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Court awards for mangled hand

A 10-YEAR-old girl got 50,000 yuan (US$7,320) in compensation from Yolo Electrical Appliances, one of China's biggest electrical appliances retailers, for having her right hand injured by the store's escalator.

Jiading District People's Court helped the two sides reach the agreement after three hearings, though the store bore only partial responsibility for the girl's injury.

The girl surnamed Liu went with her uncle and cousin to a Yolo outlet in Nanxiang, Jiading District, in July last year.

Her uncle was busy choosing a refrigerator on the fourth floor while the children took the escalator up and down for fun.

When Liu was going to reach the third floor on the escalator, a sandal she was wearing fell and was clamped by the moving teeth of the escalator. She bent over quickly, trying to pick up the sandal. But her hand got trapped, the court heard.

Liu's uncle called police at once. With their help, Liu finally got her badly mangled hand out. She was sent to hospital and treated for several fractures, but her hand still can't move freely, the court heard.

Liu's parents sued for more than 190,000 yuan, blaming Yolo for a lack of safety protection.

Yolo said it had posted notices at the escalators to remind people of risks of playing on the escalators. Yolo offered to compensate the girl 50,000 yuan out of compassion.

The court decided that Liu's uncle's neglect of the minors was the major reason for the accident. But it faulted the store for failing to stop the girl's risky behavior.


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