages. Economic and non-economic damages that may be available to you include:
Pain and suffering
Our attorneys are also here for you if your loved died from being hit with a failing item while they were at a Dick’s Sporting Goods location. Through a lawsuit, our lawyers can help you obtain funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other types of wrongful death compensation. If you’d like to discuss the possible legal actions that are available to you, please give us call to speak with a negligent death lawsuit attorney.
Average Case Value for a Falling Object Lawsuit
The value of a falling object accident case is a complex issue, and there are many factors that we have to consider before we can approximate what your lawsuit is worth. Of course, we understand that clients want to have a sense of what these cases are worth. If we were pressed to give a range of settlement values, $175,000 to $2,750,000 is likely, based on the settlements we typically recover. But some cases are settled for as little as $25,000, while others exceed $3 million due to the injuries and monetary losses suffered by the victim.
As there are many variations from one case to another, you should never assume the value of your own case based on what someone else received from their lawsuit. Instead, contact our office and schedule a time to work out an approximate settlement value with one of our legal experts.
Length of Time to Settle Your Case
The timeline to recover a falling object injury settlement can vary greatly from one case to another. Some of our cases are settled in just a few weeks, while others take 12 months or longer. Cases that go to trial can take up to several years to resolve, though most injury cases (over 90%) are settled privately between us and the store’s insurance company. How long this process will take depends on many issues, including the store’s liability for your injuries. Generally, the greater the liability and the extent of the victim’s injurie, the longer it will take to negotiate a fair settlement award. With major retailers, it can take anywhere from 6 to 10 months to reach a settlement, though this is just an estimate that may or may not reflect what happens in your own case.
How Long Do I Have to Sue Dick’s Sporting Goods?
The statute of limitations for a lawsuit against a business is two years from the date of the incident. There are limited situations where you may be given extra time by the court, but as a general rule, the two-year timeframe is absolute. To protect your right to monetary compensation, don’t delay in contacting us and retaining the services of an experienced falling object accident lawyer. We will take immediate action to investigate your case and ensure that you receive maximum payment from a personal injury lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Free Second Opinion
It’s a sad truth that many law firms work very hard on finding new clients, but their commitment quickly disappears once you sign the contract. Before you know it, you’re left without answers or updates on your case, and you’re scared about your prospects of receiving the funds you desperately need. If you’re in need of closure on a falling object injury claim, perhaps we can help with a free second opinion consultation. After a free evaluation of your claim, we will offer solutions that can help you get your case back on track. But acting on our advice is completely up to you, and the consultation is free of charge no matter what you decide. Please contact our law firm if you’d like to schedule a free second opinion with the attorneys of DTLA Law Group.
Lawyer with Experience in Falling Object Injury Cases
Being hit with a falling item may seem funny in the movies, but there are devastating consequences to these incidents in real life. Our lawyers are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you can recover from your accident – physically, emotionally, and financially. With decades of experience in falling object accident claims, you can depend on us to achieve justice on your behalf if you were injured at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store.
When you contact us, we will offer you a free consultation on your rights and legal options. If you decide to hire us, you pay nothing upfront under the Zero Fee Guarantee. All legal fees are paid by Dick’s at the end of your case, when we bring you the compensation you are entitled to. If it turns out that we don’t win your case, we make absolutely nothing since we shouldn’t get paid unless you get paid.
Please take this opportunity to contact our office and speak with a lawyer experienced in falling object accident injuries.
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