Going to the mall isn't something that most people would think of as being dangerous. In fact, most people expect that malls will have security guards on hand to help keep patrons safe. While that does happen in most cases, there are some horrible cases in which the mall doesn't provide adequate security. Sadly, a man was killed in an accident that a recent Texas lawsuit alleges is the result of improper security.
The wrongful death lawsuit has to do with a death that occurred at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, Texas. The complaint alleges that on Feb. 9, 2013, the Champs Sports store in the mall had a special sale. The mall opened early for that sale. During the sale, two customers began to argue. The argument was taken to the parking lot. During that time, the victim was leaving the mall. He was fatally shot in the parking lot of the mall.
The complainants are seeking more than $75,000 in connection with the wrongful death of this man for the loss of support and care. The April 17 lawsuit alleges that Simon Property Group L.P., knew about other violent incidents prior to this shooting and still failed to provide proper security.
Property owners who have established public areas on their property have a duty to the patrons of the areas to keep them safe from harm. Anyone who is injured because of property owner neglect, and anyone who has lost a loved one because of the same reason, might have the right to seek compensation for the damages resulting from the incident.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Broadway Square Mall owners sued after man shot to death in parking lot" Annie Cosby, Apr. 30, 2014