When parents take their children out to run errands or have fun, the last thing they expect is for something to go wrong and their children to end up in the hospital or lose their lives. Sadly, accidents occur and families lose loved ones during everyday situations. Consumers in Illinois and elsewhere should understand that if an accident was preventable, store owners or other negligent parties could be held responsible for their expenses and pain and suffering.
Recently, a tragedy involving a Payless ShoeSource store made national news. A mother was shopping at the store with her two children when a full-length mirror fell on her 2-year-old daughter, crushing her. The little girl was rushed to the hospital, but tragically did not survive. Understandably, the family is devastated, and they want answers and assurance that an accident like this will not affect other families. An investigation showed that the mirror was not fully secured to the wall, leading to it breaking free and falling. Payless officials are cooperating with authorities and say they hope to find out how the accident was allowed to happen.
Store owners have a responsibility to make sure their premises are safe for their customers, employees and others who are on the grounds. This may involve regularly inspecting the premises for potential dangers, addressing safety issues immediately and educating employees on recognizing dangers and following safety protocols. If they fail to meet these obligations, property owners may be held liable for victims’ medical expenses and related damages.
Source: ABC News, “Father describes ‘pain’ after 2-year-old is killed by falling mirror,” Scottye Kennedy, Mar. 5, 2018