Trip and fall lawsuit brought against department store

It is very important for stores to take proper steps to address tripping hazards that arise on their premises. If a store fails to do this, it can result in a customer suffering a harmful trip and fall accident. No customer should have to suffer an injury-causing accident because a store acted negligently in regards to its premises.

Recently, a store has been accused of premises-related negligence. The store in question is a department store that is located in a mall in Texarkana, Texas. A woman claims that a tripping hazard was present in the store, that the store negligently failed to take proper actions to address this hazard and that this alleged negligence by the store caused her to suffer a harmful accident.

The accident allegedly occurred on Dec. 2, 2010. That day, the woman was shopping in the store. The woman claims that a power outlet was sticking out of the store’s floor. According to the woman, she tripped on this protruding power outlet and fell. The woman alleges that she suffered a variety of harms as a result of this accident, including:

  • Physical impairment
  • Pain
  • Mental anguish

A lawsuit has been brought in a court in Texas by the woman against the store in connection to these allegations. In this lawsuit, the woman is asking for damages.

As the allegations in this case underscore, premises-related negligence by stores can by very harmful. One hopes that stores are held accountable when they act negligently in regards to their premises and such negligence results in a customer getting injured. Car accident lawyers in Flint understand these issues and can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.



San Diego Area Teen Gets Sentenced For Killing Adoptive Mother

San Diego youth, Heather D’Aoust, suffers from mental illness.

But her mental illness will not amount to an insanity defense. 

In December, D’Aoust pleaded guilty to the second degree murder of her adoptive mother, Rebecca D’Aoust, 56.  Earlier this week, she was sentenced to a jail term of 16 years to life. In 2008, the San Diego area teen allegedly bludgeoned her mother to death with a hammer.  Rebecca’s husband and 21 year old daughter were also in the house and awoke to muffled screams before calling the police. 

Despite the vicious crime and the fact that Heather killed his wife, James D’Aoust, Heather’s adoptive father, stood by his adoptive daughter’s side, saying that that Heather was “not evil”.

Heather D’Aoust will not be eligible for parole for 16 years.  That’s a long time in prison for juvenile crime.  But D’Aoust was not tried as a juvenile

Heather’s San Diego criminal defense attorney claimed that Heather had a history of mental illness, which she inherited from her birth parents.  This illness, her San Diego criminal defense attorney claimed, necessitated that she be tried in the Juvenile Court system, “where she can be helped”.  Heather D’Aoust suffers from bi-polar disorder and the murder occurred a week after she had changed medications. 

There exist several tests to determine whether the defendant can use the defense of insanity with Clermont criminal defense attorneys.  California applies the M’Naughten test, a test that hinges largely on criminal defendant’s ability to discern between right and wrong.

The Judge in D’Aoust’s case admitted that Heather D’Aoust suffered from mental illness, but that the mental illness did not amount to a defense in her particular case. 

And so, Heather D’Aoust must wait 16 years before she has a chance at freedom again.