This past month, a Georgia toddler tragically lost her life in what’s been deemed a “freak accident” at a shoe store. A mirror from a store wall came crashing down, falling on top of the little girl. She died shortly after at a local hospital. Her family members are now distraught and left with several questions, including why the mirror was not properly secured.
According to Channel 2 Action News, Iffrah Siddique, 2, was shopping with her family on the evening of Friday, March 2nd. The Siddique family was at a Payless Shoe Source in Riverdale, buying shoes for the child, when a mirror suddenly came falling from the store wall and fell on top of her. The girl was rushed to the closest hospital but passed away shortly after from internal bleeding and blood loss. In the same article, witness La Tisha Tultaick claimed, “I just saw blood and the little girl, but she was just laying there lifeless.” Siddique’s parents were too distraught to talk to reporters after the incident.
According to Justia.com, a premises liability suit can be filed against a retail store if the plaintiff proves “injury was caused by a reasonably foreseeable dangerous condition related to the mode of operation.” If the Siddique family proves that Payless Shoe Source was negligent in securing the mirror that took their child’s life, they may be able to file a wrongful death suit to best compensate their suffering. Business owners are supposed to constantly maintain their premises in safe conditions to keep customers safe from harm, and it is very possible that Payless Shoe Source failed to do so in this tragedy.
Payless Shoe Source told Channel 2 Action News, “We are devastated by this tragic event and are fully cooperating with authorities to research and understand the nature of this accident.” They declined to provide further information. The Siddique family saw a window and mirror repair truck outside the store the Saturday after the incident.
Premises liability cases are almost always a result of property owners being negligent in their responsibility to keep visitors safe. When property owners fail to prioritize the safety of guests, innocent people, like Siddique, suffer the consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a dangerous property, call one of our attorneys at Schneider Hammers today. We are dedicated to helping those who suffered during a tragedy.