Safety is a primary concern for individuals and businesses throughout California. The average homeowner, business manager and property owner take great care in making sure that the environment for which they are responsible is safe and free from obstacles that could cause injury to another individual. Failure to take such precautions can result in premises liability claims being filed in civil court.
Recently, a young girl lost her life in a tragic accident. A mom took her two children to her local Payless ShoeSource to look for shoes. While shopping, her 2-year-old daughter was near one of the mirrors hanging on the store wall. Suddenly, the mirror fell from the wall and struck the child. The girl died as a result of the accident.
Reports indicate that the mirror may not have been properly secured to the wall. The victim's father states that only one or two screws was holding it in place. The matter is still under investigation.
Nothing can be done to bring the child back or ease the pain and emotional grief that her family is suffering. However, this is an accident that could have been prevented. Depending upon the results of the investigation, it is possible that the family will have grounds to seek remedy through a premises liability claim against the company.
California business and property owners are responsible for the upkeep and safety of their property. When someone is injured as a result of a defect found on the property, it is possible that the company or property owner can be held liable. If this happens, and one suffers, the victim or his or her family may find it necessary to pursue the matter through the court system.
Source: kiro7.com, "Father speaks of 'unimaginable pain' after daughter, 2, killed by falling mirror at Payless store", Lauren Pozen, March 10, 2018