Colorado injury attorney D.J. Banovitz can explain the penalty for risk or injury to a child in the state of Colorado. Accidents that happen on property can lead to the owner being liable if it can be shown that negligence was the cause.
Do you know your kid danger zones at the mall?
Displays, for one, are not often thought of as a danger zone in a store. Although taller, heavier displays pose the risk of injury if they fall over, even a small display that topples could hurt a child. Make sure your children don’t touch or lean on displays.
Escalators are another danger zone in the mall. Falling injuries are the primary problem for parents in regard to escalators. However, the moving parts of the escalator can also catch a child’s clothing or body parts (such as hands or feet) and cause serious traumatic injury.
You can help avoid injuries on an escalator by holding your child’s hand and making sure his or her free hand doesn’t get trapped in the handrail or other moving parts exposed on the escalator. Make sure shoelaces are tied and other items of clothing are not loose. Never allow a child to sit on the step of an escalator.
Elevators can also be a danger zone in the mall. Although sensors can usually detect something is in the way and cause the doors to automatically open, little fingers – or even arms – may not register and could become crushed, or worse. So make sure your child doesn’t touch the doors or try to push any part of his or her body through the opening.
Shopping Center Liability and Penalties for Risk or Injury to a Child
In Colorado, a mall’s administration, in addition to other workers, could be held liable if they are found negligent. Negligence would be determined by an awareness of a safety issue and failing to fix it with a child injury as a result. It is the duty of the owner to maintain the premises, not just inside the mall but usually the parking lot outside as well.
However, injuries inside a store could result in the store owner being liable, and not the mall. You would need an attorney to evaluate the specifics of your case to determine who may be at fault.
Penalties for injury to a child could include compensation for damages such as:
- medical bills;
- a parent’s lost income from caring for the child while injured;
- pain and suffering;
- mental anguish; and
Consulting with Colorado Injury Attorneys about Child Injury in Denver
If your child has sustained injuries at a mall or any other property, learn if you have a viable claim worth pursuing. If you have questions concerning the penalty for risk or injury to a child in the state of CO, contact D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060.