For most people in Florida and across the country, a trip to the area mall is a relatively commonplace event. Shoppers often visit malls and conduct their business with the full intention of returning home in the same condition in which they left. Unfortunately, if there is inadequate security, the lives of the shoppers could be at risk. In fact, a wrongful death lawsuit filed in another state claims that such was a factor in the death of a child.
The incident that led to the lawsuit happened near the food court of a mall. Reports indicate that multiple shots were fired. Tragically, an 8-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet. He later passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the incident.
The family has since filed a lawsuit against the mall. It claims that the child’s death was the result of inadequate security. The lawsuit says that because numerous shootings, assaults and other acts of violence had previously occurred at the mall, the shooting incident that resulted in the child’s death was foreseeable, and the mall had a duty to protect those in the mall by providing security.
Nothing will likely alleviate the grief and sense of loss that this family feels over the unexpected death of this child. However, the family reportedly hopes that by taking action, similar incidents are prevented in the future, protecting others from having to suffer as they have. Those who own or manage properties in Florida are responsible for ensuring the safety of visitors. Inadequate security, especially in an area with a history of violent events, could have devastating consequences. Filing a lawsuit is one option for holding responsible parties accountable when negligence leads to harm.