Posted on February 23rd, 2009 by Zane Cagle
While some people took advantage of Black Friday sales with much enthusiasm last November, one family experienced only tragedy when their son was trampled by a mob of shoppers at a large store trying to get Christmas sale items.
Right around 5 a.m., a group of consumers broke through a glass door and trampled the victim, a temporary security guard at the store. As a result of the accident, his parents filed a notice of claim this month citing wrongful death, pain and suffering, punitive damages and more against Nassau County and its police department for failure to heed previous complaints about dangerous crowd behavior.
Knowing that Black Friday traditionally proved to be a chaotic shopping day, the store had hired extra security to deal with the crowds. Local police had also dispatched about half a dozen officers to help patrol the area, but made it clear that it was the store’s responsibility to provide security.
As of right now, the victim’s parents have not filed a lawsuit against the county and police department, and are still considering a suit against the large chain store, the security company, and the shopping mall. Their attorney said the notice of claim was simply to protect the family’s rights in case they chose to file suit later on.
If you have lost a loved one and feel you have the right to file a wrongful death claim, contact the Wrongful Death Attorneys at Page Cagle today for a free consultation. Zane T. Cagle can provide a free consultation to determine if you have a personl injury or a wrongfuld death claim at 1(314) 276-1681.