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Home Depot could be held liable to a Louisiana couple for injuries the wife suffered when she was struck by a 600-pound box that fell from one of the store’s shelves.

A Louisiana couple has hit Home Depot Inc. with a lawsuit, asking the court to hold the home improvement giant accountable for the substantial injuries the wife allegedly sustained after being hit by a 600 pound box that fell from one of the store’s highest shelves.

A store which welcomes customers for commercial gain is held to the “business invitee” standard of care to prevent negligent acts (which is higher than the ordinary negligence standard). Understandably so, businesses who invite the public onto its premises for profit (like Home Depot here) are required to take extra measures to protect customers. And companies are held liable for failing to do so.

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