(Richmond, TX) Houston attorneys, Mo Aziz, David Baluk, and Ali Roberson of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner and Bilaal Badat of The Law Office of Bilaal Badat, PLLC, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Gulam Khijli, a Richmond, Texas Resident, against Academy Sports + Outdoors after a bicycle fell from the third level of a bike display rack, hitting Mr. Khijli, and knocking him unconscious.
On March 6, 2021, Mr. Khilji was standing near the bike display rack at a Richmond, Texas location of Academy Sports + Outdoors when a bike fell from the third level of the display rack as an employee was adjusting the bikes on display. The height the bike fell from, combined with the weight of the bike, crushed Mr. Khijli, causing him to fall to the ground and knocking him unconscious. The failure on behalf of Academy to properly train its employees in the safe maneuvering of the bikes, and Academy’s failure to maintain a safe premise, resulted in Mr. Khijli’s injuries.
Commenting on the lawsuit, Attorney Mo Aziz stated, “Our client is fortunate to be alive. This incident could have easily resulted in fatality. Basic safety policies and procedures could have prevented this incident.”
Attorney Bilaal Badat also added, “Retail giants, like Academy Sports + Outdoors, stock and display their bikes on large, intricate racks, that sometimes hold two, even three levels of items, all stacked on top of one another. These stores owe a duty to their patrons, to ensure their premises are safe for all customers, while also adequately training staff how to safely operate and manage the dangerous racks. This is especially important when a customer is near the bike display rack while in the process of evaluating or making his or her bicycle selection.”