In Katy, Texas, the grandmother of a little girl is celebrating the life of her 3 year-old granddaughter after a terrifying incident last year. Evelina Reuss, grandmother of Piper Reuss, says that it is something that she can never forget. “That’s something that will stay with you. I could have lost her that day.” It all happened last July at a McDonald’s Playplace in Katy. Reuss’ granddaughter had been playing at the restaurant’s play area and was at a gaming station when something went terribly wrong. Somehow little Piper had managed to hang herself on a controller cord that was loose from the game. Piper’s toes were dangling and she was quickly turning dark red. “When we tried to get her out,” Reuss said, “the more we would move her, the tighter the chord would get.” Within moments, she said a worker handed a pair of scissors to one of the customers. The customer cut the cord and freed little Piper from what could have been a fatal event. Reuss said she had the expectation that the employees of the restaurant would dial 911 or inquire as to whether her granddaughter was alight, but they never did. They simply went back to work, unconcerned about the incident that had just occurred. It was up to Evelina Reuss to drive little Piper to the hospital herself. Doctors treated Piper for the deep gashes around her neck, the scars of which are still visible to this day. However, the emotional scars that are left behind on the little girl and her family have managed to cut far deeper than the broken controller had. “You go to a place like this and your last thought is that something like this could happen,” Reuss said. Reusss’ attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking damages for Piper’s injuries. The owners of the Katy McDonald’s franchise where the incident happened have stated that the accident is under investigation, however they declined to comment. Businesses that offer play areas for the patrons and their families are required to take responsibility to make sure those areas are safe. When this does not happen and someone is injured due to negligence on the part of the owners or their employees, there are definite liabilities for that business. Even if that business is a large corporation, you have rights that you are entitled to by law. If you or a loved one has been injured in a restaurant or other business, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Medical costs, physical therapy or even lost time from work, pain and suffering and emotional trauma can all be a part of the costs that are incurred on the road to recovery. When you call our offices, we will match you with an attorney that will take the time to go over the details of your case. They will then outline potential options that can be taken in order to get you the compensation that you are legally entitled to. Your initial consultation with one of our lawyers is both confidential and without cost or obligation to you.